During the summer months when lot’s of families have a lot of extra time on their hands, you may find some friends inviting themselves to spend time at your house. If you are like most families you probably live on a very tight budget. So what do you do when guest’s suddenly show up? How can you avoid going into debt, and still provide for your guest’s needs. Below are five suggestions that may prove to be helpful in this area.
1. Pitch in for meals
If you have family and friends who want to visit you, there is nothing wrong with them bringing food to offset the expense of the meal. If they don’t like the idea, then they are simply not good friends. Of course if they don’t have the time to cook their own meal and bring it, you can always have them chip in a few dollars toward the food costs.
2. Set a time limit for the stay
Some uninvited guests don’t realize that they have over stayed their welcome. Especially if they come and visit during the summer months. Make it very clear that you have plans for the summer and that their stay will have to be limited. Remember that communication is key when it comes to keeping you happy when unexpected guests visit.
3. Plan out your meals
Obviously if the guests were unexpected it can be a real challenge to get all of your meals planned out, but this should be the first thing you do. As soon as they arrive sit down and plan out simple meals, that use inexpensive ingredients. For example rice and beans and very inexpensive and can fill up a large group of people. Plan filling meals, that will be sure to keep everyone happy.
4. Cook outdoors
During the summer months cooking inside the house can really raise your utility costs. Especially if it get’s too hot inside the house and you have to turn on the air conditioner. Instead head outdoors and cook on the grill. You can even have everyone eat outside to cut down on the clean up.
5. Free activities are best
When it comes to planning activities the free ones are often the best and most enjoyable. Remember that when unexpected visitors stop by, they often want to be entertained. The task of planning activities usually falls on the person who is hosting the guests. Even if you did not plan for them to be there kindness should move you to plan some activities. You can do visits to your local parks, and plan picnics for lunch at the park. You can also go hiking, or just out on some fun nature walks.