6 Ways to Save on Your Next Summer Barbecue

With July 4th right around the corner, we’re officially in “summer barbecue season!” Don’t break the bank by hosting an outdoor party with your friends this year. Follow these great, money-saving tips to have fun and stick to your budget.


  1. Don’t offer too many different meat options. Stick with two choices for your guests instead of spending the money of several different grilled choices.


  1. Make a punch or signature drink and put it in a punch bowl or large drink container. That way you aren’t buying ingredients to make all different types of summer cocktails.


  1. Make enough food but not TOO much food. Ask guests to RSVP so you know how much food to prepare without overspending.


  1. Don’t be afraid to ask guests to bring something. If someone offers to bring an appetizer or dessert let them!


  1. Use a beverage stand and fill it with ice water for your guests. This is a cheaper option than offering bottled water.


  1. Borrow items from your friends. Don’t purchase any extra coolers or chairs for the party when your friends can bring theirs along.


6 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

When warm weather finally arrives we are all eager to spend more time outside. Unfortunately the boost in temps also brings everyone’s least favorite pests…..mosquitoes!  This year, try keeping them away by planting these in your pots, planters and gardens.


  1. Citronella
  2. Catnip
  3. Rosemary
  4. Marigolds
  5. Lavender
  6. Basil


Summer Cleaning and Organizing Checklist

We’re getting closer to the official start of summer and it’s time to start thinking about summer cleaning! Get ahead of the game by printing out this list so you can clean and organize everything in your home soon and spend more time in the sun!

  1. Switch out clothing to your summer clothing
  2. Wash and change your bedding to lighter blankets and comforters
  3. Change your furnace filter
  4. If you have window A/C units, change those filters as well
  5. Organize and clean out your pantry
  6. Wash all outdoor furniture
  7. Rotate or flip your mattress
  8. Locate and clean all summer/beach toys and gear
  9. Wash your bed pillows
  10. Wash & sweep your patio or porch