Hot weather may bring friends and festivities together, but learn how to keep yourself from blowing budgets with the Smart Summer Spending infographic. Coupon and deals-based company Valpak conducted a survey of its consumers to see where they were spending and saving this season.
To save costs when entertaining large groups, it is best to buy bulk and have guests bring side dishes to share. With recession-driven worries still looming around the corner, more families are opting for low-key gatherings rather than big pool bashes. Coupons are also a major way for families to save costs, but are often forgotten about especially while on vacation.
Rising gas costs have also affected the way people shop and spend their time out in the hot weather. Instead of jet-setting to exotic locations, families are looking for local events and attractions or simply staying at home with good food and friends.