Affordable Ways to Kick off Summer

Posted on 05/25/2010

It’s the magical season of beach trips, lightning bugs and watermelon. Schools out, the air conditioning is on and life is good. Celebrate the start of summer by doing something fun. And thankfully, kicking off summer can also be done affordably!

Buy a New Bikini - Your swimsuit gets more use this time of year than any other, so why not treat yourself to a new one? Check out J. Crew’s swimwear lines where select pieces are marked down. You’ll also find lots of marked down mix-and-match pieces at

Take a Spontaneous Trip - Summer always seems to have fewer responsibilities. Since obligations are reduced, why not take a spontaneous trip? Search discounted deals at, where complete vacations start at just $199. But you have to be ready to pack your bags quickly.

Make a Summer Reading List - Resolve to make this the summer of good books. Create your summer reading list and head to your local library to start checking out books. Need some inspiration? Check out Oprah’s 2009 Summer Reading List, or these suggestions from

Unplug Everything - Celebrate summer’s launch by enjoying the simple life. Turn off your cell phone, unplug the TV and power down the computer. Since there’s a good chance you may be completely addicted to the internet, can get a little help from For $10, the easy-to-use application will lock you away from the web for up to eight hours at a time. Don’t worry, it works for Windows computers too.

Run Through the Sprinkler - It may sound childish, but nothing says summer like cooling off with a jaunt through the sprinkler. The kid in you will love unleashing summer’s excitement. The productive adult in you will appreciate that you’re watering the lawn at the same time.

Throw a Block Party - Kick off summer by inviting your neighbors and friends over for a backyard block party. Fire up the grill, or just serve ice cream—lots and lots of it.

By Alison Storm coupon - Take a break from the stove to celebrate the start of summer, & save 80% on gift cards with coupon code FLAG. Expires 05/31/2010.

Skechers coupon code - Summer means sandals, so save $10 on orders over $50 with coupon code SPRBONW through 07/01/2010. Our friends over at have tons of other great summer-ready sales & steals, too, so check 'em out!

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