Staycations Are Key to Summer Fun on a Budget

Summer is here, and for most, that means vacation time! Many people travel out of town, or even out of the country, but if you’re on a budget, indulging in a “staycation” may be just the thing for you. In case you’re wondering, a staycation is when you stay in your own city or state and take day trips to local attractions. Here in Florida, there are so many activities to choose from the possibilities are endless. And you can do it all without breaking the bank. We’ve put together a few ideas for you to get your staycation started.

Stop by the beach. Florida is known for its beaches. What would summer be without a trip to one of our sandy shorelines?  If you don’t know where to start, make a game out of it. Make a list of all the beaches in the state you want to visit and assign them a number. Put all of the numbers in a hat, shake it up and pull one out. Whichever beach was assigned that number is your next staycation spot. “Sea” you later!

Visit one of Florida’s many state or national parks. They are filled with tremendous beauty, adventures and new discoveries. Best of all— they’re affordable! Entrance fees to most Florida state and national parks are less than $10. There are about 11 national parks, 160 state parks, and a number of preservation and recreation areas for you to choose from. So you might want to do a little advance planning. Besides the awesome sights, national and state parks are an awesome place to picnic or even camp overnight. So pack up your tents, gather ingredients for s’mores and head out to enjoy nature. Click here to find a park near you!

Get discounted tickets to amusement parks. Most Orlando area theme parks have Florida resident discounts as well as promotions where you pay for one day and get in free the rest of the year! Take advantage of the Florida resident discount to enhance your staycation, and continue the fun for the rest of the year. Click here for a list of Florida resident discounts from Visit Orlando. An added bonus – as an Insight Credit Union member you get discounted tickets to Legoland. Cool, right?!

Catch up on some reading. Find a cute little park, coffee shop or bookstore and let yourself get lost in a good book. This can help with relaxation and transport your mind to another place. You can even take a book to that beach you decided to go to.

Attend a local sporting event. Whether it’s baseball, soccer, golf, bull riding or wrestling, Central Florida has plenty of sporting event options to take advantage of. Get the family out for a fun-filled evening to one of the many Florida Collegiate Summer League baseball games. If you are more of a soccer fan, be sure to check out an Orlando City soccer game! For other exciting sporting events this summer, check out the list that Visit Orlando has compiled for more details.

Visit local museums. History and art museums can be found all over Florida. They may even be a museum celebrating the history of your own city. This is a great activity for both adults and children. You can have fun and learn something all at the same time. Botanical gardens, zoos, and farms that let you pick your own fruit are also great ideas for some summertime fun, not to mention they’re a hit with the little ones.

We hope these ideas can help you maximize your staycation without maxing out your budget! Do you have a favorite staycation spot? We would love to hear more about it! Share with us in the comments below.

 

*This is an updated version of a post originally published on July 28, 2014.

Helping Kids Succeed with Back to School Supplies

It may seem like school just ended, but the first day back will be here before you know it. We know school is probably the last thing on your mind, but we believe it’s never too early to start collecting supplies. Here at Insight Credit Union we want to get a head start on giving students the tools they need to succeed for the upcoming school year! Keep reading for more information.

Where can I donate?
Visit any of our branches to drop off supplies.

How long will you be taking donations?
We will be collecting supplies in Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Lake, Marion, Citrus and Sumter Counties until July 29, 2017.

What supplies are needed?

Pens and Pencils Staples
Binders and Dividers Backpacks
Crayons and Colored Pencils Calculators
Markers Paper Clips
Highlighters Index Cards
Glue Sticks Erasers
Scissors And more!


Who will benefit from the supply drive?

Proceeds will benefit Central Florida schools and charities, including United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties, United Way of Citrus County, Lake County Schools through the Red for Ed initiative, the Marion County Education Foundation, Howard Middle School and A Gift for Teaching.

We enjoy giving back to the community and want you to join us in helping kids go back to school confident and ready to learn!

We’d love to see photos of you dropping off your contributions. Share with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

 

 

Preparing For Hurricane Season

If you’ve lived in Florida for any period of time, you know what comes with summer —hurricane season. Often times Florida residents become a little relaxed with regards to preparing for storm season.  At Insight, we have come up with a few easy tips that will help you get prepared and still leave time to soak in the sun!

  • If you own property, take a weekend or a week day evening to trim the trees and bushes, and clear clutter from the yard. When a hurricane comes, you don’t want to worry about an overgrown tree meeting you in your bedroom or your bicycle meeting your car windshield.
  • Consider investing in hurricane shutters or purchasing window-sized wood panels with all the necessary hardware to hang them so that you’re ahead of the game if a hurricane approaches.
  • Purchase water now! You know how it is when we hear that a hurricane is coming, don’t you? Everyone waits until the last minute and then boom! Chaos. Get your water now, and while you’re at it, pick up flashlights, batteries, non-perishable foods, candles, and matches. Do you have pets? Better get some extra food for them too.
  • Stock up on medications. The last thing you want to be worried about after a hurricane hits is when the pharmacy will be open again. It’s best to stock up on some of your must-have medicines so you have peace of mind!
  • Create your emergency plan now. Have one point of contact outside of the home that you can call and update. This person can then assure your family that everything is okay if phone lines are too busy to handle the load of incoming calls. Make sure this trusted friend or family member has the contact information for those you want informed of your situation. Additionally, plan an emergency route in case you need to evacuate on short notice. Make sure everyone in the family knows it. It also helps to have a rendezvous point in case you’re taking multiple cars.

We know that living in Florida has its perks. With all this sunshine there is the threat of hurricanes and we want you to be prepared.

Do you have any tips to add to this list? Share them with us in the comments below.

 

 

Give a Toy to Share the Joy!

trainlogoInsight is proud to support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve as they bring hope and holiday cheer to less fortunate children through their Toys for Tots program.

Help us share the joy of the holidays! Simply bring a new, unwrapped toy to any of our branches by Friday, December 9. We’ll make sure your donations are delivered to well-deserving children in time for Christmas.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a difficult time, you can request toys on the Toys for Tots website. Click on “Request A Toy” and follow the instructions to find the Toys for Tots campaign in your local area.