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Summer Savings - A boy and girl playing in a sprinkler.

Summer fun can add up quickly- with trips to the water park, tickets to blockbuster movies, family celebrations and running the AC to stay cool. No worries, you can have a blast and save money at the same time. Check out these 6 sizzling tips for hot summer savings:

Summer Savings Tip No. 1 – Splish Splash

Remember when running through the sprinkler was exhilarating? On a hot summer day, turn on the sprinkler and let the kids run wild. You’ll save money, create memories and avoid long lines by going this route over a crowded and often-times expensive water park.

Or if you don’t mind the crowds, check out local splash parks, some of which are free. They’re perfect for younger mermaids and mermen and kinder on your wallet.

Summer Savings Tip No. 2 – Outdoor Entertaining

Enjoy the great outdoors by spending time on your deck or patio with friends and family. You’ll save money grilling burgers, brats, fresh veggies and lots of other tasty treats, like S’mores outdoors by staying out of the kitchen.

If you enjoy a tall glass of iced tea on a hot summer’s day, save money by making batches of Sun Tea on your deck. Summer savings will add up quickly when you leave pre-made teas on store shelves and by giving your stovetop a rest during warmer months.

Summer Savings Tip No. 3 – On Hold for the Summer

Consider putting subscription-based television and health club memberships on hold for the summer months. And get outside – walk, bike, hang out on your deck with a good book or rest in a well-placed hammock – you’ll be happy you did when the leaves start to fall. Plus, you’ll have saved money.

Summer Savings Tip No. 4 – Fresh from the Farm

Pick the freshest berries, corn-on-the-cob and juicy tomatoes by purchasing fruits and vegetables in season at your local Farmers’ Market.

Summer Savings - Three blonde young girls enjoying watermelon while sitting in the grass.

Summer Savings Tip No. 5 – Beat the Heat

While it’s still comfortable outside, check to make sure your air conditioner is in tip-top condition. There’s nothing more inconvenient, expensive and uncomfortable as a 100-degree day with 90-percent humidity and no AC – save money now if you need repairs. While you are checking out your AC, don’t forget to replace air filters. They’re inexpensive and will help your cooling system run more efficiently.

If you use ceiling fans in your home, run them counter-clockwise during the summer months to push air down – cooling you and your home. Another way to keep your home cool in the summer and save money is by giving your dryer a vacation. If your neighborhood allows it, air dry your linens.

Summer Savings - A man replacing an air filter to keep his home cool during the summer months.

Summer Savings Tip No. 6 – Museum Free Days

Many local museums, nature centers and historic sites offer free admission on certain days of the week or to local residents; check their websites for dates and times.

The Kane-DuPage Regional Museum Association’s Passport to Adventure program encourages families to visit as many local sites from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Kids can earn passport stamps for checking out locales like Red Oak Nature Center, Kline Creek Farm and Graue Mill.

You can save even more money this summer when you get cash back for using a DuPage Credit Union Visa® Platinum Rewards Credit Card. Or if you prefer, redeem points for event tickets, travel rewards or gift cards at popular merchants. Take advantage of our lowest interest rate ever on purchases and balance transfers for 12 months when you open a DuPage Credit Union Visa Platinum Rewards or Advantage Credit Card.

Do you have any tips for saving money during the summer months? If so, please share below:

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