summer http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5321/all en-US Best Money Tips: 98 Cheap Summer Date Ideas http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-98-cheap-summer-date-ideas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-98-cheap-summer-date-ideas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-bike-466233129-small.jpg" alt="couple biking" title="couple biking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some amazing articles on cheap summer date ideas, remaining frugal while traveling, and free (or nearly free) summer projects for kids.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Cheap-Date-Ideas-26949115">Love Don't Cost a Thing: 98 Cheap Summer Date Ideas</a> &mdash; This summer, bike around your city or take a scenic road trip for a cheap summer date. [POPSUGAR Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.americandebtproject.com/2014/06/how-to-remain-frugal-while-traveling/">How to Remain Frugal While Traveling</a> &mdash; To save on travel expenses, don't park your car at the airport and only bring carry-ons. [American Debt Project]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/eight-great-free-or-nearly-free-summer-long-projects-for-children/">Eight Great Free (or Nearly Free) Summer-Long Projects for Children</a> &mdash; Growing vegetables or making a TV series are just a couple projects that can keep your kids busy this summer. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/19-ways-get-work-time-generally-better-job/">19 Ways to Get to Work on Time (and Generally Be Better at Your Job)</a> &mdash; If you want to get to work on time and be better at your job, consider your direction and ramp up the positives. [And Then We Saved]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/5-ways-focus-your-mind-and-super-boost-your-productivity.html">5 Ways To Focus Your Mind and Super Boost Your Productivity</a> &mdash; Avoiding multitasking can help you focus your mind and boost your productivity. [Lifehack]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/should-i-move-to-a-new-city-to-look-for-a-job-1588074995">Should I Move to a New City to Look for a Job?</a> &mdash; Before you move, do a mock job search from your current location. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2014/06/08/29-signs-youre-doing-just-fine/">29 Signs You're Doing Just Fine (Even If It Doesn't Feel Like It)</a> &mdash; If you have made the best of tough situations and you have a home, you are doing just fine. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2014/06/8-negative-thought-patterns-hurting-relationships.html">8 Negative Thought Patterns That Are Ruining Your Relationships</a> &mdash; Holding a grudge and not listening can be detrimental to your relationships. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2014/06/to-get-more-done-you-need-to-do-less/">To Get More Done, You Need to Do Less</a> &mdash; Cleaning your to-do list can help you get more done. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-ways-to-have-more-fun-with-sidewalk-chalk">7 Ways to Have More Fun With Sidewalk Chalk</a> &mdash; Tracing shadows and making a math maze are just a couple ways to have more fun with chalk. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-98-cheap-summer-date-ideas" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: 98 Cheap Summer Date Ideas" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment best money tips cheap date ideas summer Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:00:35 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1142534 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Free Things You Can Do This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-free-things-you-can-do-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-free-things-you-can-do-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hiker-478884045-small%20copy.jpg" alt="hiker" title="hiker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="136" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on free things you can do this summer, saving money at home, and managing your fear of money.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2014/05/fun-and-free-things-you-can-do-this-summer-2014/">31 Fun and Free Things You Can Do This Summer</a> &mdash; This summer, go on a long hike or borrow a friend's paddleboard and try it out! [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <p><a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/slideshows/12-ways-to-save-money-at-home?int=a64b09">12 Ways to Save Money at Home</a> &mdash; Using what you already have and cleaning with baking soda can help you save money at home. [US News &amp; World Report]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2014/05/28/a-guide-to-managing-your-fear-of-money/">A Guide to Managing Your Fear of Money</a> &mdash; When it comes to managing your fear of money, identify your patterns and face your fear. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/ideas-summer-bbq/">20 DIY Summer BBQ Ideas</a> &mdash; Having a refreshment station and condiment central are just a couple fun DIY ideas for your next BBQ. [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="https://www.mint.com/blog/consumer-iq/savvy-ways-to-slash-the-price-of-your-wedding-venue-0514/">Savvy Ways to Slash the Cost of Your Wedding Venue</a> &mdash; To slash the cost of your wedding venue, consider getting married in rural areas. [MintLife Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2014/05/23/the-post-college-outlook-a-new-money-worry-for-20-somethings/">The Post-College Outlook: A New Money Worry for 20-Somethings?</a> &mdash; Young people may now have to worry about not making as much money as they previously expected after graduation. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/05/do-i-need-life-insurance-once-my-kids-are-grown.html">Do I Need Life Insurance Once My Kids Are Grown?</a> &mdash; If your kids are grown, consider whether or not estate taxes are an issue when deciding if you still need life insurance. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Things-Happy-People-Do-34870691">15 Things Incredibly Happy People Do</a> &mdash; Incredible people go offline and plan getaways. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://howsmarriedlife.net/5-wedding-traditions-came/">5 Wedding Traditions and How They Came to Be</a> &mdash; Have you ever heard of the wedding tradition of the freezer cake? [How's Married Life?]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/the-importance-of-sleep-and-how-to-get-more">The Importance of Sleep and How to Get More</a> &mdash; To get your child to sleep, establish a routine and start when they are young. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-free-things-you-can-do-this-summer" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Free Things You Can Do This Summer" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Lifestyle best money tips free fun summer Fri, 30 May 2014 09:00:23 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1141162 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Essential Life Hacks for Summer http://www.wisebread.com/20-essential-life-hacks-for-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-essential-life-hacks-for-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/eating-5224344-small.jpg" alt="watermelon" title="watermelon" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ready for summer? Me too. If you're looking for ways to prepare for the warm weather, we have you covered. This handy list will get you through anything from keeping bugs away to baking dashboard cookies. If you have any fun life hacks to add to this list, please leave them in the comments! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wear-frozen-clothes-and-9-other-ways-to-beat-the-heat?ref=seealso">Wear Frozen Clothes and 9 Other Ways to Beat the Heat</a>)</p> <h2>1. Keep Water Cold</h2> <p>Whether you're exercising or just lounging, cold water is only sips away. Before long runs, my husband and I fill up plastic water bottles half-way, then freeze them. When we need our drink, we pop it out of the freezer and fill the rest with fresh water.</p> <h2>2. Make Coffee Ice Cubes</h2> <p>Make <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/272467/coffee-cubes">Ice Coffee Cubes</a> for enjoying every last drop of your favorite cool drink. Simply brew, freeze, and plop into your regular chilled cup.</p> <h2>3. Soothe Burns</h2> <p>Freeze <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/new-uses-for-old-things/ice-cube-tray-as-sunburn-soother-00000000043285/">aloe in cubes</a> to get &quot;instant&quot; relief for sunburned skin.</p> <h2>4. Freeze Grapes</h2> <p>For a healthy, satisfying snack, just wash seedless grapes and <a href="http://kidscooking.about.com/od/snacksdipsappetizers/r/frozen_grapes.htm">stick them in the freezer</a>. Once chilled, they're irresistible and help keep you cool (and hydrated) on hot days.</p> <h2>5. Rig an Air Conditioner</h2> <p>If you're suffering without AC and that fan plus ice bowl trick isn't cutting it &mdash; you could try crafting this elaborate <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/making-your-own-air-conditione-121423">DIY air conditioner</a> using a box fan, some copper tubing, and a cooler. The author claims it costs only $10!</p> <h2>6. Fashion a Skirt</h2> <p>Need a quick coverup? Just twist together this gorgeous <a href="http://handmadera.blogspot.com/2012/03/draped-skirt-diy.html">draped skirt</a> using a wide scarf (jersey knit might work best). You can head to the beach or to a casual dinner in frugal style!</p> <h2>7. Lighten Your Strands</h2> <p>Summer's a great time to add a glow to your hair. Forget the chemicals by using this lemon and water <a href="http://sortofhomemade.com/diy-summer-highlights/">natural highlighting solution</a>. Just spritz hair and dry in the sun, and you'll see results after two or three sessions.</p> <h2>8. Cool Your Brews</h2> <p>Spending the day in the pool? Take an old pool noodle and open plastic bin and create a <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/The-199-Noodley-Beverage-Boat/">makeshift cooler</a> that will keep drinks accessible (and cold) for hours. Cost: $1.99.</p> <h2>9. Avoid Messy Drips</h2> <p>Use <a href="http://www.oldbrandnewblog.com/2012/06/front-porch-pops.html">cupcake liners</a> to protect yourself from all those drippy popsicles.</p> <h2>10. Create Cheap Beach Games</h2> <p>Make simple <a href="http://sherisilver.com/2013/07/03/favor-ette-beach-board-game/">checkers or tic-tac-toe boards</a> and use found shells or rocks to play.</p> <h2>11. Banish Sand</h2> <p>Love the sand, but hate the aftermath? Pack a travel-sized container of baby powder to <a href="http://www.iheartnaptime.net/dirty-little-secret/">slide the sand</a> right off your feet.</p> <h2>12. Stop Those Ants</h2> <p>It happens every summer: Ants get into our house! If you have some of that baby powder left, you can use it to your advantage. Just sprinkle some <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sujkyndl-qU">near the entry point</a>, and ants will lose their trail in no time.</p> <h2>13. Lounge for Little</h2> <p>I've seen a lot of DIY hammock hacks, but I like the sturdy materials used in <a href="http://www.missloviecreations.blogspot.com/2012/07/easy-diy-backyard-hammock.html">this tutorial</a>, as well as the ingenious use of carabiners.</p> <h2>14. Fix a Bad Tan Job</h2> <p>If you got too enthusiastic with the bottled glow, you can fix blotches and streaks with a <a href="http://laurenconrad.com/blog/2012/07/beauty-faux-pas-how-to-nix-remove-get-rid-of-a-bad-fake-tan/">thrifty paste</a> made from lemon juice and baking powder.</p> <h2>15. Toss Dinner in the Fire</h2> <p><a href="http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/07/20/cooking-around-the-campfire-9-easy-and-delicious-foil-packet-recipes/">Foil pack cooking</a> is camp food made easy. Make sure you use heavy duty foil and grease it up, but then dinner will cook itself in the coals while you relax!</p> <h2>16. Tend to Bumps and Bruises</h2> <p>Summer is also a time for injuries. Make your own <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/new-uses-for-old-things/rubbing-alcohol-gel-packs-00000000000264/">inexpensive ice packs</a> by combining rubbing alcohol and water in a zip top bag, and then freezing.</p> <h2>17. Whisk Omelets in the Wild</h2> <p>Bringing eggs on your outdoor adventure might sound tricky, if not dangerous. But if you'd like to enjoy a protein-laden breakfast without the worry, try this homemade <a href="http://www.thefoodmethod.com/2012/07/how-to-bring-eggs-camping_19.html">dehydrated egg mix</a> with spices.</p> <h2>18. Ward Off Gnats</h2> <p>A recent study uncovered that <a href="http://hortsci.ashspublications.org/content/45/12/1830.abstract">Bounce dryer sheets</a> repel gnats. If you're surrounded, stick a sheet in your shirt pocket or place one nearby for protection.</p> <h2>19. Spray the Rest Away</h2> <p>If mosquitoes are more your concern, you may want to avoid store-bought repellents that likely contain the chemical DEET. Instead, try some of these <a href="http://wellnessmama.com/2565/homemade-natural-bug-spray-recipes-that-work/">Natural Bug Sprays That Work</a>.</p> <h2>20. Bake Something Sweet</h2> <p>Though &quot;oven&quot; temperatures will vary depending on the day, these <a href="http://bakingbites.com/2007/09/car-baked-chocolate-chip-cookies-step-by-step/">dashboard chocolate chip cookies</a> sure look enticing. So, if you're planning a day at the park, use your car as a solar oven &mdash; takes around 2-1/2 hours to complete.</p> <p><em>Are you getting ready for summer? Please share your best summer tips and tricks!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-essential-life-hacks-for-summer" class="sharethis-link" title="20 Essential Life Hacks for Summer" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Life Hacks General Tips summer summer fun summer tricks Fri, 02 May 2014 09:00:13 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1137730 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Save $1,000 by Summer http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-1000-by-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-1000-by-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/piggy-bank-166513010.jpg" alt="piggy bank" title="piggy bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread&#39;s <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to save $1,000 by summer, preparing for an enjoyable retirement, and money saving skills for your 20s, 30s, and 40s.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2014/02/06/14-simple-ways-to-save-1000-by-summer/">14 Simple Ways to Save $1,000 by Summer</a> &mdash; If you want to save $1,000 by summer, find cheaper internet and drop your gym membership. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.remodelingexpense.com/should-you-buy-that-fixer-upper-30-expert-realtors-reveal-their-best-tips/">Should You Buy That Fixer-Upper? 30 Expert Realtors Reveal Their Best Tips</a> &mdash; Don&#39;t overpay for fixer-uppers and expect the unexpected. [Remodeling Expense]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/money-saving-skills/">Money Saving Skills for Your 20s, 30s, and 40s</a> &mdash; When you are trying to save money in your 20s, buy generic instead of brand name products. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/5-chinese-new-year-traditions-attracting-wealth.html">5 Chinese New Year traditions for attracting wealth</a> &mdash; Putting a plant or goldfish in the southeast corner of your home can bring you prosperity. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrashers.com/tips-prepare-enjoy-retirement/">5 Tips to Prepare for an Enjoyable Retirement</a> &mdash; Make your retirement enjoyable by maximizing any tax advantages and staying healthy. [Money Crashers]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.greenpandatreehouse.com/2014/02/a-simple-guide-to-first-home-buyers/">A Simple Guide to First Home Buyers</a> &mdash; Making a real budget and saving on the side is the first step towards being able to buy a home. [Green Panda Treehouse]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/overcoming-financial-infidelity/">6 Steps for Overcoming Financial Infidelity</a> &mdash; To overcome financial infidelity, review your budget and seek professional help. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Do-You-Cant-Answer-Interview-Question-33925868">What Should You Do If You&#39;re Stumped During an Interview</a> &mdash; If you get stumped during an interview, tell your interviewer how you would find the answer to the question that has stumped you. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/let-the-games-begin-5-ideas-for-kid-friendly-olympic-fun">Let the Games Begin! 5 Ideas for Kid-Friendly Olympic Fun</a> &mdash; Watching the nontraditional sports is just one way to have some kid-friendly Olympic fun. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://kiplinger.com/article/insurance/T028-C000-S002-how-to-safeguard-your-jewelry.html?si=1">3 Simple Steps to Safeguard Your Jewelry</a> &mdash; The first step in safeguarding your jewelry is to get it appraised. [Kiplinger]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-1000-by-summer" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Ways to Save $1,000 by Summer" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Frugal Living best money tips save summer Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:00:20 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1124456 at http://www.wisebread.com Wear Frozen Clothes and 9 Other Ways to Beat the Heat http://www.wisebread.com/wear-frozen-clothes-and-9-other-ways-to-beat-the-heat <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/wear-frozen-clothes-and-9-other-ways-to-beat-the-heat" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cold-4767152-small.jpg" alt="frozen clothes" title="frozen clothes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With heat waves sweeping across the U.S. and other countries, you&rsquo;re probably feeling hot right about now. So am I. But before you reach for the air conditioner switch, resist the call for instant gratification and try out these energy-saving methods for cooling off. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-places-to-go-to-beat-the-summer-heat">9 Places to Go to Beat the Summer Heat</a>)</p> <h2>1. Wear Frozen Clothing</h2> <p>Weird, right? Placing your clothes in the freezer <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5857596/sorry-levis-freezing-your-jeans-will-not-ungross-them">won&rsquo;t clean them</a>, but it should cool off your threads and, by extension, you. Drop your clothes in a large ziplock bag to keep from mixing with the food. I haven't actually tried this myself, but it seems workable in theory; surely it's more cost effective than standing in front of the fridge with the freezer door open.</p> <h2>2. Wear Loose Clothing</h2> <p>Sweat evaporation cools you off. What helps sweat evaporation? Air circulation. What increases air circulation against your skin? Loose clothing. It&rsquo;s especially important to wear light and loose clothing if you live in a humid area, where your sweat can evaporate very slowly. Go with a breathable fabric, like cotton.</p> <h2>3. Cool Your Pulse Points</h2> <p>You can <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5571072/know-your-bodys-cooling-spots">target your body's pulse points to cool off</a> because your blood vessels are close to the surface of your skin in those areas. A cold, wet towel against your neck should do quite nicely!</p> <p>You can also cool all your pulse points at once by taking a cold shower. Granted, the initial shock of ice cold water can be quite, well, shocking. I usually start at slightly cooler than lukewarm, then slowly turn the knob over to as cold as I can stand before my teeth start to chatter. The resulting cold shower is simply divine.</p> <h2>4. Use a Programmable Thermostat</h2> <p>A programmable thermostat will help you control your impulses &mdash; no turning on the A/C willy-nilly as soon as you feel a tad warm &mdash; and it will automatically turn off the cooling even if you forget to. The goal is to have a good stretch of time each day when the air conditioner doesn't kick on at all. According to the <a href="http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/tips-programmable-thermostats">U.S. Department of Energy</a>, &quot;You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7&deg;-10&deg;F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.&quot;</p> <p>One high tech option is the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009GDHYPQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009GDHYPQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20" target="blank">Nest Learning Thermostat</a>. Once it&rsquo;s connected to your home Wi-Fi, you can change the temperature, adjust your settings and schedules, check how much energy you&rsquo;re saving &mdash; all from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. With its activity sensors, it knows to go into energy-saving mode when no one is home. About a week after installation, the Nest will develop a personalized schedule to reflect your preferences and habits. Plus, it will continue to adapt as the season changes. Pretty neat, huh?</p> <h2>5. Open and Close Windows Wisely</h2> <p>For a low-tech approach to cooling, be judicious about your window-opening. Keep them closed during the day, especially during the peak heat hours of 10 a.m. to whenever it doesn't feel like you'll melt if you walk to the mailbox. While you're at it, draw close the curtains, too, to keep the sunlight at bay. Only open your windows a crack if there's a breeze to help with airflow, and make sure to close them when the breeze drops.</p> <p>Once the sun begins to set, though, and it starts to get cooler outside &mdash; go wild. Open your windows with abandon. Let out the trapped warmth and enjoy the (hopefully) relatively cooler night air while you can... because come the next morning, the cycle begins anew.</p> <h2>6. Avoid Hot Things</h2> <p>Sounds like a no-brainer, right? But you'd be surprised how much heat our everyday machines give off. Be aware of what machines and appliances give off significant amounts of heat, and try not to power them for so long that they warm up the room. Even if you're not wrapped around a laptop, some computers and game consoles can get pretty warm if they're on long enough. And don't get me started about the oven! Mostly because I don't want to go there &mdash; I love baking! But I try not to do any baking when it&rsquo;s super hot out; we definitely don&rsquo;t need the extra heat inside.</p> <h2>7. Eat Cold Things</h2> <p>This is one of my favorite anti-hot options. From iced drinks to ice cream and frozen yogurt to frozen fruit, I love the way the chill follows the food down my throat to my belly. I like my <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cold-frugal-drinks-to-keep-you-cool-in-the-heat">cold drinks</a> thick, like slushies or milkshakes, or with something chewable for my mouth to work on, such as boba (tapioca balls, commonly found in milk teas); the semi-solids keep me from downing the entire thing in under a minute. To stay hydrated, though, a cold glass of water is the best way to go.</p> <h2>8. Use Ceiling Fans</h2> <p>Use ceiling fans to increase the air circulation of a room &mdash; but make sure the blades are turning counterclockwise when you look up. You want the air to come down at you from above. While a spinning fan doesn&rsquo;t <em>actually</em> decrease the temperature of room, the airflow creates a wind-chill effect that makes you <em>feel</em> cooler as the sweat on your skin evaporates and your body sheds the heat. But don&rsquo;t leave it on when there&rsquo;s no one in the room; it's only effective as a cooling method if someone is there to feel it.</p> <p>No ceiling fan? No problem. Grab a stand-alone fan, plop it in front of you, and enjoy. For some serious cooling, spritz yourself with some water as the fan runs.</p> <h2>9. Play in the Water</h2> <p>You don't have to be a kid to play in the water. No one will judge you, not in this heat! (And who cares if they do? Water is fun!) Look for parks with sprinklers or water play areas. For some wet and wild fun at home, blow up an inflatable pool or run across the glorious path of a hose when your lawn needs watering. I guess you could just jump into the nearest available swimming pool, too.</p> <h2>10. Borrow A/C</h2> <p>Whether you don't have A/C or just want to save electricity at home, you can always share someone else's A/C. Coffee shops and discount theaters are great places to linger a few hours without needing to spend a lot &mdash; even an indoor shopping mall will work if you're careful with your wallet. However, my favorite by far is the library, where it's always free, and there's always something to do. In fact, many libraries are also cooling centers, where people can go for some A/C, water, and sometimes even medical attention. Check with your city or community center to find one near you.</p> <p><em>What energy-efficient strategies do you use to cool off?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wear-frozen-clothes-and-9-other-ways-to-beat-the-heat" class="sharethis-link" title="Wear Frozen Clothes and 9 Other Ways to Beat the Heat" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Frugal Living cooling saving energy summer Thu, 01 Aug 2013 10:36:38 +0000 Amy Lu 980836 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Things You Must Do to Throw a Frugal, Fun Backyard Party http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-must-do-to-throw-a-frugal-fun-backyard-party <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-things-you-must-do-to-throw-a-frugal-fun-backyard-party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bbq-4358469-small_0.jpg" alt="party" title="party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Believe it or not, the days are already getting shorter. That means now is a great time to host a little soiree to celebrate the remaining days of summer and create those wonderful memories of time well-spent with family, friends, and neighbors. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-throw-a-kids-birthday-party-thats-fun-happily-memorable">How to Throw a Kid&rsquo;s Birthday Party That&rsquo;s Fun, Happily Memorable, and Not So Expensive</a>)</p> <p>Plan ahead, borrow what you need, and make use of what you have to make your bash fun for your friends and family without being a burden on you.</p> <h2>1. Open the Pantry</h2> <p>The trick to having fun on a budget is to make the best of what you have. Rather than write out a list of what you want to have at the party, make a list of what you already have in the pantry, and create <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simple-summer-menus-that-will-save-you-money">your party menu based on ingredients you already have</a> on hand.</p> <h2>2. Ask Friends for Fresh Finds</h2> <p>It you have friends and family who garden, ask them to bring along ingredients for a salad, a homemade salsa, or a veggie tray. You&rsquo;ll get lots of fresh produce at no cost to anyone.</p> <h2>3. Prep the Traffic Areas</h2> <p>If the party is to be held out in the backyard, clean only the necessary areas like the kitchen and bathroom. Close the doors to your other rooms. Do have a backup, like the garage or the rec room, spruced up in the event of rain. If you live with a busy schedule, do a little cleaning every day, so you are not completely stressed out on the day of the party.</p> <h2>4. Make It BYOB</h2> <p>Don&rsquo;t let <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/summer-cocktail-roundup">alcohol drink up your budget</a>. Let guests know there will be plenty of food and soft drinks available, but anyone who wishes to imbibe must bring their own booze.</p> <h2>5. Borrow Coolers, Chairs, and Tables</h2> <p>Don&rsquo;t spend your money on what other people already have. Ask to borrow from family and friends the items you only need temporarily including coolers, chairs, and tables. Coolers are especially important because you can keep everyone out of your fridge during the hot day. Stock several coolers around your yard, and label each with its contents to make it easy for guests to find what they're looking for.</p> <h2>6. Provide Home Comforts</h2> <p>Make sure to set out comfort items for your backyard guests including towels to cover hot chairs, sunscreen, and bug spray. Also consider providing several shady areas for seating either under a tree or under a canopy.</p> <h2>7. Keep It Clean</h2> <p>Outside parties can include uninvited and unpleasant animal and insect guests, so create an area away from the party for trash disposal. Set up several cans with lids and recycling bins for cans and glass. Post a sign for guests to outline what gets recycled. You should also keep a small side table nearby with hand sanitizer, baby wipes, and paper towels. Monitor trash cans throughout the day, and tend to them as they get filled to minimize insects and the potential for trash to blow around your yard and neighborhood.</p> <h2>8. Keep Kids Busy</h2> <p>To keep your adult guests happy and relaxed, you need to consider how to keep the kids happy and busy. Visit the local dollar store and pick up small toys like bubbles, water balloons, glow sticks, and badminton rackets. Also make up a list of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-birthday-party-games">good yard games for adults and kids to play</a> throughout the day like egg races. For super-hot afternoons, bring out a sprinkler, and a hose and let kids cool down.</p> <p><em>Throw a backyard bash recently? What did you do to make it a success?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-must-do-to-throw-a-frugal-fun-backyard-party" class="sharethis-link" title="8 Things You Must Do to Throw a Frugal, Fun Backyard Party" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tisha-tolar">Tisha Tolar</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment Food and Drink backyard tips Party ideas summer Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:48:32 +0000 Tisha Tolar 980741 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Old-School Things That Make Summer SUMMER! http://www.wisebread.com/10-old-school-things-that-make-summer-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-old-school-things-that-make-summer-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fun-1098666-small.jpg" alt="swing" title="swing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The summer fashion trends seem to be leaning toward the '90s (ugh, clogs), which means I'm constantly reminiscing about my summers growing up. It's nice to remember not having to worry about money or my future. In fact, the only thing I worried about was that dreaded day when school started again. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun" target="_blank">50+ Ways to Have Free Outdoor Fun</a>)</p> <p>Summer when I was young was easy, carefree, and most importantly, FUN. Below are some of the frugal, old-school things I miss about summer, which I hope to enjoy again in these next few remaining months before fall arrives again.</p> <h2>1. Sprinklers</h2> <p>Considering the temperature and the (most likely) dying grass outside, there are probably lots of sprinklers in your neighborhood. And outside businesses. And in parks. Head outside and get wet. Or maybe you can find out from your local government <a href="http://brokelyn.com/how-to-legally-open-a-fire-hydrant/" target="_blank">how to open up fire hydrant</a> for some relief. Bathing suit not required, but don't prance around in your birthday suit like your parents might have let you do when you were five. That's a little thing called &quot;illegal.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Swing Sets</h2> <p>Um, hello! Playgrounds are the best thing ever (SLIDES!), but swing sets really take the cake. Competing with your best friend to see who can go the highest? Trying to swing AROUND the pole? Jumping off and doing a somersault? These are the things that I miss most. I still love swinging, and it actually is a great workout for your legs (sorry to bring it back to adulthood worries).</p> <h2>3. Popsicles</h2> <p>When it's blazing outside and your water has already turned too hot to drink, a cool, refreshing popsicle is just the ticket. And luckily, popsicles have become popular among the &quot;hip&quot; crowd, so you can generally find them at festivals, food truck circles, and markets for cheap, or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-your-own-ice-cream-and-other-frozen-treats" target="_blank">just make them yourself</a>.</p> <h2>4. Jump Rope</h2> <p>Jumping rope (jump roping?) really is the best workout ever (again, I apologize for reminding you that you're still an adult). Also, it is super fun to attempt to do the same tricks you did when you were only half your current size. Definitely buy a cloth jump rope for this one, and make sure it's your size!</p> <h2>5. Bikes</h2> <p>Boom, easy. Bikes are good for the environment, they're cheap (as long as they don't get stolen), and they'll give you amazing calf muscles. I unfortunately am unable to ride a bike (I had to ride with training wheels until the 3rd grade, and although I miraculously managed to forgo them eventually, I have since then lost my balance again), but I applaud and support those who can, specifically by minding the road. <a href="http://www.bikesbelong.org/resources/stats-and-research/research/bike-sharing-in-the-united-states/" target="_blank">Most cities have developed a bike share program too</a>, so riding a bike has never been easier.</p> <h2>6. Hula Hoops</h2> <p>I've always had a hula hoop, but I was never able to do it correctly. When I lived in New York, I took a &quot;lesson&quot; from a guy in Central Park. (Track him down! He's cheap and taught me well!) From then on, I was hooked. I currently have a hula hoop in the backseat of my car that makes everyone ask me if I'm a hippie and go to shows that involve glow sticks. No, I don't, but I do like going to the park and pretending I'm a kid again.</p> <h2>7. Backyard Camping</h2> <p>When we were little, my parents let my brother and me camp in the backyard because we both desperately wanted to go out into the wilderness, but we were too young. Camping in the backyard might be the best thing in the world, because you feel invincible away from your parents while simultaneously being able to use an indoor toilet. It's funny to me now that they let us do it, simply because we lived in the country and there were coyotes that roamed around in our yard, but I'm so glad they let us because it prepared me for many camping trips in the future. (That isn't true; I don't camp.)</p> <h2>8. Summer Camp Revisited</h2> <p>Speaking of camping, how about CAMP? Don't you miss camp?! Counselors waking you up at the crack of dawn, jumping into a lake from a tire, arts and crafts all day...those were the good ole days. And although it'd be near impossible to do a camp for grownups, shirking all responsibility, it's possible to get close. Rent a cabin with friends, think of some fun crafts, and relive your childhood.</p> <h2>9. Backyard Games</h2> <p>Instead of just having <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-ways-to-eat-hot-dogs" target="_blank">a grill out or backyard party</a>, why not involve some old school games? Red rover, badminton, kickball, and Frisbee can all be easily played and still be fun (<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-great-beer-apps-to-kick-start-your-summer" target="_blank">especially if drinking is involved</a>). Plus it's a fun and cheap way to hang with friends. If you don't have a backyard, head to the park. Maybe you can find some swings, too!</p> <h2>10. Boomboxes</h2> <p>What happened to the '80s, where you could carry around your music on your shoulder and loudly display your right to party? I say, revive it. I'm not one to listen to other people's music on public transportation, but at the beach? Sure. Why not? While you might not still don roller skates and a high-waisted bikini, you can still play your tunes loudly and proudly.</p> <p><em>What are some old school summer-time things you miss?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-old-school-things-that-make-summer-summer" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Old-School Things That Make Summer SUMMER! " rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment Lifestyle camping cheap fun exercise outdoor fun summer Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:36:32 +0000 Jennifer Holder 980153 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Frugal Ways to Enjoy Summer Fun http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-frugal-ways-to-enjoy-summer-fun <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-frugal-ways-to-enjoy-summer-fun" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fun-1132091-small.jpg" alt="bowling" title="bowling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on frugal ways to enjoy summer fun, money mistakes we've all made, and reasons to talk honestly about money.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.girlsjustwannahavefunds.com/frugal-summer/">11 Frugal Ways To Enjoy Summer Fun Without Spending Too Much Cash</a> &mdash; To have fun this summer without breaking the bank, visit your local library or go bowling. [Girls Just Wanna Have Funds]</p> <p><a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/18-money-mistakes-weve-all-made/">18 Money Mistakes We've All Made And Can Totally Get Past</a> &mdash; Impulse buying and not opening bills are two money mistakes everyone has made and can overcome! [And Then We Saved]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/four-reasons-to-talk-honestly-about-money/">Four Reasons to Talk Honestly About Money</a> &mdash; It is important to talk honestly about money because discussion can lead to new ideas. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/real-estate/5-tips-first-time-home-buyers">5 Tips for First-time Home Buyers</a> &mdash; If you are thinking about buying a home, take the time to compare the benefits and downsides of renting vs. owning. [MainStreet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mint.com/blog/how-to/how-to-stay-debt-free-0613/">How to Stay Debt Free</a> &mdash; Comparing your expenses to income can help you determine how much you can save and invest and consequently help you stay debt free. [MintLife Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/06/will-you-spend-more-on-vacations-this-year.html">Will You Spend More on Vacations This Year?</a> &mdash; 19% of people will spend more on vacations this year. Will you be one of them? [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Lighted-Mason-Jar-30849823">Dollar Store Chic: Whimsical Lighted Mason Jars</a> &mdash; You can make whimsical lighted mason jars with just a mason jar, some craft moss, and lights! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/budget-is-not-a-four-letter-word-surviving-a-layoff">Budget Is Not a Four Letter Word: Surviving a Layoff</a> &mdash; To survive a layoff, only buy wine for special occasions. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/09/09jun29h.cfm#.Ucnaa4Wf-UM">Money Saving for Dog Lovers</a> &mdash; Dog lovers can save money on their pet by making sock toys instead of buying dog toys. [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/sell-timeshare/">How to Sell Your Timeshare</a> &mdash; When selling your timeshare, it's important to be realistic about the price you can get for it. [Christian PF]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-frugal-ways-to-enjoy-summer-fun" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Frugal Ways to Enjoy Summer Fun" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment best money tips frugal fun summer Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:00:32 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 980184 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Save on Summer Parties? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-on-summer-parties <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-on-summer-parties" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends-fun-4753021-small.jpg" alt="beach ball" title="beach ball" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-on-summer-parties#comment-654227">Mary</a>, C.j., and Kelli for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Spring and summer are, arguably, the best seasons for outdoor parties! With so many occasions for summer parties &mdash; graduations, holidays, the usual birthdays, and just-because pool parties &mdash; it's not hard to find a reason to celebrate. Then again, so many occasions for summer parties makes for a <em>very</em> good reason to find ways to save on the festivities.</p> <p><b>How do you save on summer parties?</b> What preparations do you usually do if you're hosting a party? Do you have parties at home, at a park or beach, or another venue? As a guest, do you bring anything with you to combat the heat, like sunscreen, umbrellas, water guns/balloons, or extra bottles of water?</p> <p>Tell us about how you save on summer parties and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> <a id="rc-79857d37" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d37/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, June 24th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after June 24th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-on-summer-parties" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: How Do You Save on Summer Parties?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about how you save on summer parties and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers party summer Tue, 18 Jun 2013 10:36:31 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 978154 at http://www.wisebread.com 22 Fun and Free Summertime Exercise Ideas http://www.wisebread.com/22-fun-and-free-summertime-exercise-ideas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/22-fun-and-free-summertime-exercise-ideas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bicycle-1165353-small_0.jpg" alt="bike" title="bike" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are many reasons why exercising in the summer is fun and more feasible than ever. For starters, there is much more daylight during the summer, so you can get outside for more hours, say from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (rather than 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the winter).</p> <p>Your schedule may be less hectic in the summer and give you the leisure time to devote to fitness, especially if you do not have to make sure your children go to school in the morning and finish homework at night. Plus, friends and family may be more likely to join you in an exercise-related adventure. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-summery-ways-to-protect-your-skin" target="_blank">7 Summery Ways to Protect Your Skin</a>)</p> <p>Just thinking about being outside may bring to mind fun and free exercise ideas. But if not, consider these favorites.</p> <h2>1. Create a Boot Camp With Your Friends</h2> <p>Whether you are a veteran of a paid program or not, you can start your own free boot camp with friends. Hold a session in a public space, a common area in your neighborhood, or your backyard if there is enough room to exercise without disturbing others. Use online resources like this one to <a href="http://life.gaiam.com/article/create-your-own-outdoor-bootcamp">create your own outdoor boot camp</a>.</p> <h2>2. Take Swimming Lessons</h2> <p>Free swimming lessons are often available at city and county facilities. Check with your <a href="http://www.nycgovparks.org/registration/aquatics" target="_blank">city parks and recreation departments</a>, <a href="http://www.alleghenycounty.us/parks/swim.aspx" target="_blank">county parks departments</a>, and the <a href="http://www.redcross.org/hi/honololu/take-a-class/aquatics">American Red Cross</a> to learn about any free lessons in your area for children, teens, and adults.</p> <h2>3. Hike as a Friendly, Romantic, or Family Outing</h2> <p>Summertime is perfect for trying out new trails at the state park or returning to old favorites. Many parks close at dusk year-round, meaning they may be open much later in the summer than the winter (9 p.m. vs. 6 p.m., for example). Leave straight from work, bring a picnic dinner, and finish an evening hike while it&rsquo;s still light outside.</p> <h2>4. Run Some Hills</h2> <p>If you want to build your fitness capacity, running up hills in your neighborhood or a local park is a simple way to get strong. Take about 20-30 minutes in the morning, afternoon, or evening once a week to tackle hills. This exercise can help you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-run-your-first-5k" target="_blank">get ready for local 5K runs</a>.</p> <h2>5. Walk the Neighborhood</h2> <p>Summer is a great time to start walking, especially if you are just beginning to exercise. Get up early to stroll before work for a great start to a busy day. Or, take time to walk in the evening for a relaxing end to a stressful day.</p> <h2>6. Walk or Run on an Outdoor Trail or Track</h2> <p>If you want to exercise with the entire family or a group of friends with varying fitness levels, consider going to a multi-use trail, cross-country trail, or outdoor track. In my area, you can find these at public spaces run by the city and county park systems, local Y (outdoor areas are available to members and non-members alike), and even a public garden with green space frequented by area distance runners.</p> <h2>7. Swim the Lake or Ocean</h2> <p>If you are an accomplished swimmer, you can swim in open water. Find designated swimming spots in lakes (often roped off with buoys) or public-access areas of lakes and oceans.</p> <h2>8. Go Swimming at the Pool</h2> <p>Sure, pool memberships can cost you. But you may have access to a pool at no charge sometime during the summer. Bring your swimsuit when you travel for work or leisure (swimming privileges may be included in your lodging rate at hotels or resorts) or go to a neighborhood pool party.</p> <h2>9. Swim Laps in a Competition-Sized Pool</h2> <p>If you sign up for a triathlon training program, a temporary membership to a swimming facility is often included in the fee. Technically, you&rsquo;ll have to foot the bill for the program, but you may be able to get pool access for no extra charge. Similarly, membership in a triathlon club may include free swim sessions.</p> <h2>10. Jump Rope Outside</h2> <p>Do a quick workout on your driveway. If you&rsquo;ve never tried <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTjdOWC9mcM" target="_blank">jumping rope a la Rocky</a>, you may be surprised at how demanding and rewarding this exercise is. For more ideas on technique, see this article from Real Simple on <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/health/fitness-exercise/15-minute-jump-rope-workout-00000000051686/index.html" target="_blank">jump-rope workouts</a>.</p> <h2>11. Play Tennis</h2> <p>You&rsquo;ll need to bring a racket and balls, but court use is typically free. Some sites may require reservations while others have courts available on a first-come, first-served basis.</p> <h2>12. Play Softball</h2> <p>You may be able to find a place on a team sponsored by your company, church, or other group. Often, the team practices, uniforms, etc. are paid by the sponsoring group. So, you can get some exercise while bonding with friends, neighbors, and coworkers.</p> <h2>13. Learn to Row or Sail for Free</h2> <p>Boating can be an expensive hobby. But you may be able to snag free rowing or sailing lessons, getting you outside and exercising both body and mind simultaneously.</p> <p>One way to learn, as suggested by former sailing crew members in a discussion forum, is to volunteer as a hired hand for a regatta. Another is to look for free classes sponsored by groups that seek to promote the sport or activity. For example, <a href="http://sailing.mit.edu/LearntoSail/index.php#overview" target="_blank">MIT offers training to its community</a> and <a href="http://austinrowing.org/row_free.php" target="_blank">rowing clubs provide free lessons at least one day each year</a>.</p> <p>Finally, privately run camps and resorts (frequented by kids and adults) may have sailing included in their list of activities, so there are no extra fees to learn boating skills and get exercise at the same time.</p> <h2>14. Go Climbing</h2> <p>If you happen to own or have access to proper gear, summer is a great time to climb mountains outside.</p> <h2>15. Ride Your Bike</h2> <p>Travel on multi-use trails, roads, or mountain bike trails. Go alone or find a group with your local bike shop, cycling club, or Meetup.com group. Make up your own route or check out pre-made routes on sites such as <a href="http://www.mapmyride.com/" target="_blank">MapMyRide.com</a>.</p> <h2>16. Go Rollerblading</h2> <p>I often see friends and families rollerblading on the trail where I run. There is also a group that practices together and participates in local charity bike rides. Rollerblading looks like a great workout and lots of fun.</p> <h2>17. Join a Pick-Up Basketball or Soccer Game</h2> <p>You may have a group of friends who get together regularly to play a game. Join them just for fun. Alternatively, wander over to your local park and start bouncing or kicking a ball around; very often, you will meet people who are interested in playing but just need more players to field a team.</p> <h2>18. Accept an Offer for an Outdoor Adventure</h2> <p>You might agree to participate in an outdoor challenge or ropes course as part of a team-building effort, which could be more fun if you see the activity as a chance to get a free workout rather than consent to a corporate effort. Similarly, you could accompany a friend who has been asking you to go on an adventuresome outing. For example, you might go kayaking with a friend who has her own boat.</p> <h2>19. Sign Up for the Free Trial Membership at the Gym</h2> <p>Take the summer lull as a time to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-legit-ways-to-use-the-gym-for-free" target="_blank">try a new gym or exercise class for free</a>. Last summer, I was approached in the grocery store parking lot by two people giving away trial memberships; some gyms may be especially welcoming to guests during this season.</p> <h2>20. Play Outside With Your Kids</h2> <p>Leo Babauta of Zen Habits often talks about simple, fun ways to get exercise. Specifically, he mentions <a href="http://zenhabits.net/minimalist-gym/" target="_blank">playing with your kids as a great way to get a workout while enjoying yourself</a>, which is a more sustainable way to form a habit than forcing yourself to do exercises you dread.</p> <h2>21. Join Your Kids on Their Outings</h2> <p>If your kids need a chaperone for their scout or school-group hikes, volunteer to accompany them. You could get a free ride plus exercise on the trip.</p> <h2>22. Visit Your Playground</h2> <p>Many of the traditional playgrounds have pull-up bars and swings that can give you a good workout. If you need more precise instructions, learn to <a href="http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/987913/how-to-simple-playground-workouts" target="_blank">play your way to fitness</a> with exercises like jumps, planks, and lunges.</p> <p>We often think of the beginning of a new year as the best time to start a new exercise regimen. But January is often booked with work, school, volunteer, and family obligations so adopting a new habit then can be difficult. Summer's less pressured atmosphere is a perfect time to play outside, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-step-out-of-your-comfort-zone-and-try-something-new" target="_blank">try new things</a>, and make fitness fun.</p> <p><em>What fun and free ways do you like to exercise outside during the summer?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-fun-and-free-summertime-exercise-ideas" class="sharethis-link" title="22 Fun and Free Summertime Exercise Ideas" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Health and Beauty exercise family fitness outdoor sports summer Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:48:35 +0000 Julie Rains 977187 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Cheap Summer Activities for Families http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-cheap-summer-activities-for-families <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-cheap-summer-activities-for-families" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family-4783779-small.jpg" alt="family" title="family" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on cheap summer activities for families, teaching kids about money, and making the most of your time.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/cheap-summer-activities/">10 Cheap Summer Activities for Families</a> &mdash; Having a neighborhood block party or taking free tours are just a couple cheap summer activities for families. [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2013/05/27/the-first-step-to-teaching-our-kids-about-money/">The first step to teaching our kids about money</a> &mdash; Do you think sharing your family budget with your children is a good idea when teaching them about money? [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2005/12/making_the_most.html">Making the Most of Your Time</a> &mdash; To make the most of your time, have a personal mission statement and allocate your time accordingly. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyspruce.com/beyond-money-how-to-find-happiness-in-your-20s-or-any-time/">Beyond Money: How to Find Happiness in Your 20s (or Any Time)</a> &mdash; Find happiness at any point in your life by being grateful every day and letting go of fear. [Money Spruce]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/improving-the-communication-in-your-marriage">8 Ways to Communicate Better in Your Marriage</a> &mdash; If you want to communicate better in your marriage, make time for your spouse and take time to get away. [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/401k-options-when-you-leave-your-job/">401k Options When You Leave Your Job</a> &mdash; Did you know when you leave your job you can leave your 401k with your old company and continue to manage it like you would if you still worked there? You just can't add more money to the account. [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2013/05/27/dont-believe-the-bull/">Don't believe the bull</a> &mdash; If companies are earning gains through cutting costs, it may not be a bull market. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2013/05/29/16862/">Living Life to Its Fullest</a> &mdash; If you want to live your life to its fullest, do something everyday that really matters. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Make-Coffee-Ground-Soap-30647666">Cool Uses: Make Soap From Used Coffee Grounds</a> &mdash; Did you know you can make soap from used coffee grounds? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2013/05/career-advice-3-reasons-you-should.html">Career Advice: 3 Reasons You Should Transform Your Talent Into a Money Making Service</a> &mdash; Transforming your talent into a money making service is a good idea because providing value becomes easy and puts some extra money in your bank accounts. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-cheap-summer-activities-for-families" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Cheap Summer Activities for Families" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment activities best money tips cheap families fun summer Fri, 31 May 2013 10:00:39 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 976335 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Free Things to Do in the Summer http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-free-things-to-do-in-the-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-free-things-to-do-in-the-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/beach-4313601-small.jpg" alt="summer" title="summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on free things to do in the summer, getting free medication prescriptions, and budgeting when having a baby.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/free-things-to-do-in-the-summer/">33 Free Things to Do in the Summer</a> &mdash; This summer, have fun for free by reading a book or having a garage sale. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/free-medication-prescriptions/">How to Get Free Medication Prescriptions</a> &mdash; When trying to find free medication prescriptions, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may know about new trial drugs or prescription assistance programs. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/budget-having-baby/">How to Budget When Having a Baby</a> &mdash; If you are having a baby, take into consideration furniture and safety expenses. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Interview-Preparation-Tips-Time-Line-20892485">10 Essential Steps to Take Before a Job Interview</a> &mdash; Before you go in for a job interview, turn off your phone and drink some water. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/cheap-gift-ideas/">Cheap Gift Ideas</a> &mdash; To give gifts without breaking the bank, create handmade gifts or shop clearance bins. [Generation X Finance]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/life-style/how-to-mentally-financially-survive-taking-care-of-an-aging-parent/">How to Mentally &amp; Financially Survive Taking Care of an Aging Parent</a> &mdash; Establishing a budget is a key aspect of mentally and financially surviving taking care of an aging parent. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/5-ways-to-save-money-and-the-environment-this-summer/">5 Ways to Save Money and the Environment This Summer</a> &mdash; If you want to save mone and the environment this summer, install low flow shower heads. [Narrow Bridge Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/4-steps-to-mastering-the-car-seat">4 Steps to Mastering Your Child's Car Seat</a> &mdash; To master your child's carseat, read the directions! [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.girlsjustwannahavefunds.com/reasons-to-avoid-life-insurance/">5 Silly Reasons You Use To Avoid Getting Life Insurance</a> &mdash; Don't use the excuse of not needing life insurance to avoid getting it. [Girls Just Wanna Have Funds]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/02/02may27d.cfm?slider#.UaObaIXi6UM">Don't Feel the Burn - Heal the Burn!</a> &mdash; Did you know you can use cooled vitamin E to heal your sunburn? [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-free-things-to-do-in-the-summer" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Free Things to Do in the Summer" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment best money tips free fun summer Tue, 28 May 2013 09:36:55 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 976250 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Summer Activities Do You Love? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-summer-activities-do-you-love <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-summer-activities-do-you-love" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/swim-5018810-small.jpg" alt="pool" title="pool" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-summer-activities-do-you-love#comment-645751">Carmen</a>, Lynda, and Janice for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Summer is almost here! It's the season of beach trips, barbecues, and outdoor concerts under the stars. And heat waves, sure, but we'll save that topic for another Ask the Readers. This week, it's all about the fun stuff!</p> <p><b>What summer activities do you love?</b> Do you prefer to be under the sun or out of the heat? Does your family have any summer traditions &mdash; road trips, pool parties, or outdoor dinners? What special activities have you planned for this summer?</p> <p>Tell us about the summer activities you love and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> <a id="rc-79857d33" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d33/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, May 27th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after May 27th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-summer-activities-do-you-love" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: What Summer Activities Do You Love?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about the summer activities you love and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers cheap fun summer Tue, 21 May 2013 10:37:08 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 974144 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Save Money on Your Vacation This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-on-your-vacation-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-save-money-on-your-vacation-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/street-vendor-194148-small.jpg" alt="street festival" title="street festival" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on saving money on your summer vacation, building a library on the cheap, and money lessons from Mad Men.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyqanda.com/how-to-save-money-on-your-vacation/">How To Save Money On Your Vacation This Summer</a> &mdash; To save money on your summer vacation, consider eating from street vendors instead of restaurants. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2013/04/11/10-ways-to-build-a-library-on-the-cheap/">10 Ways to Build a Library on the Cheap</a> &mdash; Check out used book stores and thrift shops to build your own library on the cheap. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/5-money-lessons-from-mad-men/">5 Money Lessons from Mad Men</a> &mdash; Mad Men can teach us the importance of knowing your worth. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/estate-planning-young-couples.html">Estate Planning for Young Couples</a> &mdash; When young couples are thinking about estate planning, durable power of attorney should be something they consider. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/saving-money-tips/post.aspx?post=20399e84-b1ba-4eca-8cb4-f7c22a45dcba&amp;ref=bfv">Women: Will success leave you lonely?</a> &mdash; 42% of women feel that being a financially independent woman is intimidating to men and will result in them being alone. [MSN Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/making-money-saves-money/">Why You Should Do More Than Just Save Money</a> &mdash; Saving money isn't enough; you must find ways to increase your income too! [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/04/making-museum-memberships-worth-the-cost.html">Making Museum Memberships Worth the Cost</a> &mdash; If an annual membership to a museum is around the same price as a one-time visit, it might be a good idea to purchase the membership. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/business/T012-S001-jobs-that-pay-women-more-than-men/index.html">8 Jobs That Pay Women More Than Men</a> &mdash; Female media relations specialists make more than men with the same job title. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Cleaning-Hacks-29264699">9 Cleaning Hacks From Real People</a> &mdash; Make cleaning easier by listening to music or letting your hunger motivate you. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/beating-the-bullies-how-kids-and-parents-can-fight-back-against-bullying">Beating the Bullies: How Kids (and Adults) Can Fight Back Against Bullying</a> &mdash; Parents can teach their kids to fight back against bullying by setting a positive example. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-on-your-vacation-this-summer" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Save Money on Your Vacation This Summer" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Travel best noney tips summer travel vacation Sat, 13 Apr 2013 10:00:33 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 973453 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Cheap Things to Do Before the Summer Is Gone http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-things-to-do-before-the-summer-is-gone <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-cheap-things-to-do-before-the-summer-is-gone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5441656865_1520f8aedf_b.jpg" alt="Ferris wheel" title="ferris wheel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You guys, I have bad news. Summer is almost over! And although I secretly think that fall is the best season in the world (boots and scarves are my favorite), I can&rsquo;t say I&rsquo;m ready to say goodbye to this sunshine. So, what to do before the sun starts going down earlier and the A/C is turned off? Simple &mdash; go outside.</p> <p>Below, I&rsquo;ve put together some cheap (but mostly free) last-ditch efforts to make the most out of the gorgeous sunlight. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-have-cheap-summer-fun">25 Ways to Have Cheap Summer Fun</a>)</p> <h2>1. Fairs and Festivals</h2> <p>Two words: Ferris wheels. Soon they&rsquo;re going to be put back in their boxes and stored in a nearby trailer park (or wherever it is Ferris wheels hide for the colder months). Take advantage of every opportunity you can before summer is over to go to the fair and see your city from above, throw balls at impenetrable targets, and people watch. You might see a little more skin and a few less teeth than you were hoping for, but you can&rsquo;t deny the hilarity of it all. And who knows, maybe you'll win your sweetheart a giant panda...</p> <h2>2. Theme Parks</h2> <p>Roller coasters! Fake castles! Splash rides! I <em>love</em> a good theme park, but the bad news is most of them are overpriced. The good news is you can generally find two-for-one deals or special days when it costs a little less for the fun. Be sure to look on the park's website for discount information and check with your boss for any deals offered to your company.</p> <h2>3. Free Outdoor Movies</h2> <p>If you are anywhere near a big city (from Denver to Minneapolis to Pittsburgh), this is a must do. Scout it out &mdash; there&rsquo;s got to be one somewhere in a park. And most likely, they&rsquo;re not all over yet. Sometimes the movies are even new releases! And if there isn&rsquo;t one in your area, throw a blanket up, <a href="http://www.atsrentals.com/page--Projector-Rentals--gg.html">rent a projector</a> (with friends' monetary donations, of course), and have at it.</p> <h2>4. Free Outdoor Concerts</h2> <p>Summer concert series are popular throughout the world. Most of the large, outdoor festivals are over now, but you can still take advantage of a select few concerts, generally for free. Be on the lookout for after dark specials sponsored by breweries. They'll be in a lot of the same cities that have the free outdoor movies, but you might be surprised. Music is easier to come by than movie rights, so a ton of smaller towns offer downtown concert series at no cost.</p> <h2>5. Water Sports</h2> <p>I don&rsquo;t normally swim all summer &mdash; I didn&rsquo;t grow up with a pool or take trips to the lake. But my best friend lives in apartment complex, and I&rsquo;ve swum every single Saturday this summer. When the warm weather ceases and the pool closes, I&rsquo;m going to be unbelievably disappointed. Also, the lake, river, and ocean are at the perfect temperature right now for a dip, kayaking, canoeing, or stand-up paddle boarding. Take advantage of any water sports in your area before it's too late!</p> <h2>6. Read in the Park</h2> <p>I read far more in the summer for leisure than I do any other time &mdash; I guess it's a habit I picked up from being in school. More time off in the summer, more time to read. Then again, there's nothing like soaking in the sun on soft grass and catching up on the latest bestseller (or if you're like me, the classics). Grab a good book, a blanket, and some sunglasses and head out to your park. If you don't mind an occasional whizzing Frisbee or barking dog, you'll be able to sink into another world in the middle of your neighborhood.</p> <h2>7. Outdoor Theater</h2> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re in New York for Shakespeare in the Park or in Portland for Star Trek in the Park, you're probably close to some sort of outdoor stage. Or if you live near a drive-in, drive over and watch a summer blockbuster in the car with your friends. While pricier, they make for a much more fun date option and you can bring your own food (and sometimes alcohol &mdash; if you're not the driver, of course).</p> <h2>8. Dry Your Clothes in the Sun</h2> <p>This is the time to forgo the dryer and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kilowatts-a-killer-tips-for-air-drying-clothes">put your clothes out on the line</a>. Not only will it save you energy costs, but as long as you don&rsquo;t let the clothes sit out in the sun too long (don&rsquo;t forget about fading!), it&rsquo;ll save the life of your wardrobe. Plus that natural fresh air smell really can&rsquo;t be contained in a bottle of Febreze.</p> <h2>9. Work on Your Tan</h2> <p>This is probably the most obvious one. Soon I'm going to be as pasty as the Microsoft Word background I&rsquo;m typing this on. And while I don't mind being asked if I'm allergic to the sun (yes, people ask me that), a slight tan does give me the illusion of &quot;health.&quot; I don't condone tanning beds, so if you want to get some last minute sun in, go for it!</p> <h2>10. Exercise Outside</h2> <p>Running outside is obviously free, but a lot of cities offer free park classes like yoga, tai chi, or Zumba. Look around in your town (or surrounding area) to see if you can catch one before they&rsquo;re all over. Also, the aforementioned Frisbee in the park is always fun, and since football season is starting, it's time to practice tossing the ball around too. Just because you've got a fantasy draft doesn't mean you can't play in real life, right?</p> <h2>11. Eat and Drink Outside</h2> <p>When I lived in New York, I always got so excited when the tables and chairs were placed outside and umbrellas started popping up. It meant summer was close! So if you're going to grab a beer with friends or lunch with your coworkers, pick a location outside. Best part &mdash; you don't have to use your &quot;indoor voice.&quot;</p> <h2>12. DIY Projects</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re like me, you have a &ldquo;found&rdquo; object in your house that you&rsquo;ve been meaning to paint or update all summer. Soon it&rsquo;s going to be too cold to stand outside and do it, so grab whatever it is you've been meaning to redo and get to work. It'll take far less time than you think, and you'll be glad to have that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/guide-to-better-style-the-curated-closet">extra closet space</a> when you pull out all of your winter coats again.</p> <h2>13. Pedicures</h2> <p>Ladies (okay, fine, men too), you&rsquo;ve only got a few more weeks of toe-showing left. And since <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-give-yourself-a-manicure-at-home">giving yourself a pedicure</a> is far cheaper than purchasing one, grab a pumice stone and get to work. You may be putting your feet away soon, but that doesn't mean you have to hide them now.</p> <h2>14. Grill Out</h2> <p>Soon the propane tanks and charcoal are going to be (safely) stored away and the &quot;men&quot; are going to hang up their barbeque forks for one more year. Granted, you'll probably keep the grills out during most of football season, but eventually it'll get too cold, so fire it up, put some meat on, and enjoy the last bits of summer while you can.</p> <h2>15. Fish</h2> <p>I know fishing can be expensive if you're not a seasoned fisher(wo)man, but if it's something you like to do, get some time in before it's too late. Unfortunately, I can't add much advice to this particular subject because the only &quot;fishing&quot; I ever did was when I was little and tried to grab minnows in the creek by my aunt's house (yes, I'm from Tennessee), but if you live near a lake, go for it!</p> <p><em>What do you want to do before it's too cold?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-things-to-do-before-the-summer-is-gone" class="sharethis-link" title="15 Cheap Things to Do Before the Summer Is Gone" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment summer theme parks things to do Thu, 30 Aug 2012 10:36:43 +0000 Jennifer Holder 952436 at http://www.wisebread.com