summer

Save Money with Seasonal Produce

Make sure to fill your cart with seasonal produce on your next trip to the grocery store. Not only will seasonal produce reduce your food budget, it will also taste the absolute best! June, July, and August are bursting at the seams with ripe fruits and vegetables waiting to be used up before the local growing season ends. Here is a list of the produce you want to get your hands on during the summer for some good cheap eats.

Fruits: Apricots, Asian Pears, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Sweet or Sour Cherry varieties, Key Limes, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums, Raspberries, Strawberries, Sugar Apples, and Watermelon.

Vegetables: Anaheim Chile, Butter Lettuce, Bell Peppers, Eggplant, Summer Squash, Radishes, Sugar Snap Peas, and Zucchini.

Recipes for Summer Produce:

http://skinnyms.com/14-recipes-to-get-the-most-out-of-summer-produce/

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/seasonal/easy-summer-produce-recipes-10000001811604/index.html

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/photos/the-best-of-summer-produce.html

 

Summer Fun on the Cheap!

By: Vincent Mortensen

Spring Semester is finally over which means the summer fun can officially start! If you’re a starving college kid like me, every penny counts when it comes to entertainment during the break. Here are five different ways you can save money while having a great time!

1. Use the Utah Wilderness Wisely – We Utahn’s have been blessed with some of the best outdoor activities due to our beautiful mountains, crystal clear lakes, and stunning deserts (if you want to travel south). Take the opportunity to go hiking or biking with your friends. I am a firm believer in creating memories with friends, regardless of how much the activity will cost.

2. Free entertainment in the Salt Lake City Area – Salt Lake City holds a bunch of different free or inexpensive activities during the summer months including farmer’s markets, the Twilight Concert Series (http://www.twilightconcertseries.com/), and more. If you take the time to do a little research, you’ll be surprised what events you can find that are little or no cost to you.

3. Go on a “Staycation” – Skip Disneyland this summer. Instead, explore what Utah or surrounding states has to offer. Take an overnight trip to Park City, drive north to Crystal Hot Springs, or take that hiking trip with friends mentioned above. Not only will you have a great time, you’ll save a lot of money in the process.

4. Summer Sports Leagues – Summertime is the best time to play your favorite sport with your friends or some new people. For example, Beehive Sport and Social Club offers a wide variety of summer sports including sand volleyball, flag football, kickball and dodge ball for as low as $50 a player. Considering how many games you play, this is a great deal. For more information, visit http://www.beehivesports.com/.

5. Hold a Block Party – Block Parties have gone the way of the Dodo Bird. No-one does them anymore. No-one except you! Invite your neighbors on your street, in your apartment complex, or wherever to a potluck, games, and other forms of entertainment. If everyone brings a dish and one game idea, you will connect and even meet some of your neighbors in a friendly atmosphere.

When I was younger, I lived near a cul-de-sac that had a party annually. To this day, it is one of my fondest memories. I played basketball, hanged with neighbor kids I rarely saw, and ate some great food in the process (there was an elderly women that always made the best cake!)

Throw a Block Party and meet your neighbors!

Throw a Block Party and meet your neighbors!

Many people believe summertime activities have to be pricey to be fun. Of course that’s not the case. If none of the above ideas interest you, do some research and find free or inexpensive activities that you love!