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Last minute, end-of-summer getaways on the cheap  

Summer seems to come and go in a blink of an eye, doesn’t it? With the season coming to an end once again, it’s your last chance to soak up some of that warmer weather. What better way to take advantage of the last few days of summer than with a trip? Even if you’re on a budget and planning last minute, there are still some great options to think about. If you need some inspiration, consider the following:

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Cape Cod, MA

Finding last-minute accommodations in Cape Cod during the height of summer can be difficult, to say the least—especially if you aren’t looking to spend much. Budget hotels are booked up months in advance, but if you’re going towards the end of September, you’ll have a lot more options to choose from. The weather is rather chilly, but not too cold to the point where you can’t enjoy hanging out on the beach, either. So if fewer crowds and cheaper prices are what you’re after, Cape Cod right at the end of summer is an excellent choice. And don’t worry about finding stuff to do, either—Cape Cod is jam-packed with fun activities, even when the season is over. Whale watching, Bourne’s annual Scallop Festival, and kayak tours are just some of the many activities you can choose from.


An afternoon shot of Ormond Beach in Florida. Yes on this beach you're allowed to drive right up to the shore.

Ormond Beach, FL

If you thought about visiting Florida’s beaches this summer, avoid South Florida if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck. Ormond Beach is not only cheaper, but it’s also more laid-back, which is perfect if you’re looking for a mellow place to enjoy the remaining days of summer. Another great thing about Ormond Beach? It’s a great solution if you can’t decide between theme parks and the beach. Orlando, which is often referred to as the theme park capital of the world, is only about an hour or so away. This makes for an easy day trip, and allows you to avoid the costlier lodging options that are closer to the theme parks.


View of Mount Bellview from Gothic Campground north of Crested Butte Colorado.

Crested Butte, CO

Crested Butte tends to have two different high seasons—winter being the biggest (for skiing, snowboarding, and all that other fun stuff), and summer following closely behind. By visiting at the tail-end of summer, you’ll be able to take advantage of cheaper prices before it gets too chilly to enjoy Colorado’s best outdoor activities (that don’t require snow, that is). Take a scenic hike, ride a bicycle through one of the many beautiful trails, or go fly fishing.


The world famous Cabot Trail on the Atlantic Ocean in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is a beautiful place to visit at the end of summer, and can be a perfect choice if you’re over the hot weather and ready to welcome fall with open arms. Peak autumn foliage can be difficult to pinpoint, but if you visit during the final days of summer, there’s a good chance you’ll catch some of the season’s boldest colors. Cape Breton Island, in particular, offers some pretty affordable accommodations (under $100/night), even during the peak season.



If you want something a little more exotic, but Hawaii and French Polynesia are a bit out of your price range, a beautiful (yet much cheaper) South Pacific destination to consider is Samoa. Experience some of the region’s most beautiful beaches with luxury resorts available at less than $200 a night, which is a steal compared to nearby islands. If you have airline points that you have been saving up for the right time, cashing them in for a trip to Samoa can be the way to go. With free or discounted airfare, plus cheap accommodations, Samoa can be an amazing way to enjoy summer’s final days.


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How to save money at Disney World

Summertime is the perfect time for family vacations, and what makes a better family vacation than Disney World? It is the happiest place on Earth, after all, and offers something for everyone. But did you know that the average family of four will spend roughly $3,000-$4,000 dollars on a four-day vacation? This can be overwhelming for a family on a tight budget, but don’t put off your travel plans just yet. If you and your family are hoping for a Disney World vacation this summer, the following are some ways you can save:

Stay offsite

Visiting the theme parks at Disney World doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stay at Disney World’s onsite properties. While they are the closest accommodations to the parks, you’ll pay more than comparable hotels in the area. If you’re really looking to cut costs, explore the idea of staying offsite. You can still be very close to the parks, and potentially save hundreds of dollars on your vacation.

Skip the rental car

If you’re driving to Disney or renting a car once you arrive, you’ll need to pay for daily parking at the park. Instead, take advantage of the complimentary Disney shuttles that are not just provided by onsite Disney properties, but also offered by many of the nearby hotels.

Explore different ticketing options

You’ve got a lot of different ticketing options if you’ll be visiting the parks for a few days, so be sure to carefully consider what’s available, especially if you have plans to go to more than one park in the same day. Buying single-day passes will cost a lot more than purchasing multi-park passes that can be spread out over a few days. On the other hand, you also want to be sure you don’t purchase more than you really need. For example, if you don’t think you’ll be visiting more than one park in the same day, you may want to skip the park hopper options—even if they don’t cost that much more. The cost will still add up and go to waste if you won’t be taking full advantage of the options you’re getting. You may also be able to save money on your tickets by purchasing them in advance, or taking advantage of a membership discount—for instance, if you’re a member of AAA. Florida residents also receive discounts on tickets, so be sure to find out what types of discounts you might be eligible for before making any purchases.

Cut down on food costs

The price for food at the parks can add up quickly, so plan ahead by eating breakfast before you go. If your room has a small kitchen, consider preparing your own meals before you head out the day, which will help you save the most. You can also pack some food and snacks with you to take into the parks.


The cost of airfare can easily add hundreds to your vacation expenses, no matter where you’re going. If you’ll need to fly and you still haven’t booked your airfare yet, there are some ways you can possibly cut down on these costs. First, be flexible with your travel dates, if possible. Weekend flights tend to be the costliest, with mid-week flights often being the cheapest. For example, check for flights that depart Wednesday and come back the following Tuesday, rather than depart on a Friday and return on a Sunday. You’ll also usually find the best airfare about eight weeks before your travel date, but sometimes you can luck out with last-minute deals and by planning far in advance. Finally, you’ll also want to make your actual travel bookings on the right days; similarly to airfare being cheaper during the week, this is also when you’ll want to book your ticket. Avoid booking your ticket on a Friday or during the weekend—this is when prices tend to skyrocket. Pun intended.

Don’t go during summer

It seems like the perfect time for a family trip—but the problem is, everyone else feels the same way. As such, you’ll pay more for accommodations, and possibly for airfare as well. Instead, consider a trip to Disney during the off-season. Not only will it help you save money, but you’ll beat the heat and the crowds, which means shorter lines and more time for fun.



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Free indoor summer fun when the weather isn’t cooperating

Summertime and outdoor fun just go hand-in-hand. From barbeques to beach days, to picnics and scenic hikes, nothing beats enjoying the amazing weather by spending the day outside. But what happens when your plans are ruined due to unfavorable weather? Whether it’s a scorching heat wave that makes it impossible to enjoy anything outside, to those inevitable summer storms that can quickly shut down any outdoor plans, the following are some free, fun ways to still enjoy your summer inside:


Forget the tablet games and video games—break out some of the older board games that have begun collecting dust. They can be a great way to bring the whole family together, and can be a fun, cheap way to pass the time when the weather is bad. If you want something a little more challenging, or you know you’ve got a lot of bad weather ahead of you, try putting together a puzzle that you’ve never gotten around to. Depending on its size and difficulty, this could also be something that the entire family can work on as a team.



Nothing beats relaxing and watching a great movie at home, whether it’s something new on television or an old favorite. If the bad weather is persistent, make a day out of it and have a movie marathon. If you have a camera (even one on your phone can do the job), you can even try making your own short film. Be creative and write a fun script that can easily be filmed indoors; there’s also free video editing software that can you can use to finalize your production.


Get crafty

Making a movie not really your thing, but still have a creative side? Take a break from technology and spend the day doing something crafty. You’d be surprised at the cool stuff you can make with things that you already have lying around the house, and this is also a fun project that the kids would enjoy. And if there’s a task you’ve been putting off, you could possibly use the opportunity to take care of it, while having fun. For example, if you’ve got tons of photos lying around or filling up empty shoeboxes, spend the day sorting through them and then making a fun photo album for your favorites. All you need is some paper (perhaps some construction paper if you want something that pops), ribbon, and glue.


Cook a fun meal

Maybe it’s a savory dish you’ve always wanted to recreate, or you’ve got a sweet tooth and there’s a complex (but tasty) dessert you want to bake. Cooking can take hours when it’s elaborate, but if you’ve got the day and you’re stuck indoors, why not give it a try? Using ingredients that you already have at home, try putting together something that’s delicious and also fun to make.


Get out of the house

Unless the weather is dangerous to drive in, you can still have a fun day out of the house and without spending any money—regardless of what the weather is like. For instance, a lot of museums will set aside specific days of the week when admission is free, especially during the summer. Check your local newspaper or go online to find out about all the fun, free stuff that’s happening in your town throughout the summer, and put the interesting stuff on your calendar. You’ll also probably find some great outdoor activities, such as free festivals and concerts, that you may want to partake in when the weather is nice.


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Fourth of July 2016: Best free events nationwide

Are you looking for something fun to do in your town this 4th of July, or are you considering venturing to a nearby city to celebrate? With all of the different events going on for Independence Day, picking one can be overwhelming. If you’re trying to save money, you can still go out without spending a dime. The following are some awesome (and totally free!) 4th of July events happening around the country:

What: Macy’s 4TH of July Fireworks

When: July 4, 2016

Where: New York, New York

What makes it great: Just when you thought New York City couldn’t light up anymore, this firework extravaganza—presented by Macy’s—is sure to dazzle and awe. Join in the festivities for the event’s 40th year, even if you can’t make it to the Big Apple—the display will be broadcasted live on NBC.

Find out more: Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks


What: 113th Annual Cowboys’ Roundup Days

When: July 1, 2016 – July 4, 2016

Where: Steamboat Springs and various locations, Colorado

What makes it great: The 113th Annual Cowboys’ Roundup Days is a true western extravaganza that will have you shouting “yeehaw!” Celebrate the 4th of July like you never have before by partaking in the event’s parade, rodeo, and rowdy block party. It all ends with a bang in Howelsen Hill with an impressive fireworks display.

Find out more: 113th Annual Cowboys’ Roundup Days


What: A Sarasota Fourth of July

When: July 1, 2016 – July 4, 2016

Where: Sarasota, Florida

What makes it great: Celebrate this Independence Day on Florida’s beautiful West Coast, and check out one of the many great (and totally free) events happening throughout the city of Sarasota. There’s so much going on, you won’t know where to begin! Check out the Annual Freedom Fest Parade in Longboat Key, or the 3rd Annual Myakka Kayaka 4th of July Jam Blast, which will feature live music and a kayak race. And of course, don’t forget the Fireworks Spectacular over Sarasota Bay, beginning at 9pm on the Fourth of July.

Find out more: A Sarasota Fourth of July


What: 13th Annual 4th of July Family Picnic

When: July 4th, 2016 11am – 4pm

Where: Seattle, Washington

What makes it great: Gather the entire family (even your well-behaved and leashed pets) and head to Cal Anderson Park this July 4th for a fun-filled family picnic day. From pie-eating contests to complimentary root beer tastings, there’s something for everyone at this event. There will even be free food!

Find out more: 13th Annual 4th of July Family Picnic


What: Fort Worth’s Fourth

When: July 4th, 2016, 2pm – 10pm

Where: Fort Worth, Texas

What makes it great: Boasting the largest firework display in northern Texas, this is one Independence Day celebration that can’t be missed. Enjoy flyboard and jet-ski shows, live music performed by Gary P. Nunn, and other festivities throughout the day and into the evening. Admission to this awesome festival is free, with VIP passes available for purchase.

Find out more: Fort Worth’s Fourth

Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta

When: July 4th, 2016, Noon

Where: Gatlinburg, Tennessee

What makes it great: Free 4th of July fun is great and all, but the opportunity to win something, too? Even better. Taking place on Little Pigeon River, this friendly competition allows participants to enter with anything that will float, so get creative.

Find out more: Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta


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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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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8 ways to have summer fun on a budget

Looking for some great summertime fun that won’t cost a fortune? Here are some terrific ideas for both singles and families with children looking to enjoy the summer without breaking the bank.

People in art gallery

Check out free events

Local museums, parks, and libraries usually offer a wide range of fun low-cost activities during the summer, including concerts, readings, exhibits, and street fairs.

Swimming pool

Spend a day at the public pool

Most cities and townships have a number of public swimming pools where locals can spend a day having fun in the sun at a very low cost.

field of spring grass and forest

Visit a National Park

The National Park Service offers both year-round membership passes and one-day passes that will enable you to visit some of our greatest national treasures.

Blue sea and white sand beach with beach chairs and parasol at Samed island, Thailand - holiday and vocation concepts

A day at the beach…

… Is anything better? Whether you live by the coast or in the middle of America’s heartland, spending a day by a lake or ocean is one of the greatest ways to relax and enjoy the summer season.

Group Of Friends Having Outdoor Barbeque At Home

Fire up the backyard barbecue

What’s more American than grilling hamburgers and hot dogs outside and lazing under the summer sun? To lower the cost, make it a potluck and have friends and family each contribute a dish.

three friends watching a movie

Host an outdoor movie night

With downloadable movies just a click away, all you need are some speakers and a projector and you can enjoy summertime under the stars while playing some of your favorite films.

Scavenger hunt map

Make your own scavenger hunt

Create your own scavenger hunt for friends and family, using public transportation to explore both famous local spots and those lesser-known spots around your city.

Young Couple Driving Along Country Road In Open Top Car

Vacation less than 100 miles from your home

Aching for a summer vacation that won’t cost an arm and a leg? Find a cool hotel, condominium, or lakeside cabin that’s within driving distance; you’ll save on airfare and still feel like you’ve gotten away!

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End-of-spring bargains: You won’t believe how much you can save!

The end-of-spring season brings its own combination of goods and services that savvy shoppers can find at reduced prices. Here are just a few:

Dome tent

Camping equipment

Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes the kickoff of camping season at parks around the country. To entice campout enthusiasts, many major camping and outdoor equipment stores will offer a wide range of discounts and bargains.



Many mattress stores begin offering discounts on their merchandise as spring turns to summer, trying to take advantage of those interested in spring cleaning and general home-improvement. Some mattress retailers are reputed to offer discounts of as much as 70% off regular mattress prices.

Silver ring and chain on the background of women's watches


Once Mother’s Day is over, jewelry stores around the country will try to get rid of their extra inventory; take advantage of their sales, which will come out within a week after the holiday is over.

Exterior of a house


While there are many sides to the debate about the best time to buy a home, there is no question that the end of spring brings with it an increase in the number of houses brought to market, making late spring a great time to begin your home search.

Man Shopping for a Television

TV sets

Next to the weeks immediately leading up to – and following – the Super Bowl, the end of spring is a time many electronic stores try to get rid of their inventory to make room for the newer models that will soon appear on their showroom floors.

Close up of the head of a modern vacuum cleaner being used while vacuuming a thick pile white carpet

Vacuum cleaners

Serious spring cleaners know that next year’s vacuum-cleaner models are brought to market in June, making the end of spring a great time to find older models at reduced prices.

elegant furniture and design in modern patio

Outdoor furniture

Just like with camping equipment, many outdoor furniture stores begin offering reduced rates on their patio furniture to kick off the summer season. The only better time to buy is the end of summer.

Landscape of paradise tropical island beach with perfect sunny sky

Vacations to warm weather spots like the Caribbean

Last but certainly not least, consider purchasing vacations to warm weather spots like the Caribbean. The weeks surrounding the end of spring are a definite low tourist season at these spots, and opportunities for great discounts on airfare, hotels, and cruises abound.

We hope this list of discounted end-of-spring items gets you thinking about all the ways you can stretch your hard-earned dollars the furthest in the weeks ahead. And always remember that J.G. Wentworth, the nationwide leader in purchasing future structured settlement and annuity payments for cash, is available anytime to discuss the specifics of your structured settlement payment sale. Call us today at 877-227-4713.