Host a Complete Backyard BBQ on a Tight Budget

Now that summer is here, who doesn’t like the sound of having some friends over, grilling something up and enjoying a drink or two on the back deck? 

The season is short, and while you may be tempted to scoop up the best rib-eye steaks you can find and stock your fridge with some pricy brews, the quintessential summer cookout can be done right, on a budget with a little planning. 

We've set ourselves an imaginary goal of hosting a BBQ for six guests for under $60 - why? Because its fun to set arbitrary goals!  Let’s fire up the grill and give it a shot.


Tiny Budget & Big Fun: Summer Vacation in Your Own Town

by Ed

Summer Vacation is awesome. It can mean road trips, cottage rentals, amusement parks and beaches.

All of these can be fun but they're time-consuming and their financial costs quickly add up. Plus, the average family can't spend every week of the summer doing 'a big trip'.

We decided to distill some ideas that can fit into any week, any budget and -best of all- you can discover (or rediscover) many of these things in your own backyard.


Keep Cool For Way Less Cash - 8 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Air Conditioning Bills

Summer is in full swing around here and while it hasn't even been as stiflingly hot as last year, there are still days where firing up the air conditioner seems like the only way to cope. 

But so far, we've (mostly) resisted. 

We have some strategies for keeping cool that don't mean huge electricity bills. Here are eight simple ways to help you minimize your monthly bills without compromising your comfort.

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Host a Complete Backyard BBQ on a Tight Budget