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Summer savings tips: 4 ways to save

Summer savings tips: 4 ways to save
Summer savings tips: 4 ways to save
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Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off for summer, and it can also be your time to get in gear to save on summer's special costs. Saving money doesn't have to be rocket science when you use these four ways to save this summer.

How to save on energy bills

Energy bills aren't decreasing any time soon, but there are things you can do to be proactive about the costs. If you live in a two-story home that doesn't have central air, consider cooling only the level of the home that is used the most. For any type of home, energy star appliances can decrease the amount of power and water used. Buying a new air conditioner, washing machine or other appliance? Look for the energy star logo to save money on long-term utility costs.

How to pay for fun this summer

Whether you're planning for a membership to the zoo, pass to the pool, or recurring visits to an amusement park, how you pay for these trips can save money or cost money. Ask about a payment plan before you buy. Also, don't be afraid to ask about coupons. Military discounts, senior citizen discounts and student discounts are other ways to save on admission costs, so be sure to ask about these potential deals.

Summer cookout food specials

Preparing for a cookout this Memorial Day? Save by stocking up for your Fourth of July cookout as well. Because Memorial Day sales feature summer cookout items, it's a great time to save by planning in advance for your next summer soiree.

Get a garden started

Always wanted organic food but never been impressed with the price? Starting your own garden is the perfect solution. Visit a local garden center to find out what can be grown in your area at this point in the season. Gardening is an affordable way to supply yourself with delicious herbs, vegetables or fruit with minimal cost involved.

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