Money Saving Tips for Summer

Summer is a magical time in many ways. School’s out and kids appreciate the opportunity to rest and relax after long days studying. Parents look forward to the prospect of a delightful family vacation. Singles think about getting away somewhere warm and spending time on the dance floor with a favorite partner. Part of having a great summer is keeping to one’s budget. Budgeting is easy with careful thought and attention to details. A few simple tips make lazy summer days even more of a pleasure.

Fresh Produce

One of the greatest joys of summer is the taste of fresh fruit and vegetables. Summer is when many delicious fruit such as apricots can be found in abundance and at low cost. Take advantage of this to keep to your grocery budget and eat healthy at the same time. A simple summer supper of grilled asparagus, a protein and a cold fruit salad is not only nutritious but also inexpensive. For a cheap and refreshing treat, freeze fruit and fruit juices in ice cube trays with pop sickle sticks. Children love making their own personalized frozen treats.
Outdoor and Indoor Family Fun
Family fun need not cost lots of money. Small children don’t need a lot to be happy. Bring them to a local beach. Older children can have play dates with their friends all summer long. Local libraries frequently have many family programs that are designed to help children keep up with their academic skills. Look for movie nights and special programs geared to children during the summer.
Free Concerts

No need to spend lots of money to have a great time at night during the summer. Peruse your local community newspaper or your regional online bulletin board. You’ll frequently see lists of free local concerts at area parks. Many counties offer a series of summer concerts with live music and dancing. There’s no need to pay an admissions fee. Get there early and bring your own chair for enjoyable summer outing. Bring along your own snacks so you can appreciate the concert on a full stomach.
Keeping the House Cool
Keeping the house cool in the summer can lead to huge utility bills. Fortunately, there are ways to keep utility bills under control. Hot air rises. It’s a good idea to think about sleeping in the basement during the summer as the basement is often far cooler than the rest of the house. A smart thermostat can also be of great use. Smart thermostat can be programmed to your exact needs. For example, the thermostat can turn off the air conditioning when you are not at home and then turn it back on again shortly before you arrive.

Gardening is Inexpensive

If you own your own home, take advantage of your own patch of grass to create a summer of outdoor delights. Seeds and seedlings are inexpensive and easy to plant. Gardening is a fantastic way to spend time in the open air. Plant a series of flowers that bloom all season long. Gardening is an excellent hobby for children. Children love digging in the earth. They appreciate the chance to place their toes in the cool green earth and watch as what they have planted comes to life.

Inexpensive Vacations 
A vacation does not have to break the bank. It’s easy to cut costs without sacrificing a good time. If you can be flexible about dates, you can often score a great last minute deal on airfare and hotels. Consider destinations that are close to your home. Summer is the perfect time to visit the quaint river town you’ve never visited before. It’s also the perfect time to think about visiting relatives who are happy to see you and your entire family. Pack snacks with you before you leave so you can save even more money.

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