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Summertime fun without breaking your budget

Alysha Klein
By Alysha Klein - December 14, 2019

Summertime fun on a budget

Living in South Florida comes with a ton of perks, like beautiful weather, free beaches and flowers in bloom all year long. We’ve very fortunate to live in a place with so much beauty and tons to do.

 We’ve found some great ways to dine, explore and enjoy some summertime fun without breaking your piggy bank.

 Eat Cheap!

Dinning out is easily a fan favorite but it’s also a debt driver. While it’s nice to dine out and enjoy different restaurants the bill can certainly add up quickly making dinning out a costly venture. But there are ways to enjoy dinning out without having to pay the high cost.

 *Happy Hours: Happy hours are not just for drinking, in fact, many restaurants offer ½ off menu items during happy hour. This is a great way to try new foods, enjoy your classic favorites and keep the bill at a low cost. Plus many happy hours have live music and it’s a great atmosphere to hang out with friends and catch up.

 *Reward Programs: Reward programs are another great way to dine out this summer and not over extend your budget. Restaurants like Bar Louie’s, Ale house and even Bonefish Grill have great weeknight specials that will fill you up and sometimes give you lunch for the next day too. Look to your favorite restaurants to sign up for their rewards programs and see what their week night specials offer.

 *Social media: Social media has become a discount lover’s world. Many restaurants will advertise specials through social media to help draw in customers. Look to social media to see what specials your favorite restaurants are offering. Outback is a great example of this, they have many features including a 4 course meal promotion starting at $14.99

 *Discount Sites: There are also many websites you can turn to for discounts on dinning. Groupon  and Living Social usually have great deals and so does Sunny.org. Though discounted sites you can often find buy one get one free dinners and even pay $15 for $45 worth of food.

 Discounted fun out on the town!

 When it comes to going out and about this summer, turn to the many free resources that are available to you this summer. While it might be hot, the beach is a great place to hang out and spend quality time with friends. Set up some umbrellas, bring a grill and just enjoy the company and the beautiful sunshine.

 Another great place to check out this summer are one of the beautiful South Florida parks that we have. Many of the parks are free or fairly cheap to enter and provide a ton of shade and beautiful sights.  

 If you’re not enjoying this summer heat, head to an afternoon movie. And afternoon movie could save you several bucks and get you out of the heat. It’s a win-win. With so many great movies playing this summer you can escape the heat and rain and save a couple of bucks too.

 Create your own fun!

 Everyone loves a funny story, an embarrassing memory and even a crazy time so why not create it yourself! Have a pool party at a friend’s house, or host a pot luck night or even plan a themed dinner! The point is to have all of your friends contribute so you can have fun without the high price falling solely on your shoulders. So how about planning an Indian night and have everyone cook at your house or just come with a dish to share? Who doesn’t like trying new foods? Pot lucks are always fun too, because you can hang out relax and eat. And who doesn’t love a day of fun in the pool? Play some pool volleyball, some Marco Polo and blast some music!

 There are fun things happening all around us, we do live in Florida! Have fun this summer and we encourage you to share your stories of fun things you and your family like to do that don’t make you go broke!

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