9 Places to Go to Beat the Summer Heat
It's getting hot, and it's awfully tempting to crank that air conditioning, but doing so can rack up costs faster than a Lindsay Lohan rehab stint! So if you're looking for a few places to go to help you beat the heat, here are some suggestions. (See also: 4 Ways to Win the War Against This Summer's Electric Bill)
1. The Nearest Pool
Nothing beats relaxing in the pool on a hot, sunny day. Maybe you're lucky enough to have a friend with a pool. If so, you may want to warn them, as a courtesy, that they'll be seeing a lot of you in a swimsuit. Or perhaps one of your neighbors has one. If you don't know them that well, you'll need to make friends quickly so you can hear those magic words, "Sure, you can use our pool any time." If you are out of options, you'll have to settle for the nearest public pool.
2. A Friend's Place
Just because you are trying to save a few bucks by keeping your electric bills low doesn't mean your friends are living as frugally.
Find excuses to hang out at the homes of friends who notoriously crank up the A/C. You could invite yourself over to watch the new season of Jersey Shore on Blu-ray, show off the new iPhone app you bought for your dog, or demonstrate the many new uses for vinegar you just learned!
3. The Library
Pack up a few snacks, sneak in a mini-cooler, and head over to the public library. As long as you don't make a scene, you can sit there all day! The summer is a great time to catch up on all those John Grisham books you've been meaning to read.
4. The Mall
Be careful with this one; you'll want to be sure to avoid the temptation that window shopping brings. Unless you're good at finding spare change, you might want to leave the plastic and cash at home.
5. The Movies
An afternoon showing during the hottest part of the day is a great time to take in this summer's blockbuster hits. Movie theaters are notoriously chilly! Our last trip to the big screen resulted in us putting sweatshirts on the kids.
With a movie ticket running $10 or more, costs can add up pretty quickly. A day at the theater doesn't have to kill your budget, however, if you know the secret of watching free movies at the theater!
6. A Museum
You remember all the fun you used to have at the museums when you were younger? Get a little nostalgic this summer with a trip to your local museum. You'll stay cool all day, and you may just learn a thing or two!
7. Summer School
Are you in need of continuing education credits or just looking to expand your horizons? Take classes at a local university or community college. Most schools offer some type of public courses to help the community.
Not sure which ones to take? Start with classes that build earning and savings power!
8. A Lake
Pack up the car for a little road trip and hit the lake with some friends or family. I'll be heading to a lake in nearby Michigan this summer with our family for a little extended R&R and some boating. I'm looking forward to being near the water and cooling off with a dip.
9. Coffee Shops
Your local coffee bar can provide you with some much-needed relief from the warm summer months with their air conditioning and perhaps an iced mocha. Don't forget to check these tips to make your gourmet coffee more affordable.
Any way you slice it, beating the summer heat doesn't have to be difficult, it just requires a little creativity. Stay cool, my friends, stay cool.