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Inexpensive Summer Family Fun

We love building memories with our families, but don’t like shelling out a bunch of money. The good news is, summer fun doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are some of our favorite low-cost activities. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Learn a New Craft Thanks to YouTube videos and library …

How to Plant a Garden with Limited Space

Having fresh fruit and vegetables is one of the best parts of summertime. While most gardens require a fair amount of space, you do have some growing options if your outdoor area is limited. Here are a few fun and easy ideas to get your garden produce growing this summer: Container Gardening Whether you a …

How to Throw a Great Summer Party on a Budget

Ready to throw your first big summer bash? If you’re not careful, the party costs can spiral out of control pretty quickly. It’s important to stay creative when it comes to planning the party.  Just make sure your dreams aren’t bigger than your wallet. The first thing to do is to start with a budget. …

Beat the Heat: Saving on Air Conditioning

The time is short between high heating bills and high cooling bills. When spring is gone and the heat of summer kicks in, that utility money you saved for a few weeks vanishes once again. The good news is that, unlike with heating, there are many ways to save on your cooling bill. After all, …

These Apps Maximize Your Vacation Planning

Like just about everything else, vacation planning has moved to the smartphone. The ability to check prices, be alerted to price drops, and compare the many options, makes the whole process easier. Today, many people rely on smartphone apps to save and plan for their upcoming trips. We’ve developed a list of the travel apps …

Frugal Water Play Ideas for Your Kids This Summer

Summer is a hot but exciting time for kids. School is out, and they have plenty of free time spend playing in the sun. If you don’t have a swimming pool, or if you are looking for some water play ideas, here are several great activities that utilize things you already own and are sure …

The Best Places to Celebrate Memorial Day

It’s finally here! The traditional start of summer is Memorial Day weekend. This is generally when the first big backyard barbecues happen, when the first big parades occur, and when warm weather fun kicks into high gear. You may have to travel from some parts of the country if you really want to enjoy summer …

Don’t Miss Out on the Best Summer Concerts

Once the weather starts to steadily improve, thoughts turn to getting outside as much as possible. Of course, summer means concert season and there’s just nothing like an outdoor show. Even if you aren’t into the big outdoor festival scene, most of us still want front row seats to see our favorite acts inside, whether …

Inexpensive Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day in Every City

Celebrating the three-day Memorial Day weekend can get costly, especially if you’re always the one throwing the parties or in charge of organizing special events for friends and family. Hosting barbecues and going on vacation may be fun ways to celebrate this patriotic holiday, but there are many other ways to enjoy it that are …

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