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Cheap, fun ways to celebrate the first day of summer

Longer days, warmer weather, and endless outdoor fun—it’s no wonder that summer is a season that is beloved by so many. If you’ve been anxiously awaiting for the return of summer, your wait is almost over: summer 2016 officially begins on June 20th. If you’re ready to welcome the change of seasons with open arms, the following are some ways you can celebrate the first day of summer on the cheap:

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Make a list of fun plans

Now that’s officially summertime, it’s the perfect time to sit down and make a list of all the things you’re planning to or want to do before the fall. Planning for fun can be an enjoyable activity on its own—no, seriously. It’s free, gets you psyched for all the awesome times ahead, and ensures you won’t forget all the things you want to do.

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Stock up on summertime essentials

From sunscreen to swimsuits and everything in between, the beginning of summer can be the perfect time to go shopping and stocking up on some warm weather necessities. By taking advantage of sales and other promotions, you won’t be forced to pay full price for the items you need throughout the season. Purchase in bulk when you can and it when makes sense, so that you’ll be prepared for the entire summer—for example, charcoal for your barbeque grill (or an actual barbeque grill if you find a good deal). By shopping smart and planning ahead in every way possible, you can cut down on your expenses throughout the summer.

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Shop for off-season clothing

Out with the old and in with the new: this is a common motto that a lot of retailers live by when it comes to seasonal changes, and you can reap the benefits if you know where to look. If you do decide to spend the first day of summer shopping, be sure to check out sales for out-of-season products—more specifically, clothing. Even though you want to be prepared for summer, you can take advantage of steep savings by stocking up on clothing for cool weather, which is frequently discounted in order to make room for new inventory.

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Take a hike—literally

Have you been cooped up indoors all year because you live in an area that has winter-like weather all throughout the “spring” as well? Now that the weather will be a bit more pleasant and you can step outside without a thousand warm layers, take advantage of it. If you tend to exercise indoors, for example, go for a scenic hike. Not only is it a great workout, but it doesn’t cost a dime. If you pay for a gym membership, consider pausing it during the warmer months (if possible) and you’ll save even more money.

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Go camping

Are you dying to get away and change things a bit now that it’s summer, but you’re on a tight budget? Camping can be a fun and very inexpensive way to get away and welcome the change in seasons. With campsites all throughout the country, you probably won’t have to look far for availability. Renting a campsite is pretty cheap—often just under $30 a night. You’ll need a tent and camping equipment, but you could also rent it. If you think you might want to go camping multiple times throughout the summer, though, it can be more cost-efficient to buy your equipment in the beginning of the summer so that you won’t have to keep paying to rent it.

For more ideas about saving money on popular summertime activities throughout the season, be sure to check out our other blog post: 8 ways to have summer fun on a budget.

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