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10 Affordable Cures for Those Summertime Blues

Hi folks, J.G. Wentworth here. Has this summer’s latest heat wave left you drained? Do you find yourself listless or bored – stuck in a mid-summer malaise from which you can’t escape?

If the answer to either question is yes, you are not alone. Many folks these days are suffering from a case of the ‘summertime blues’, and looking for an affordable opportunity to recapture the energy they had those first magical weeks of June. With that in mind, here are 10 low-cost cures to help put that pep back in your step – and make sure you get all the enjoyment you can from this summer before it’s gone for good.

1) Visit a local amusement park – at a discount

Prices for many amusement parks seem prohibitive – but not if you do your research. Many parks offer buy-one-get-one-free deals for locals that can lower these costs considerably. Visit amusement park websites or specialty discount sites like for more information.

2) Spend the day in a movie theater

Most national movie chains now offer discount tickets or loyalty programs to their regular users. Go to a matinee – or two! – and bring your own snacks, and you might be surprised how affordable the day is.

3) Explore all local events

Community concerts, art festivals, public movie screenings at parks or outdoor malls – these are just few of the low-cost events your local community may sponsor. Investigate online or check out your local newspapers for more information.

4) Check out online daily deals for possible impromptu summer activities

Groupon, LivingSocial, Foursquare and Yelp are just some of the many ‘daily deal’ websites that offer great rates for amazing last-minute activities like horseback riding, boat rides, guided tours, even paragliding – to name just a few. You’ll simply never know what they have to offer on any given day unless you spend the time to check these sites out.

5) Beach day

To recharge the senses and rid you of any summertime blues, nothing can beat a day at the beach. Those cool ocean or lakefront freezes will do wonders to your spirit – and cost virtually nothing besides.

6) Fire up the barbecue

Nothing says summer fun quite like a great barbecue. You can either reserve a space to barbecue at your neighborhood park, or invite friends and family to your own place; either way, just send the word out that you’ll be firing up a grill, and watch people flock over!

7) Find a last minute travel deal

Looking for a cheap weekend getaway? The Internet is absolutely loaded with travel deals for last-minute summer escapes. Check out Expedia, Hotwire, Priceline, and Orbitz – to name only a few websites – for great deals on airfare and hotel accommodations.

8) Go fishing

You don’t need fancy equipment to have a great fishing day. Find a local lake stocked with fish, grab a stick, string, and some worms, and have a truly great time.

9) Make-your-own biking adventure

Some people love to rise early and bike around their neighborhoods. Others prefer to get out of the city and do some mountain biking on nature trails close to home. Either way, a well-planned day of biking is as cheap as it is fun.

10) Try a sunrise or sunset hike

One last – but certainly not least – way to enjoy these final ‘dog-days’ of summer is to go on a hike.  Get up early and climb a mountain to watch the sunrise; or if sleeping in is your preference, cool off at the end of the day with a sunset hike that will have you watching a setting sun fill up the sky with color and beauty. Is there a better way to both recharge the spirit and enjoy this summer’s final month?

We hope our above list of summertime activities will help you recharge your batteries and maximize your summertime fun – with little or no damage to your wallet.  And speaking of wallets, if you are scheduled to receive money from a structured settlement or annuity but need cash sooner, call J.G. Wentworth. We are among this nation’s leaders in helping people get the money they need out of their structured settlement or annuity payments  into their pocket sooner.. Call us anytime at 877-227-4713.