Welcome!

News Feed Item

MyRatePlan's Guide to Saving This Summer

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 06/24/14 -- It's the time of year when it heats up and the kids are out of school wondering what to do with themselves all day. It can be difficult resist the temptation to use credit cards to finance costly vacations or to purchase expensive electronics to keep the kids happy and occupied. But it doesn't have to be that way. Fortunately, there are many things to do to enjoy family fun and still save money this summer. MyRatePlan, a leading expert on finance, announced the best ways to save this summer:

The Staycation

For those who have a week or two off this summer, why not take the opportunity to visit your area's local attractions? Saving money doesn't have to equal boredom. Taking a variety of day trips can be an inexpensive alternative to spending large amounts of money on travel and hotels. A little internet research and even the Yellow Pages can give you all kinds of ideas of things to do without having to go very far.

Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day at the lake with friends. With a blanket and a cooler of cold beverages, people can enjoy the local fireworks displays or free concerts in the park. Check out the days and hours of operation of your municipal swimming pool. Although the kids are on summer break, parents can always sneak in educational opportunities by visiting local museums and historic sites. Get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather by taking a bike ride, getting up a backyard game of softball or Frisbee, hitting some tennis balls at the local courts or taking a nature walk. Don't forget to take advantage of the programs offered by public libraries.

Volunteering

Summer is a great time to show the kids how good it can feel to make your hometown a better place to live or to help those less fortunate than themselves. Contact a local civic organization (or county/city government) to learn about volunteer opportunities. Make a family project of collecting cans and bottles for charity, keep the community green by picking up trash, or volunteer at a local animal shelter or food bank. Volunteering is an inexpensive way of bringing families together.

Backyard Barbecues

Ah, the joys of sweet, juicy watermelon and corn on the cob dripping with melted butter. Check out the produce deals at the local farmer's market and make a picnic at a fraction of the cost of restaurant outings. Skewer up summer's bounty of red, green and yellow peppers with mushrooms and onions for healthy and fun kebabs. Everyone loves hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, but change it up and keep things interesting by grilling fresh salmon steaks, chicken breasts and even baked potatoes wrapped in foil. Baked beans and potato salad, anyone? Pass the ketchup and mustard, please!

Cut Cooling Costs

Home electric bills can reach truly frightening numbers for those who live in an area where the heat and humidity call for running the air conditioning most of the day. Here are a few suggestions to consider for cutting cooling costs this summer:

  • Window units - If you have a few small window air conditioning units in strategic areas of your home, you may be able to keep the central air turned off most of the time. Why pay to cool the entire house or apartment when your family has congregated in only one or two rooms?

  • Fans - Never underestimate the power of a good old-fashioned stand-up or ceiling fan. You can run a fan or two at a tiny fraction of the cost of air conditioning.

  • Sprinklers and garden hoses - Remember how we used to run through sprinklers in the yard and soak each other with the garden hose when we were kids? If you're watering the lawn or washing the car, encourage the kids to take the opportunity to cool off by getting wet and splashy!

About MyRatePlan:

MyRatePlan.com is a leading comparison site that allows users to compare credit cards, mobile phones, cell phone plans, and more. MyRatePlan was founded in 1999 to help users find the best recommendations for them based on innovative and proprietary tools and customer input.

Contact:

Logan Abbott
(858) 454-5900 Ext. 10804
[email protected]

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Dasher Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Dasher Technologies, Inc. ® is a premier IT solution provider that delivers expert technical resources along with trusted account executives to architect and deliver complete IT solutions and services to help our clients execute their goals, plans and objectives. Since 1999, we'v...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MIRAI Inc. will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MIRAI Inc. are IT consultants from the public sector whose mission is to solve social issues by technology and innovation and to create a meaningful future for people.
Data scientists must access high-performance computing resources across a wide-area network. To achieve cloud-based HPC visualization, researchers must transfer datasets and visualization results efficiently. HPC clusters now compute GPU-accelerated visualization in the cloud cluster. To efficiently display results remotely, a high-performance, low-latency protocol transfers the display from the cluster to a remote desktop. Further, tools to easily mount remote datasets and efficiently transfer...
Companies are harnessing data in ways we once associated with science fiction. Analysts have access to a plethora of visualization and reporting tools, but considering the vast amount of data businesses collect and limitations of CPUs, end users are forced to design their structures and systems with limitations. Until now. As the cloud toolkit to analyze data has evolved, GPUs have stepped in to massively parallel SQL, visualization and machine learning.
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Raju Shreewastava, founder of Big Data Trunk, will provide a fun and simple way to introduce Machine Leaning to anyone and everyone. Together we will solve a machine learning problem and find an easy way to be able to do machine learning without even coding. Raju Shreewastava is the founder of Big Data Trunk (www.BigDataTrunk.com), a Big Data Training and consulting firm with offices in the United States. He previously led the data warehouse/business intellige...
SYS-CON Events announced today that TidalScale, a leading provider of systems and services, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. TidalScale has been involved in shaping the computing landscape. They've designed, developed and deployed some of the most important and successful systems and services in the history of the computing industry - internet, Ethernet, operating s...
SYS-CON Events announced today that TidalScale will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. TidalScale is the leading provider of Software-Defined Servers that bring flexibility to modern data centers by right-sizing servers on the fly to fit any data set or workload. TidalScale’s award-winning inverse hypervisor technology combines multiple commodity servers (including their ass...
Recently, REAN Cloud built a digital concierge for a North Carolina hospital that had observed that most patient call button questions were repetitive. In addition, the paper-based process used to measure patient health metrics was laborious, not in real-time and sometimes error-prone. In their session at 21st Cloud Expo, Sean Finnerty, Executive Director, Practice Lead, Health Care & Life Science at REAN Cloud, and Dr. S.P.T. Krishnan, Principal Architect at REAN Cloud, will discuss how they b...
Gemini is Yahoo’s native and search advertising platform. To ensure the quality of a complex distributed system that spans multiple products and components and across various desktop websites and mobile app and web experiences – both Yahoo owned and operated and third-party syndication (supply), with complex interaction with more than a billion users and numerous advertisers globally (demand) – it becomes imperative to automate a set of end-to-end tests 24x7 to detect bugs and regression. In th...
Amazon is pursuing new markets and disrupting industries at an incredible pace. Almost every industry seems to be in its crosshairs. Companies and industries that once thought they were safe are now worried about being “Amazoned.”. The new watch word should be “Be afraid. Be very afraid.” In his session 21st Cloud Expo, Chris Kocher, a co-founder of Grey Heron, will address questions such as: What new areas is Amazon disrupting? How are they doing this? Where are they likely to go? What are th...
We all know that end users experience the Internet primarily with mobile devices. From an app development perspective, we know that successfully responding to the needs of mobile customers depends on rapid DevOps – failing fast, in short, until the right solution evolves in your customers' relationship to your business. Whether you’re decomposing an SOA monolith, or developing a new application cloud natively, it’s not a question of using microservices – not doing so will be a path to eventual b...
SYS-CON Events announced today that IBM has been named “Diamond Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st Cloud Expo, which will take place on October 31 through November 2nd 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.
Infoblox delivers Actionable Network Intelligence to enterprise, government, and service provider customers around the world. They are the industry leader in DNS, DHCP, and IP address management, the category known as DDI. We empower thousands of organizations to control and secure their networks from the core-enabling them to increase efficiency and visibility, improve customer service, and meet compliance requirements.
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Michael Burley, a Senior Business Development Executive in IT Services at NetApp, will describe how NetApp designed a three-year program of work to migrate 25PB of a major telco's enterprise data to a new STaaS platform, and then secured a long-term contract to manage and operate the platform. This significant program blended the best of NetApp’s solutions and services capabilities to enable this telco’s successful adoption of private cloud storage and launchi...
In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Dumas, Calligo’s Vice President and G.M. of US operations, will go over the new Global Data Protection Regulation and how Calligo can help business stay compliant in digitally globalized world. Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, applicatio...