Summer 'staycation' on the cheap

Americans are expected to spend $98 billion this summer for travel, which is a 5 percent increase from last year. However, with flight and hotel prices on the rise, some may be looking to cut down on spending by staying close to home.

Ivanhoe has some ideal ways you can kick back, relax and vacation at home.

With flights, hotels and rental cars, that trip you want to plan might be flying further away from your budget. On average, the typical American family spends about 44 percent of their travel budget on getting to and from their destination. So staying at home allows you to splurge a little more. Try booking a night at a luxury hotel or a nearby bed and breakfast. You may also be able to do a private boat tour or helicopter ride. Explore your hometown by going to attractions or museums in your city.

Consumer expert Amy Davis is showing the go-to blogs she reads for fun ideas to keep her family busy in H-Town.

The website Big Kid Small City has a list of things to do in Houston with kids post and Jill Jarvis updates it every week.

Check out “25 Things We Can't Wait to do With Houston Kids This Summer” on Mommy Poppins Houston

Houston on the Cheap has updates its list of free and cheap fun things to do at least every week.