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4 Free Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

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Summer. Even though it consists of bbq’s, a break from school, vacations, warm summer nights…it also brings with it hot and humid days. To keep you from having a total meltdown, here are a four free ways to beat the summer heat.

1. Cool Off In the Water
Instead of heading to your local swimming pool, save the money on the pool pass and head to the nearest {free!} natural river, creek, or lake. Not only can you enjoy a picnic while admiring the nature around you, but you can cool off as well. And if you have a couple tubes, grab some friends and plan to spend a day tubing down a river. Some State Parks don’t charge a fee for picnicking or swimming in their lake or river.

2. Cool Off While Reading
Most local libraries offer a kids’ reading program with little prizes as incentives for reading so many books or books of a certain genre. Spend some time inside enjoying the air conditioning as you read your way through an adventure… maybe winning some prizes along the way!

3. Cool Off Eating a Snow Cone
Grab some shaved ice, from either your refrigerator that processes the ice cubes, or throw the ice cubes into a blender–and make this recipe (link to http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/snow-cone-syrup-ii/detail.aspx) for some homemade summery coolness. It’s sweet and cool; the perfect combination for a hot summer afternoon.

4. Cool Off With Water Balloons
Nothing really cools you off like being hit unexpectedly with a water balloon. Grab any old balloons – there’s no need to buy the ones that are “specifically made” for water balloons – fill them with water, and start a water balloon fight with some friends…Just not the people walking unknowingly under your water balloon! Maybe combine it with a game of Capture the Flag to make it more interesting.

With the heat and the humidity, you need ways to stay cool and not spend all of your hard-earned money doing it. Hopefully these tips will give a few ways to beat the summer heat for free!

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