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Summertime fun can take a bite out of the budget. With vacations, get-togethers and family outings packed into 12 weeks of sun-drenched bliss costs can add up quickly. Check out these 4 tips to help you save cash for upcoming autumn adventures:

Summertime- Passage to the beach at sunrise on Key West.

#1 Do Your Homework

Going on vacation? Whether you’re headed to the endless skies of Montana, a breezy Florida key or a sunny Tuscan piazza it pays to do a little research before arriving at your summertime vacation destination. To get started, download or request visitors’ guides for planning activities, dining and lodging that fit within your budget. Along with being helpful resources, many times you’ll receive special offers, maps, coupons and discounts.

Also check out travel blogs to learn more about amazing stops off the beaten path, packing lightly and tips for navigating international airports.

Summertime- Mom and kids looking at a map while sightseeing in Tuscany.

#2 Tee Up Summertime Savings

Enjoy playing golf in the summer sun? Stay within your budget when you sign up to receive emails from public golf courses. Many courses offer last-minute deals, dining specials and incentives, such as a free cart, bucket of balls, etc. to gain your golf dollars for a fraction of what you would normally pay.

Summertime- Four golfers walking on a golf course. Rear view.

#3 Lifelong Learning

Go easy on your wallet by visiting nearby museums, like the Museum of Science, during summertime Free Admission days.

Are you already a member of a museum, science center or zoo? Many facilities have reciprocal agreements with each other through organizations like the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC). Simply use your membership to get into hundreds of venues worldwide for free. It’s that easy!

Summertime- Young girl looking at aquatic life at an aquarium.

#4 Sizzling Summertime Savings

Enjoy tasty dishes and save money by grilling vegetables, kabobs, cheaper cuts of meat and staples like burgers, brats and hot dogs during the summer months. You can save even more when you enroll in your favorite grocery stores’ rewards program to receive notices of one-day sales, discounts and special summertime offerings.

Summertime - Grilled sausage and vegetables on a flaming kettle-style grill.

Additional Summertime Savings

Get cash back when you use the DuPage Credit Union Visa® Inspire Cash Back Signature Credit Card for all of your summertime excursions.

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