Enjoy More Summer Fun For Less

Movie night in the pool.jpgSummertime is here. That means pricey vacations for some and new wardrobes for others, but don’t let the expenses get you down. Follow these tips for summertime savings.

Check out the bargains at the thrift store
Before hitting the mall to buy your summer wardrobe, visit the thrift store first. Spring cleaning means many thrift stores have high quality, gently worn items. You may be able to outfit yourself for the summer at a fraction of the cost.

Look for discounted gym memberships

Don’t already belong to a gym but thinking about joining one? Now’s the time. Many workout enthusiasts move outdoors when the temperatures rise. So, many gyms offer special rates only available in the summer.

Spruce up the indoors while enjoying the outdoors
During the summer, many retailers slash the prices of interior home goods, such as refrigerators and other appliances, cookware, and indoor furniture. Take advantage of the discounted prices if you’re in the market for home goods.

Use online tools to plan travel

Before booking your hotel or buying your plane tickets, check out some online tools that could save you money. Use online comparison tools and travel websites to get the best prices and fares. Also, visit sites like Venere, Airbnb, CheapOair, and Jetsetter for coupons and discounts.

Take advantage of the summer harvest

Warmer weather usually means plenty of locally grown produce. Support your local farmers and enjoy savings by signing up for a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. You’ll get a box of fresh fruit and vegetables regularly for a price lower than what you’d pay at the grocery store.  You can also grow your own food. Get to work and turn that unused section of your backyard into a vegetable or herb garden.

Buy store-brand items

When shopping for organic goods, buy store-brand items. Generic brands are usually just as good as the pricier labeled brands and cost less.

Save on gas

Gas prices rise when the temperature rises, especially around the Fourth of July weekend. Making sure your car is running as efficiently as possible will cut the gas it consumes.  Consider carpooling or public transportation to further cut your gas cost.

Clean out your attic, basement, and garage

Go through your attic, basement, garage, or other storage area and benefit. Sell some of your old, unwanted items at a garage or yard sale. Remember “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” Consider selling more valuable items online. You might find things still in good shape, like a beach umbrella or chair, that you can use again this year.

Consider your options

Do you really need to take an expensive beach trip? A summer membership to a pool or swim club is generally much less than the cost of a one week beach trip. Is that hot summer concert really worth the cost of the ticket? Host a summer bash at your house instead and avoid traffic.

As these tips show, you can have fun in the sun and protect your budget at the same time.  What tips do you have to share?

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