Are you over summer already? With temperatures rising to over 100 degrees in some cities across the country, some would rather have it snow than go out in the crippling heat. It's not just being hot that's annoying, it's also the sticky, sweaty feeling and the humidity that just drives some people crazy. Fortunately, you don't have to have central AC installed in your home to feel comfortable. With these tips, you'll surely feel refreshed and ready without having to shell out exorbitant amounts of money for a cooler temperature.
Water. H20 might just be the one thing you need to battle the sun during those hot and humid days. Opt for a cold glass of clean and crisp water as opposed to beer - which will actually only dehydrate you - or sticky soda when you're out in the beach or doing outdoor chores.
If the thirst quencher isn't doing enough for you, jump in it! Go to your local watering hole, whether the beach, lake, river or pool, and you'll surely feel refreshed in no time. Make it into a fun outing by inviting friends for a day of relaxation. Don't have the luxury of a giant body of water next to where you live? Fill up the bath or take a relaxing cold shower to cool yourself down in no time.
Frozen or cold treats. Ice cream, popsicles, smoothies - you name it. Plenty of these perfect summer treats are not only inexpensive but are also bound to cool you down when the temperature's just too much to handle. To save some extra cash, make these yummy treats yourself.
For quick and cheap popsicles, Purchase a mold - or you can even just use an ice tray for popsicle poppers! - and choose a juice of your liking. Kool-Aid is perfect for this: Just mix up the powdered juice with water, pour into the mold and freeze!
Smoothies might be a little more work, but creating a one-of-a-kind concoction is as satisfying as the cooling effect of these drinks. Look for your favorite fruits like bananas, strawberries and other berries, mix them up with ice and fruit juice - or ice cream for those who prefer an extra smooth and extra yummy smoothie! - and enjoy your creation under the sun.
Another quick solution to your cooling needs is by placing your favorite fruits in the freezer. Grapes are the perfect frozen poppers that are not only delicious but also nutritious. If you're planning for a patio or garden party with friends, soaking watermelon with your favorite libation is a fun and refreshing way to enjoy the soiree.
Stay Indoors. Well, if it's too hot outside, then it might be a good idea to stay indoors! If your work offers a cool sanctuary, why not bring lunch with you so you can enjoy the cooling sensation of the building's AC? Not only is it free, you'll also most likely shave a few minutes off of your break so you can get some extra work done!
On the weekends, head over to the mall for a day of window shopping and strolling around in a cool building. With a variety of sights and sounds, you're bound to stay occupied without having to spend a dime.
Dress Appropriately. Do you really need to wear that sweater vest or that black blazer to work? It's summer so that means that most employers are a little more forgiving when it comes to dress codes. Opt for light fabrics like cotton, and stay away from dark colors that absorb the heat. For guys, khaki pants and short-sleeved polo shirt are perfect for a business-casual setting. For girls, a light skirt and a white top might just be the way to go.
On your days off, nothings' as comfortable as a pair of shorts and a cotton t-shirt to fight off the heat. You can also opt for breathable shows or even flip-flops for your feet.
Cheap alternatives to centralized AC. If you don't have thousands of dollars to spend on a system to cool your whole house, there are still plenty of other cheap alternative that you can use. A window mount air conditioner, for instance, can cost as little as $100. To circulate cool air, you can also purchase a fan that will cost you around $20. Just don't forget your Target Promotion Code for additional savings.
Remember that keeping yourself cool this summer doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, it can even be fun!
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