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6 Simple Ways to Save Money On Some Summer Fun

The days are long. The weather is awesome. There is plenty of opportunity to spend a lot of money. But you don’t need to! Check out these 6 simple ways to save money this summer:

 

1)  Be Energy Wise. Think twice before you crank up the AC this summer. Try opening the windows at night, closing them when the sun is hot, and drawing drapes and blinds. If you do need air conditioning, Energy Star recommends a setting of 78 degrees for optimal cooling and energy efficiency. Make sure that you also get the most you can from your unit. Perform regular maintenance and don’t let warm air sneak in through cracks and openings around windows and doors. Insulate attics, ceilings, floors, and wherever pipes and wires enter your home or apartment. Now, take those energy savings and treat yourself to something cool and fun. Ice cream, anyone?

 

2)  Become a DIY master. You already know that do-it-yourself projects can save you lots of money. But they are also rewarding. Whether you perform your own household repairs, make your own clothes, or cook your own meals, you can proudly say: I did that. DIY projects can also be super fun for kids, providing hours of entertainment while teaching valuable lessons about taking ownership and saving money.

 

3)  Plant a garden. Gardens are living science projects for kids that can produce a bounty of healthy, organic foods in your own backyard. If you don’t have a yard, check out local community gardens. Learn from your fellow gardeners and make a few friends along the way. It’s social, fun, and delicious!

 

4)  Make your own summertime snacks. Whether they’re breakfast granola, homemade trail mix, or sun teas you make on your back porch, you can save money and eat healthier when you get a little creative. Turn sale items into easy, packable snacks. Buy plastic Popsicle molds and transform juices and lemonade into icy cold treats. Have the kids help and they’ll appreciate them even more.

 

5)  Do barbeques and picnics. Why would you want to eat in a restaurant when the weather is great outside? Throw a potluck barbeque and have everyone pitch in with their special dishes. Or explore neighboring beaches, parks, and forest paths and bring along a blanket and a picnic. Throw in a ball or a Frisbee and you’ve packed along some exercise and entertainment, as well.

 

6)  Find free stuff. It’s everywhere! Cities and towns often throw free craft fairs, art shows, outdoor theater productions, movie nights, and music festivals throughout the summer. Libraries have summer reading programs. Museums offer free days, and student and elder discounts. And nature parks and preserves are yours to explore all summer. Check out your town’s website and local newspapers to see what’s up—and what’s free.

 

There’s so much to do every summer but everything doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Do you have ideas of your own on how to have fun without spending a ton? Share them with us and we’ll share them with members of the whole Charter College family.