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Inexpensive Things To Do This Summer

Staycation is the new buzz word this year. If you’re staying close to home this summer, here are some ideas for having fun while saving money.

Visit Craft Fairs
I love checking out craft fairs not only because I like to see what people are making and selling but you can also pick up inexpensive gifts for birthdays and holidays. Find one near you at www.craftsfaironline.com If you’re a crafter this site also has some great links too.

It’s Raining…it’s too hot
If it’s raining or just gets too unbearable outside, head to your nearest cinema. Great news is many theatres have cheap summer deals. Check our AMC Theatres $1 Movies for Charity all summer long every Wednesday at 10 a.m. www.amctheatres.com/smc Also, Regal Cinemas have their free Family Film Festival 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. www.regmovies.com

Learn Something
Want to learn something this summer? Check out community education programs. They’re inexpensive and less crowded than the fall classes. Okay, the choices aren’t so great but you can improve your golf swing or maybe learn a new computer program ready for fall.

The Library
I know I mention libraries a lot but that’s because I think it’s a community’s best free resource. Either check out some DVDs, take the kids to story time or ask a librarian about free stuff in the neighborhood. For example, my local library has free passes for museums. They might also know about what museums have free admission days.

Okay, they might not be concerts by headlining stars, but many park and recreation departments organize free concerts in the park for both kids and adults.

Having a Party?
A fun way to spend a day in the backyard is to throw a party, here is one of my favorite companies for party supplies www.orientaltrading.com

Visit the Tourist Office or Tourist Web Site
Most tourist offices know people are staying closer to home these days. I’ve noticed many are specifically promoting free or inexpensive things to do. Many have coupons too and if they don’t, it doesn’t hurt to ask. For example, I was sent information about Ohio tourism. They have lots of fun activities going on this summer including the 40th anniversary of Ohio native Neil Armstrong’s moon walk. Check out www.discoverohio.com

If You’re Hitting the Road
If we do go out and about, even for a day, one thing we do to save money is pack the cooler with foods and drinks so we don’t have to eat out. If we do head to a restaurant, we eat early. It’s less crowded and many restaurants offer the same meal for a couple of dollars less. Money you can either save or put toward dessert.

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