Now that school’s out for summer, it’s time for all kinds of fun-in-the-sun activities. As a kid, pool parties and barbecues were exciting and laid-back. But as an adult, you’re in charge of planning out the whole shebang like buying the food and decorations. Not to mention, finding clever ways of keeping everyone entertained for hours, making summer not quite as carefree as you remember.
Every family is different when it comes to what they their definition of “fun.” But these products and ideas will help you save money on common summer activities.
Stylish Summer Garden Soirée
Hosting a garden party is a great way to bring friends and family together in a no-cost setting. Your back yard and greenery will serve as the perfect backdrop for an afternoon alfresco — and with a few simple decor picks and a beautiful table setting — you’ve got a party that’s sure to impress.
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Penny-pinching Pool Parties
Whether you’re hosting a flock of exuberant kiddos or an adult EDM pool party, you don’t have to overpay for those fun summer pastimes. And if you don’t have an in-ground pool, an inflatable option holds just as much fun — sans cannonballs.
Regardless of what kind of pool party you’re throwing (i.e., adult party, kid party or both), going the BYOB route will save you bundles on drinks. And sure, BYOB usually applies to alcohol, but it’s your party, which means it can extend to food and snacks, too. Entertaining your guests can include everything from games to backyard movies.
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Budget-friendly Barbecue Bash
Barbecues are at the heart of summer entertainment and that means you’re likely in charge of buying all the food (unless it’s potluck-style).
In terms of grills, you have a choice between gas and charcoal. If you cook out only a few times a year, charcoal is probably the best choice. If you find yourself grilling out every weekend, gas is cheaper in the long run. If you’re going for the classic burger and hot dog staples, add in an extra ingredient to elevate the flavor. Think bacon cheeseburgers, cheesy hot dogs or a caramelized-onion topping.
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Gear for Low- or No-cost Summer Activities
Who says fun has to cost an arm and a leg? There are plenty of ways to occupy yourself and your family without breaking the bank. Camping, hiking, picnic and fishing are just some of the relatively low- or no-cost sources of entertaining. Sure, it might cost a bit of upfront costs, like a tent, for example, but most items can be used repeatedly and end up saving you over time.
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