Ever heard of the saying, “ballin’ on a budget?” That is a real concept. Spending racks on a new summer wardrobe or expensive vacations out of your means isn’t necessary to have a bangin’ summer. Opting for “staycations,” a vacation in your city where you act as a tourist and explore the in’s and out’s of your city like an out-of-towner, or shopping on a budget will help you go into the Autumn season with a hefty savings and a memorable summer. Check out some tips on how to have an amazing summer without spending a ton of dough.

Take Advantage of Local Events and Attractions
No matter where you live, there’s always something to do. Whether festivals, outdoor concerts, to visiting your local museums or parks, the summer is the time to go outside and even the warm temperatures. And don’t forget about those Happy Hours! Bars and restaurants slash their prices, make sure you take advantage of the deals.

Visit websites like Valpak, where they have a bundle of discount vouchers for local restaurants and other entertainment activities for 50% off or more.

Kick Off Weekly Family Dinners
Pick your closest four or five pals and start a family dinner where one person cooks for the group each week. Great for socializing and entertaining, bring games and drinks And don’t forget to put your phones away. After 8:00pm, start a “No-Phone” rule, where no one is allowed to peek on social media or text the entire evening. The first to break must buy the group drinks!

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Find Free Activities for Kids
Kids out of school and getting restless? Check out Regal Summer Series, where kids see matinee’s for only a buck. This is also the time to sign your kid up for summer sports leagues, which are usually low-cost or no cost. Children also get free passes to museums and local attractions.

Travel Smart
Want to take a summer vacation? It’s totally possible to get out of town without breaking the bank. Aside from Groupon’s irresistible Getaways, visit LivingSocial who can send you on a all-inclusive tropical vacation, sometimes including airfare, without going broke.

– Angela (@SheisAngela)

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