This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ScriptSave® WellRx.
With just a few weeks left until school lets out for the summer, my three boys are already planning their summer bucket lists. Kayaking, swimming, bowling, fishing, tennis, ziplining, trampoline park, soccer camp, and robotics camp are topping their lists.
Plus, there’s the end of the baseball season to finish, lots of 5k races during this time of year, and the track coach predicting that my oldest might make it to Nationals.
It’s a lot of activity. I’m thankful that my boys love to be so active. But with all of those activities comes a price. Summer can get expensive!
Here’s how we budget for our summer bucket list.
Memberships can save you a lot in the long run. We’ve had a pool membership for the past three summers and we swim several times a week, sometimes even every day. If we went to that same pool, paying the daily rate, it would cost $20 for the four of us to get in. When you break down the membership fee by the number of times we go, our rate is less than $2 per visit. That’s a huge savings! The only drawback is having to front that money at the start of the summer, so we only do this because we know we definitely get our money’s worth out of this membership.
Look for free or discounted activities. Our local library does an amazing job with children’s activities in the summer. From movies to a video game truck to inflatables, my boys have a blast at the library. There’s also a free kids’ bowling program where the kids can bowl two free games a day and only pay for shoe rental.
There are certain days when mini-golf is BOGO and the movie theater has discounted tickets and snacks all day. Those are the only days we’ll do those activities.
If you have multiple kids like I do, always ask about a sibling/multiple child discount. Even if you don’t, ask for a discount anyway. It really doesn’t hurt to ask. I’ve gotten great deals on kayak rentals when we rented last minute by showing up and offering about half of the usual cost.
Cut corners elsewhere. I shop where I can get the best deal on groceries. Clothes get passed down from child to child. There are certain things we can skip entirely in the summer, like monthly haircuts.
And then there are the things we can’t skip. Medications fall into this category.
I used to think I had no choice in what I paid for medications for our family, that whatever price I was told at the pharmacy was what I would pay no matter which pharmacy I chose. But I found out (from a pharmacy tech who whispered to me over the counter that I’d save about $50 on the prescription I was dropping off if I went to the one across the street) that prices can vary widely from pharmacy to pharmacy.
But price-shopping can be a time-consuming and draining process. I really don’t want to have to call all the local pharmacies to ask what they charge for each of my children’s medications. The ScriptSave® WellRx website and mobile app have an “expedia-like” look-up tool that will show you specific prices for your medication in your zipcode.
Even if you have insurance, sometimes your copay can be more than if you’d walked into the pharmacy without it and paid out of pocket or used the ScriptSave WellRx price. While you can’t use both your insurance and ScriptSave WellRx at the same time, you definitely want to check to see which one saves you more money so you have more to spend on all that summer fun!
At one local pharmacy, the out of pocket cost for one of my son’s medications is $250. You can see the various prices if I’d use the ScriptSave WellRx app, where the price of the exact same medication ranges from $100.64 to $298.55, depending on which pharmacy I went to. That’s huge savings so it’s definitely worth checking out.
The ScriptSave WellRx card/app is free to download, requires no credit card details to be entered and has no membership fee. There is no way to pay more than you would have done without the program, so it’s always worth giving it a try to see if it will save you money and give you more to spend on your summer bucket list!
Download the ScriptSave WellRx app here, using invite code CantSay.
How do you budget for your summer bucket list?