If you live within easy driving distance of an Ollie's Bargain Outlet and haven't visited them recently, you're missing out on a store with a variety of really cool merchandise at cheap prices.
Ollie's Bargain Outlet's 163 stores make it one of the largest closeout retailers in the U.S. The chain specializes in overstocks, package changes, manufacturer refurbs and irregulars, and stocks famous brand names like Rubbermaid, Ekco, Mirro, Mattel, Igloo and Anchor Hocking.
Ollie's has numerous deals on warm weather items in their current ad, with prices good through June 11. Even if you can't catch their latest sale, chances are good that you'll still find something you can't live without when you visit Ollie's.
On the low end of the price scale, you can pick up Coppertone sunscreen continuous spray, available in SPF 30 or SPF 50, in a 6 oz bottle for only $3.99.
You can also find snow cone syrups in cherry, raspberry and watermelon flavors for 99 cents per 16 oz bottle.
For fun in the pool, Ollie's has body boards measuring 33" by 17" by 2" in assorted styles for $6.99. Quad sports chairs with carry bag included cost $7.99.
No need to visit the big box stores for help keeping your home cool this summer. At Ollie's, you can pick up a Magnavox 8000 BTU (350 square feet), three-speed window air conditioner unit with digital thermostat for $189.99. A portable 12,000 BTU (550 square feet) air conditioning unit with remote control and 24-hour on/off timer will set you back $299.99.
Those of us for whom warmer weather means hurricane and tornado weather might consider picking up a gas generator in preparation for possible power outages. Ollie's has 3250-watt generators with four-gallon gas tanks for $249.99 and All-Power 6000-watt generators for $459.99. You probably won't find a reasonably priced generator (or any generator) if and when you need one, so now's the time to think about whether to take the plunge.
Tarps are another thing you'll find scarce after a severe weather event such as a tornado or hurricane which causes widespread damage. In the event you have damage to your roof or siding, you'll need tarps to protect your house from further harm. Ollie's has tarps of various sizes, starting at 99 cents for a 4' by 6' one and going up to $199.99 for a 40' by 150' tarp.