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6 Ways to Plan Out Your Summer

6 Ways to Plan Out Your Summer

Summer is almost here!

For many Americans, the season presents the ideal opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and indulge in some much-needed relaxation. But with so many things to do, where do you start to plan out your summer?

As a parent, you’re well aware that the summer season can get quite hectic… and expensive. Americans’ summer vacation spending hit a record $214B in 2023. However, the secret to making it a perfect one lies in planning.

March 1st marks an ideal time to start planning for those sunnier days. Having everything figured out ahead of time can help you navigate the summer chaos successfully.

Define Your Intentions

Defining your intentions for summer break is crucial.

Whether it’s to unwind from work, explore new places, or spend quality time with family or friends, sharing these goals with your travel companions for mutual understanding is important. By including everyone in the planning process, you can ensure that each person’s interests and ideas are considered, leading to a summer packed with unforgettable memories for all.

“Solidifying your intention at the start of your planning process will make decision-making easier and help adhere to your budget by knowing exactly what you aim to achieve,” advises Gary Isler, Senior Vice President, Investments at David Lerner Associates, Inc.

“Additionally, a well-planned trip with a defined purpose ensures you fully utilize your time off,” Isler further explains.

6 Ways to Plan Out Your Summer

At David Lerner Associates, we advocate for forward-thinking financial strategies, and planning your summer is no exception.

Let’s explore six ways to effectively plan out your summer, ensuring you can enjoy the season without financial stress.

  1. Budget for Summer Camps
    If you have children, summer camps might be on your radar. These can range from day camps to week-long adventures, and come with varying price tags.
    One of the most important aspects of planning is setting a budget and sticking to it. A holiday budget will help you avoid overspending and falling into debt.
    Start by researching camps early, comparing costs, and factoring these expenses into your budget.
    Early registration can often save you money, and you should also remember to explore scholarships or financial assistance programs that camps might offer.
  2. Plan Your Vacation Wisely
    Summer break is an ideal season for family vacations, thanks to the pleasant weather and upbeat mood. Many are eager to travel.
    However, summer vacations can be pricey endeavors. If you’re considering a vacation during this season, it’s wise to prepare a schedule to enhance the experience.
    Dreaming of a beach getaway or a family road trip? Begin by choosing your destination and setting a realistic vacation budget, including transportation, accommodation, food, activities, and a little extra for those unforeseen expenses.
    Look for deals and discounts early on. Booking flights and hotels in advance can often secure you lower rates. Remember, a well-planned vacation doesn’t have to break the bank.
  3. Consider a Staycation
    Not every summer plan needs to involve travel.
    Staycations can be a wonderful, budget-friendly alternative to making the most of the warm weather and longer days. Instead of flying to those flashy destinations across the country or overseas, explore local attractions, plan a backyard camping adventure, or simply relax at home.
    The key is to treat it like a real vacation – plan activities, disconnect from work, and enjoy the time with family or yourself. (And you can avoid that pesky “Dad, I’m so bored!”)
  4. Seasonal Home Maintenance
    While summer break offers a respite from work or school, it can still be a period of productivity.
    Relaxation and catching up on sleep are enjoyable, but it’s also crucial to remember tasks like home maintenance during this downtime. Summer can bring specific home maintenance needs – air conditioning servicing, lawn care, or perhaps a home improvement project. Assess and budget for these potential costs. This helps spread out your expenses and maintains the value and comfort of your home.
  5. Save for Special Summer Events
    Summers often bring weddings, family reunions, or festivals.
    These events can add up financially, so it’s wise to anticipate and save for them.
    Set aside a little each month leading up to summer so you can enjoy these events without worrying about stretching your budget.
  6. Emergency Fund for Unplanned Expenses
    Despite the best planning, unexpected expenses can arise.
    An emergency fund can be a financial lifesaver. Aim to set aside a small amount each month, building a fund that can cover any unforeseen summer costs without derailing your budget.


Planning for summer should be as enjoyable as the season itself.
By starting early, budgeting wisely, and exploring all your options, you can avoid the rush and ensure a financially stress-free summer.
At David Lerner Associates, we understand the importance of balancing life’s pleasures with sound financial planning. Embrace these strategies to plan out your summer, and look forward to a season filled with joy and financial peace of mind.
Remember, a little planning goes a long way in making the most of those sunny days ahead.

Material contained in this article is provided for information purposes only and is not intended to be used in connection with the evaluation of any investments offered by David Lerner Associates, Inc. These materials are provided for general information and educational purposes based upon publicly available information from sources believed to be reliable– we cannot assure the accuracy or completeness of these materials. The information in these materials may change at any time and without notice.

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