January 16, 2015

January 16, 2015
8 Ways to Snag a Summer Bargain

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Friday and we have almost made it through another work week. It has been a very long and hard week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

It is bitterly cold, snowing and rough here in Idaho which makes me miss Florida weather like crazy. I'll be so glad when winter is over and we get back to some more tolerable temperatures.

Longing for summer weather, I want to blog today about summer so I'll describer the best ways to get a summer bargain because when the temperature raises, some prices fall.

1. Visit a National Park

On National Park Service Birthday, Aug. 25, there's no entry fee at the U.S. national parks that usually charge one.

2. Save on Home Goods

Household decor and dishware frequently go on sale in June (aka wedding season). Find deals on furniture in July. August brings back-to-school discounts on home storage bins and office supplies.

3. Scrimp on Gym Fees

Health clubs often lower their rates in warm-weather months. When the heat index makes it unhealthy to exercise outside, you can hit the cool (and blissfully uncrowded) gym.

4. Skip the Sales Tax

Many states have special shopping days in late summer when you can buy clothing and shoes tax-free. To check whether your state participates, visit the Federation of Tax Administrators website and search for "sales tax holidays."

5. Take a Cut-rate Class

Many colleges offer lower tuition for summer courses. Study up on anything from microeconomics to medieval literature.

6. Shrink Your AC Bill

Contact your electric company about its power-cycling program. In exchange for tolerating brief outages during peak usage hours, you'll get a credit on your monthly bill.

7. Catch a Train

Amtrak's latest deals include a buy-one, get-one-free offer on tickets to Ticonderoga, N.Y., and $150 off per couple on trips from Los Angeles to the Grand Canyon.

8. Build a Log Pile

The weather may be hot now, but winter is coming, so stock up on firewood while it's cheap. Better yet, if you have fallen trees in your yard, saw them into logs or hire someone to do it for you.

Hope these tips help you get the most for your money in the summer. Have a beary safe and great Friday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab