Don’t Break the Bank: Summer Fun on a Budget!

With gorgeous weather outside comes more on the social calendar, and inevitably more pressure on your wallet. Festivals, concerts, and all those meals on the restaurant patio can quickly drain those hard-earned funds of yours. While it’s perfectly fine to splurge on a vacation, don’t let the time around town strain you too much.

Take the time to do a little research: You can find great summer deals such as daily specials at restaurants and movie theaters by planning ahead. Most restaurants offer a happy hour with reduced rates on certain meals and drinks, which can add up over the time you spend out with friends. If there is a festival or concert on your radar, oftentimes tickets are much cheaper when bought in advance, so plan ahead!

Think local: Less money spent on gas means more saving for you. Find information on local activities and events. You can save on travel expenses and you may learn more about your area in the process!

Potluck: If you are thinking of hosting a gathering, consider having it potluck style. There is nothing wrong with asking guests to contribute a side dish, dessert, or drink as long as you provide an entree and space for the party. An added bonus is the wonderful variety your gathering will have from bringing a number of different styles together.

Save on beach expenses: When you arrive at the beach, try to find street parking to avoid paying to park in lots that can charge up to $20 a day. If there is little street parking available, consider going to the beach in the late afternoon after the lots stop charging. Also, pack your drinks and lunch in a cooler, reducing the number of meals and snacks you buy out.

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Ways to save your wallet and your health at the grocery store

Groceries are low and it’s time to head to the market to fill up on supplies. Though getting some things at the store already made may seem like a convenience, you can save money and even be healthier by avoiding certain things on the grocery store shelves.

  • Salad dressing

The whole point of eating salads is to eat healthy, but drowning your salad in store bought dressing is almost no better than just going to a fast food joint and getting yourself a burger. You can easily make your own dressing at home that are tasty and good for you.

  • Water bottles

Buying water bottles over and over each month are bad not just for your wallet, but for the environment too. Plus, who wants to carry all that weight from the cart to the car to your apartment/home! Save time and money, by investing in a reusable water bottle or a water purifier for your sink.

  • Name brands

There are some name brands that we all prefer and can really see a difference in, but certain things, like name brand spices are really just a rip off in disguise. Getting the off brand taste just as good while saving you a bit of cash.

  • Bottled teas

Teas seem like a healthy drink, and they are, if you make it yourself. However, many store brought bottled teas are filled with so much sugar that drinking them is worse than just drinking a soda. Buy tea packets and make tea yourself at home to have the pleasure of tea without all that added, unnecessary sugar.