If you find yourself planning a stay-cation to save money, you're probably not alone. High gas prices and increased airline fees have many families sticking close to home this year. Join forces and reconnect with your neighbors by hosting a neighborhood stay-cation event.
Plan a block party or community barbecue to get to know local families and find new friends for both kids and parents. Set up a Slip 'n Slide or open up your pool to neighbors for a day. Host a mini-Olympics, with softball games and silly events to create a bit of friendly competition. Working together with your neighbors not only provides a low-cost alternative to the traditional week at the beach, but also eliminates the need to "Keep up with the Joneses" by allowing you to join forces instead.