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Summer is usually the season for taking a break.  But between planning for holiday activities and keeping yourself cool in the warm climate, it is also a season in which you are forced to spend so much money.  Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to save money while making your summer vacation worthwhile.

When we think of summer, most of us naturally think about going to the beach or on an outing.  Instead of going to some out-of-the-way place to spend your vacation, you can save much on travel expenses if you opt for someplace that is much closer to your location.  On the other hand, there is really nothing wrong with just spending a nice, peaceful vacation at home.

Summer is also a season for garage sales, and the next time you go out to buy new summer clothes, you can save a lot by shopping at such sales.  You may also be able to find stores that offer special summer discounts.  You can even make some money for yourself by holding a garage sale of your own.  It would give you a great excuse to clean out your closet and make a profit out of it at the same time.  You can get rid of your old summer wear and earn money to buy new ones.

During the hot summer months, air conditioners are a boon for keeping the sweltering temperatures at bay.  However, their constant use can contribute greatly to the high cost of your electric bills.  In particular, clogged air conditioning filters would restrict the airflow and decrease your air-con’s efficiency, causing it to run longer than it should and thus raising your energy bills.  Make sure to have your filters checked and replaced on a regular basis to save on the bills, as well as to ensure that the air entering your home remains fresh and clean.

Another money saving measure is to refrain from using the air conditioner too often.  This is not to say that you should just suffer through the summer heat, but that you should only turn it on when absolutely necessary.  If it isn’t a particularly warm day, or when the temperature drops in the nighttime, you could just switch the air conditioner off and open the windows instead.  Or you can just turn on an electric fan, which consumes less electricity in comparison to an air conditioner.

One of the great things about summer is that it gives you an excuse to have a cook out.  In fact, cooking outside isn’t just fun, it also has certain benefits and affords you the opportunity to save some money.  For one thing, grilling allows you to save on electricity and gas.  To be sure, grilling does have its share of expenses, but not as much as cooking with an oven or a stove.  Also, cooking in your home causes the temperature inside your house to rise, in turn causing your air conditioner to run more.  So with cooking out, not only do you get to save on bills, you also get a chance to cool off in the open air, and you get to throw a summer barbecue party as well.

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