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More ways to beat summer heat

By Jeff Fruhwirth ·
Friday, May 17, 2013
Posted: 10 am ET

Two weeks ago, I offered a few tips on how to save money and still have fun during the summer.  It was difficult to write then, because where I live we were buried under about 12 inches of snow.

Now, the weather is better, and I've got five more fun things to do during the summer that are frugal or free.

  1. Take a class with your child. Both Home Depot and Lowe's have classes where they teach youngsters how to build simple projects. Typically, these are scheduled for Saturday mornings. I've seen things like birdhouses, herb planters and pencil holders being created there. Your child also gets to socialize with other kids, and it is all free.
  2. Geocaching. Geocaching allows you to use a smartphone or GPS to go on a treasure hunt. To get started, plug in some basic location information to the Geocaching website and it will pull up a list of treasures to find. Typically, the site will have some clues you need to decode. It is a great way to get outside and explore new areas around where you live.
  3. Celebrate a secret summer holiday. There are plenty of holidays that get little publicity. (Talk Like a Pirate Day, anyone? It's Sept. 19.) There are a few great ones during the summer, such as National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (Aug. 2), National Watermelon Day (Aug. 3) and National Sandcastle Day (Aug. 17). And that's just in August. Such days give you a perfect excuse to celebrate.
  4. Run through the sprinklers. As a kid, this was my favorite way to cool off during the summer. My mom would set up a sprinkler outside, and my sister and I would get our on swimming suits and run around in the water. We always had fun spraying each other with the hose!
  5. Beat the heat at the movies. Head over to the nearest discount movie theater during the daytime matinee shows and check out one of your favorite flicks. Discount theaters are cheap to begin with, and many offer additional price breaks if you are going to a show during the day.

What are some of your favorite cheap or free ways to spend summer days?

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