Fun and Affordable Summer Activities

Finally, school is out for the summer! Don’t let your kids sit idle this season. Keep busy with some of these fun summer activities that won’t break the bank.

  • Sidewalk Chalk Art. Teach your kids that all things must pass while also encouraging them to hone in on their art skills with some sidewalk chalk. When the rain washes away one masterpiece, it’s time to create another!
  • Have a Staycation. Don’t miss out on the gems in your own backyard! Look into what your city has to offer, whether it’s dollar movie theaters or free museums. For instance, one thing Gateway Easy Auto Credit Help loves about being located in the St. Louis area is the free zoo in Forest Park.
  • Plant a Garden. The best summer activities are those that get you and the kids outside to enjoy the weather commune with nature. Help your kids to plant a garden including vegetables that you can later use to make salads, salsas, or other rewarding treats.
  • Build a Fort. Gather blankets, sheets, chairs, pillows, and anything else you can find and let the kids build the ultimate fort. Try it indoors, or build one outside for some backyard camping and storytelling under the stars.

For more family fun, come visit us at Gateway Easy Auto Credit Help and pick out your next vehicle!

Have Some Family Fun with this Summer Bucket List

Summer Family Bucket List in St. Louis, MOAs the school year draws to a close, you may have already begun planning some family adventures. Before the endless strains of “I’m bored” reach your ears, have this summer bucket list ready to kick boredom to the curb. And, even better, many of these events are free.

  • Spend an evening catching lightning bugs.
  • Have a family campout in the living room.
  • Build a fort as fancy or as easy as you want.
  • Visit a new park.
  • Travel to a state no one has been to before.
  • Fly a kite.
  • Go on a picnic.
  • Play putt-putt golf.
  • Go to your local farmers’ market.
  • Play in the sprinkler.
  • Go camping.
  • Have a water gun fight.
  • Watch fireworks.
  • Go bowling
  • Have a pajama movie day when it is raining.
  • Visit a children’s museum.
  • Go to a special event at the library.
  • Have fun at an amusement park.
  • Have a “kids choice” day where each child gets a whole day to choose everything the family eats and does (within reason).
  • Have dessert for dinner.
  • Go swimming.

Here at Gateway Easy Auto Credit, we hope everyone has a happy, healthy, and fun summer. Which of these bucket list items are you planning to do?

Holidays in March

St. Patrick’s Day is, by far, the most well-known holiday in March, but, just like every other month, March has quite a few lesser known interesting holidays. From celebrating fair foods to extraterrestrials, it turns out March is more interesting than at first glance. Here are a few interesting holidays in March from us here at Gateway Easy Auto Credit Help.

March 17th

March 17th is a day when most celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with drinking, parades, and a night life that seems to never end. As it turns out, it’s also unofficially Submarine Day. The holiday commemorates when John Philip Holland showed one of the first submarine designs to the Navy. Just two years later, the United States Navy officially established the Submarine Force, an event celebrated on April 17th.

March 19th

National Corndog Day is celebrated on March 19th this year to help kick off Mad March. With origins reaching back to 1992, the first celebration featured just corndogs and basketball. Today, it includes tater tots and has spread across the country.

March 20th

Perhaps most interesting of all, some people celebrate Extraterrestrial Abductions Day on March 20th. The holiday’s origins are fairly young, starting in 2008 at an Alien Abduction Day festival in Toronto. Celebrations largely consistent of watching movies about aliens and watching the skies in hope of spotting alien life.

Cheap Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Irish culture, but it can get pretty expensive rather quickly. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to celebrate on a budget. Here are a few cheap ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day recommended by us here at Gateway Easy Auto Credit Help!

Attend a Parade

Many major cities, and even some small towns, hold a parade in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Some have even become famous and televised. Finding affordable fun and entertainment for families can be as simple as attending a parade. Best of all, they’re free!

Make Traditional Irish Foods

Going out to eat to a bar or pub is how many people choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Those on a budget can bring Irish culture to their home by making traditional Irish foods instead. Several inexpensive recipes for Irish foods, such as Irish soda bread, can be found online. Many are fairly straightforward. An Irish breakfast, for example, consists of toast, tea, roasted tomatoes, eggs, and sausage.

Go Green (Literally)

Use green fabric to give your own personal style a touch of St. Patrick’s Day. Add a shamrock to your clothes. Use green food coloring to make a meal that fits the theme of St. Patrick’s Day. The choice is yours!

Unique Valentine’s Day Date Night Ideas

Unique Valentine's Day Date Night Ideas | St. Louis, MOThe typical Valentine’s Day date usually involves a fancy dinner and sometimes a movie. However, if you’re looking for something a little more exciting, these date night ideas could spice up your love life.

Weekend Getaway in the Mountains: Okay, so it’s a little more pricey than just a night out on the town, but booking an isolated cabin for a weekend all to yourselves is worth it. Snuggle up in front of the fire with some hot cocoa.

Make an Itinerary of Local Attractions: You don’t have to go somewhere else to have a new experience! Check out some local attractions listed on your city’s tourism website and make a day of exploring your hometown.

Go to the Spa: What’s more relaxing than spending the day getting pampered? Get a spa package for two and you’ll be feeling more well-rested and relaxed than ever by the time your dinner date rolls around.

Have a Movie Marathon: With amenities like Netflix, Hulu, Redbox, and Apple TVs, it’s easier than ever just to have a couple movies on hand for the best movie marathon ever. Load up on some old favorites or new titles that piqued your interest for a romantic night in with a bottle of wine.

Go Ice-Skating: Is there anything more romantic than an ice-skating date? Even if one (or both) of you are terrible at it, there’s a certain charm to wobbling around on skates while you hold hands. Afterwards you can head home and warm up in front of the fire.

Any of these date night ideas catch your attention? Good luck planning Valentine’s Day for your sweetie!

DIY Christmas Presents

DIY Christmas PresentsChristmas is fast approaching, which means that it’s time to start collecting gifts for everyone. While Christmas shopping can be fun, it can also be a source of stress for many, since the costs can add up quick. Here are some DIY Christmas presents to keep your costs down this holiday season.

Homemade Tote Bag – Make a plain canvas bag more exciting by adding a variety of holiday decorations. Hot glue some sparkles on the side or add a friendly holiday message with fabric paint.

Infused Drinks – Christmas is one of the most festive times of the year, which means that people tend to drink a little more than usual. Create your own flavor-infused drinks and wrap a bow on them to get the holiday season started off right.

Coasters – There’s such a wide variety of styles to make that you can please every type of person with these practical gifts.

Jewelry Box – Everyone needs somewhere to stash their most valuable pieces of jewelry. Consider putting together a decorative box with different sections inside for rings, necklaces, and bracelets.

No matter who you are getting Christmas gifts for, there’s no reason to break the bank. Creating your own gifts is a great way to keep costs down while also adding a personal touch to your gifts.

Fun Christmas Traditions

The Christmas season is the most festive time of the year. It seems like there’s always some sort of activity or party to attend. However, some of the most fun things happen in the home. Here are some fun Christmas traditions that you can continue for many years to come.

Chocolate Advent Calendar – Everyone’s counting down the days until Christmas, so why not have an official countdown? If you have children, they get really excited to be the one to mark down the day and eat the chocolate that hides inside.

Postcards – Another fun tradition is to send out postcards every year. You can take the serious route with just a nice family photo, or you can have some fun with a silly photo. Santa beards for everyone!

Ornament Exchange - Fun Christmas TraditionsOrnament Exchange – This is a great excuse to gather friends, family, and neighbors at your house. You also get a fun new ornament to hang on your tree every year.

Secret Santa – Get all of your best friends together to exchange gifts. They can be as expensive or as cheap as you want and it’s a great way to see how well everyone knows each other.

No matter what you decide to do this holiday season, the important thing is that you spend it with your friends and family.

Tips for Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday Shopping

Thanksgiving is almost immediately followed by Black Friday shopping, which has become an event in and of itself. Get the most with your money by following these easy tips.

Do Your Research Early: Black Friday once took place only one day a year, but now, many retailers will have deals all week long – or even all month long. Check social media pages, catalogs, and various other specials beforehand.

Compare Prices: There are tons of resources online like ShopZilla, PriceGrabber, FatWallet, and more that allow you to price check items that might be cheaper at certain stores.

Use Loyalty or Rewards Programs: If you plan to shop a lot at one location, research that store’s loyalty programs and take advantage of the benefits they give you.

Make a Budget: Black Friday sales, even though the prices are great, are designed to tempt you so you end up buying more than you originally intended. Avoid this sales tactic by making a budget ahead of time.

Check Mobile Apps: Apps like ShopKick and RetailMeNot offer exclusive or hard-to-find coupon codes, and you may also have a few online coupons sitting around in your email. Make sure your phone is fully charged when you take it with you, too.

Ready to go Black Friday shopping now? The world is at your fingertips online, where you can get great deals, compare prices, and find coupons you couldn’t get anywhere else.