Four Smart Ways To Save Money This Summer

With summer nearly upon us, there is a lot to think about. It is the best time of year for lots of reasons. Maybe you are in the process of planning your holiday, or you are thinking of taking some time off work in order to visit friends and family more locally. Besides a trip, there are so many exciting things to do over summer that you may wish it lasted a bit longer. With new art exhibitions, music festivals and sporting events to pack into your calendar, it is a full-time job just finding time for everything. While it can be a lot of fun, it can also be quite expensive. When the nice weather starts, you can so easily be tempted to head out to a chic bar with a rooftop terrace and watch the sun go down, or invite your friends over for a barbecue and a party. However, all of these things cost money. If you are worried about how you are going to afford the sort of summer that you’ll tell your kids about, here are a few tips:

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Before you can think about where you are going to go and what you’re going to do once you get there, you need to figure out what you’re going to wear. In an age of social media posts and selfies (a study conducted last year estimates that about one million are taken every day), you always have to look good. However, with fashions changing and clothes being expensive anyway, it can sometimes be difficult to look your best all the time. The bargain ideas you'll find here may be able to help. You do not need to buy the most expensive brands to get noticed around town. Be creative and create your own clothes. They will always be unique and by virtue of you not selling them, priceless. Also, while it may seem counterintuitive, summer is the best time to invest in your winter clothes. Big, warm coats and gloves and hats will be cheaper in the stores because there is not as great a demand for them. Conversely, winter is the best time to find your next great pair of swimming trunks or a bikini.

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If you are planning a trip that requires you to fly, a good trick for getting a better price online is clearing the cookies in your browser. Airlines use dynamic pricing to decide how much to charge you. They use your search history and cookies against you so deleting them can save you money. Other good advice includes booking seven weeks early for short haul flights and eighteen weeks for long haul flights.

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It is a myth that you have to spend money to have a good time anyway. Art galleries and museums, in particular, are often free and all they offer is the most exquisite things of beauty that humanity has ever created. It’s a pretty good deal and you can find lots of details about great places here.

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Lastly, going to the park and borrowing a book from your local library are both free. Combine them, and you have just about the best summer afternoon anyone could hope for.

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