Sadly it's not 1999 again when I was spending my July in a classroom re-learning dates I couldn't retain in the first place. It's 2003. Oh, wait. No. It's not. It's 2013 and how the heck did I eff that up? See? I can't remember dates. I don't even know how old I am. Score?
Anyhoo, I got off subject for a paragraph. Back to guest posters and learning new stuffs. I'd like to introduce Kelly Kehoe. She is a writer who works for some big-name coupon companies. So, she obviously knows about saving money. Something else I know nothing about...
Creative Ways to Save During the Summer
By Kelly Kehoe
Summer is one of the most popular seasons of the year. It’s a time for traveling with the family, relaxing by the pool, whipping up those delicious cold drink recipes you've been saving since mid-winter…
But summer can also be quite expensive. Since the kids aren't in school for a couple months, you have to spend more time and money trying to keep them entertained, not to mention the added costs of air conditioning or, if you decide to go on vacation, transportation and accommodations. Luckily, it’s quite easy to beat the heat without breaking the bank:
This sweltering heat can put a damper on anyone’s summertime fun, but you don’t need to pay a fortune to stay cool:
- Limit A/C use: Running your air conditioner all the time will cost a pretty penny when your electric bill arrives. Instead, turn on the fans, open windows if it’s cool in the evening to circulate the air in your home, and unless you have pets, turn off the A/C when you’re away.
- Check out summer clothing sales: Department stores don’t seem to be on the same calendar as the rest of us. They’re already exhibiting their fall and winter clothing collections, which means you can snag some great deals on bikinis, shorts, tank tops, sandals, and more. If you want even greater savings on your summer wardrobe, be sure to scout around for online coupon codes before hitting the stores.
Food & Drink
Why fork over several dollars for cold treats or artificially sweetened drinks when you can simply make them yourself?
- Popsicles: The tried-and-true method of freezing your favorite fruit and juice combos in either an ice cube tray or paper cups is a great way to cool off in a healthy and affordable way.
- Lemonade: Homemade lemonade doesn't contain loads of artificial flavoring, nor does it cost several dollars per bottle. All you need is: water, lemons, sugar, and ice, and you’re good to go!
- Iced Tea: As with the lemonade, recipes for iced tea are relatively simple: water, ice, a couple bags of your favorite tea, and some sugar or honey. If you want to mix it up, add some apple juice or lemonade.
With gas prices averaging $3.67 nationally, taking a long road trip may not be feasible this summer. Instead of spending thousands of dollars to take a vacation in a faraway tourist trap, either stay local or take advantage of travel deals:
- “Low Season” Areas: Desert destinations—Las Vegas, for example—aren’t too popular in summer due to their extremely hot weather conditions. Although the heat deters many people from visiting, there are plenty of things to do indoors and frugal-minded folks flock to these areas during the low season (hotel rooms are heavily discounted).