Raising children in today’s climate of uncertainty can be a huge financial challenge. When we’re struggling to maintain our homes and families, the first things we cut are the luxuries, like trips to the theater or salon. With a little careful planning and these tips, you can still have fun and get the job done when it comes to affordable living in Salt Lake City.
Shop Around for Gasoline
Visit automotive.com. This website, not affiliated with any brand or station, lists prices for comparable gas grades around the valley. Instead of gassing up close to home, make a stop on your next family outing.
Trax is Faster, Cheaper, and Better
For less than the cost of the tank of gas you’ll burn to enjoy a fun day downtown, you can put the whole family on the train and spend a fabulous afternoon enjoying everything Salt Lake City has to offer.
Find unique items on a budget by shopping local flea markets. The Redwood Swap Meet, located at 3688 South Redwood Road, has over 400 venders, restrooms and a snack bar. Find more events at Keys Flea Markets.
Affordable Good Eats for the Whole Family
The Blue Plate Diner, highlighted on an episode of Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, offers a robust menu with nothing over $12.00. Kids menu available for under $5.00. Located at 2041 South 2100 East, Salt Lake City, this fun, engaging restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Friday Night Flicks
Salt Lake City offers free movies, played at various parks, for seven weeks each summer. All movies are family friendly, and participants can vote on which movies will be screened. For more details visit the Friday Night Flicks website.
Located at 110 South 400 West, the Clark Planetarium is open 365 days per year and all of the exhibits are free. Admission applies for in-theater shows, but your family can spend a lovely hour or two browsing the exhibits at no cost. Find out more here.
Science Movie Night
The Utah Museum of Natural History offers a free science-related or science fiction movie each week, followed by an interactive discussion with field professionals. Have fun and learn something!
Shop for Coupons
KSL.com offers a deals page, complete with coupons and special offers you can print from home.
Discounts Texted to Your Phone
KUTV.biz offers coupons and discounts on everything from auto repairs to baby strollers, dining and more that you can text directly to your phone from their website.
$2.00 Haircuts Every Day
Salt Lake Community College, located at 4600 South Redwood Rd., offers men’s cuts for only $2.00 and women’s cuts for just $3.00, regardless of age.
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