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Your Guide to Summer Savings

Your Guide to Summer Savings

Your Guide to Summer Savings

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Summertime is here, which, while fun, can be pretty challenging for your finances. You've already spent your tax refund, and any extra cash you had probably went towards a vacation or home repairs. The kids are out of school, and it feels like they constantly need something. Luckily, there are many ways to rack up some summer savings when it comes to everything from food and clothing to entertainment and everyday needs. 
 
Buy Snacks in Bulk 
Whether you have kids at home or not, grocery stores tend to put snack foods on sale from time to time through the summer. From popsicles to granola bars, buy those snacks in bulk when they're on sale. 
 
Skip the Grocery Store for the Farmer's Market 
Instead of stocking up on produce at your local grocery store, visit a local farm or farmer's market and select your own veggies. Not only will you typically pay less for your food, but also it's a good way to get out and enjoy the warm summer air. 
 
Plant a Garden 
You can skip the grocery store and the local farmer's market and grow your own vegetables. You don't need much space — you can even do it on a balcony or patio in planters — and it's a great way to get the family outdoors and involved in healthy eating. 
 
Do Your Dining Out Early 
If you prefer dining out, don't wait until 7:00 or 8:00 p.m. to get dinner. Dining out at happy hour or during early bird specials are two great ways to save some money on a meal. 
 
Grab Food and a Movie to Go 
If you're looking for some cheap activities, skip the expensive theater and plan a movie night at home. You can get takeout from your favorite restaurant and spend a couple of bucks on a movie rental.  
 
Take Advantage of Free Entertainment and Cheap Activities 
If you have kids, you can also look for free and cheap activities in your community. Check your local parks and libraries for summer fun, like story hours, arts and crafts classes, sports teams, nature hikes, and other opportunities. 
 
Shop Back-to-School and End-of-Summer Sales 
If you're looking for affordable outfits, wait until the end of summer if possible. That's when retailers hold their back-to-school sales. They also typically mark summer items down at that time. 
 
Try Affordable Outfits from Secondhand Shops 
For even more summer savings and affordable outfits, try your local thrift or consignment shop. You'll find even designer clothing in amazingly good condition for low prices. This is a great option all year, considering how fast kids outgrow clothes.
 
Sign Up for Emails and Free Memberships 
Finally, sign up for free email newsletters and special offers and memberships. Restaurants, grocery stores, clothing stores, big box retailers, entertainment venues — they all send out special deals that you can't get anywhere else. 
 
If our summer savings aren't enough to get you through the hottest days of the year, consider an installment loan. Apply online or at one of our convenient NiceLoans! locations today to get funded and get on your way to summer fun!  
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