The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and celebrating the birth of our nation can become a costly three-day weekend. But there are ways to minimize costs and expenditures to ensure that everyone has a great time without incurring serious credit card debt.
BBQ on the cheap. You can put together a cheap and tasty barbecue using less expensive foods and resources that are already on hand. Use our tips on how to host a BBQ on a budget. This is also a great opportunity to shop store-brand groceries, which are much cheaper than name brand and often just as good, if not better.
Need some good and affordable recipes? Check out some of our BBQ-appropriate favorites from the Eat Your Way to Debt Relief series.
Save on gas. Fourth of July weekend often means driving from place to place, visiting family and friends. Combat rising gas prices with our tips on saving on gas. Use the internet to research best gas prices, and utilize driving methods that are more gas efficient.
Home improvement savings. If you’re using the weekend to do home improvements, like painting or cleaning, check out this Tuesday Tip that provides tips on scoring free paint and household cleaners. Your local Household Hazardous Waste facility likely offers a large selection of entirely free products that are still usable and often unopened. It’s better for the environment and for your budget.
Entertain on a budget. Family activities can get very expensive, and typical tourist areas like the beach can be congested and busy during this long weekend. Plan some low-cost activities with the family, including ice cream sundae bars and other bonding time.
Stay cool. Summer is always hot, and the Fourth of July is no exception. But air conditioning can be quite expensive, so we’ve come up with a few tips to help you combat the heat and lower your utility bills. Try turning off the lights in the day, and avoid using the oven, for example.