With Memorial Day behind us, summer has kicked off in most people's minds, and while that means vacation, no school, swimming, and all the fun that comes with it, it also means the bad does as well, such as bugs, higher gas prices, tourists, and a high electric bill from the air conditioner constantly running. While the good far outweighs the bad, summer can get a little costly at times. It will put a strain on some wallets over the next few months, and some adjustments may have to be made, but there are some ways to save a few extra bucks and pinch pennies this summer, by doing these things.

Ditch the Car this Summer

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For those that live in Buhl, Filer, Kimberly, Jerome, or other surrounding towns and work or frequently visit Twin Falls, it may be a little difficult, but if you live in town, ditch the car and take your bike this summer. Yes, there will be days you need your car due to extreme heat or rain, but if it is a nice day, take your bicycle and save money by not purchasing gas when it is at its highest. You would be surprised how much it adds up and you will save through the season.

Get an Electric or Battery Lawn Mower

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Gas lawnmowers are great, but similar to the car, the price of gas is at its highest in the summer and the money you spend on electricity to charge your mower or battery will be much cheaper than what you spend buying gas. Just by ditching the car and gas mower, you will save a decent amount this summer, but wait, there is more.

Lunch Programs for Those with Kids

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If you are someone with kids, you might be freaking out when summer rolls around. Not because they will be home, but because it means more electricity, more money on entertainment, and more money on food. One of the few good things about COVID is it was the beginning of the lunch programs to help families feed their children through the rough time, and it has continued, even through the summer. Make sure to click this link to see when and where you can pick up lunches for your children, and save some money in the process.

Take Day Trips Instead of Vacation

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While taking a week or longer off work is nice during the summer, it can be expensive to take a big vacation. Instead, take off random Fridays or Mondays and enjoy a day trip or weekend trip. By doing day trips, you aren't driving as far or staying at a hotel, and are saving money. You could go camping and save money on both as well. Turning your week-long vacation into multiple three-day weekends will help spread out those days off as well. Without paying to fly, drive across multiple states, and multiple nights in hotels, you could save hundreds or thousands of dollars this summer. 

Become a Nudist this Summer

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Idaho summers can get hot, especially in the Magic Valley. Due to the heat, you will likely be running your air conditioner this summer to stay nice and cool. To save some money, close the curtains, keep the sun from shining in, and lose the clothes. This will help you stay as cool as possible without having to pay for the extra electricity to run your air conditioner. It could still get a bit uncomfortable, but it could still save some money here and there. Make sure those curtains are closed though, because if the neighbors see you, you might get in trouble

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While your wallet is likely to take a hit this summer, these will help lessen the amount that you spend. Some of them will require sacrifice and some life adjustments, but it is up to you how much you want to save this summer. Look for free activities and find ways to have fun for as cheap of a cost as possible. Summer is here, so have fun and try not to spend too much.

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