We spent all Saturday at the beach! It was so hot, and so beautiful, not a cloud in the sky, and the water was FREEZING. We ended up going to the beach with many of our neighbors & friends. Another family suggested this particular beach, and so we tagged along. The parking was $12, but our neighbor offered to pay for this parking spot (she hopped into our van with her son for the ride). The entry fee onto the beach was $9 per adult, so we paid $18 to get onto the beach.
I made sandwiches, brought grapes, strawberries, juice boxes, water, and other snacks. I did not want us to have to go out and buy lunch, buy snacks, buy water – when we had everything at home, already purchased, and purchased with thought. It’s easy to overspend on day trips, especially when we are ill prepared, and they are not well planned (or there is just lack of time). I like to make the food, I like to feed my family exactly what we made, and what we prepared ourselves. I’m not a huge fan of eating out, both for the cost, and the lack of health in fast food. My children are just 1 & 4, so they are a great age to not know any different. They grab grub from our cooler and are happy. I’m sure once they get older, they will understand that we can buy pizza, and other boardwalk deliciousness, but for now – they are eating “at home” and I love it.
The entry fee to this beach is a bit steep, but because I was not involved in the planning, I did not want to complain. We did spend 8+ hours at the beach, with lifeguards on stand by, so it was well worth it – especially for a full day of fun & activity. I have already done some research for less expensive entry fees, and we’ll try those beaches next time. I also have to weigh it against the actual distance it takes to get to the beach. The shorter the ride, the less it costs.
Cheers to your GOALS, and making the adventures of your life, as cost effective as possible.