Thursday Thrifty Throwdown: Fun on A Budget Challenge #7
During the heat we have been having, who has been hankering for a nice cold glass of lemonade? The skyrocketing temps inspired this Fun on a Budget Challenge. For number 7, how you can provide some much needed thirst quenchers, maybe some nibbles and teach your kids some great skills - all for the price of a bag of lemons (okay, and the cost of water and sugar too).
You guessed it: it's time to have a lemonade stand! What is a better way to spend a Saturday than making a bit of extra fun money and testing out those selling skills and math basics? Grab a card table, that pitcher and get to work. Want a few other hints to make it a really successful and fun project? I knew you did...here you go!
-- It's all about location. In your driveway is, of course, a popular area for your stand, but think about some other places that may get some better foot traffic and more customers. How about the playground or in front of your library? Many small business would love a little "buzz" outside their establishments, so don't be afraid to ask that kid's bookstore downtown if you and your kids can set up a table for an hour or two.
-- What are you selling? Offer options. Yes, lemonade should be on the menu but how about iced tea or pink lemonade. Make some cookies or lemon bars. Little baggies tied with ribbon are a cute touch. Don't forget the cups and napkins too.
-- Have fun with the prices. Sure, maybe it's $0.50 a cup, but what about the Afternoon special - two cookies and a cup of lemonade for $1.00 or two cups and two lemon bars for $1.00.
-- Advertise. Come up with some fun slogans and put them on huge poster boards with markers so folks know where you are -- and don't forget arrows pointing the way. Send Dad out and about to let passerbyers know what is just around the corner (arm him with coupons that offer a free cookie with every two cups bought or something).