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  • 4 ways to “treat yo self” this summer without breaking the bank

    Classes end, the heat index rises, and you don’t seem to know what to do with yourself; this adds up to the perfect storm to rain down onto your finances. Without the costs of school to hold you back, it may feel as though you have the extra funds to burn. You would not be the only person to think so.

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    In a survey conducted by eZonomics the majority of surveyors said summer is the season in which they spend the most money. Winter being the second most commonly named “most expensive” season. [1]

    Though “I'm on a vacation” may feel like a viable excuse to spend a little extra money here and there, by the end of the season you will come out realizing that the sunny weather has scorched through more than just your skin.

    So what's the solution to your summer spending? Space out, and monitor those expensive warm weather activities. Here are four activities to add to your summer docket that won't demolish your budget.

    1. Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park. Johnson's Shut-Ins is one of Missouri's lesser-known State Parks. Located a few minutes out of Lesterville, Missouri this State Park makes the perfect day-trip destination to cool off from the heat. With natural water slides and pools to plunge into, the park offers free admission to nature's swimming pool.

    2. Ragtag Cinema. Located in downtown Columbia, Missouri Ragtag Cinema is a local favorite. Offering showings of independent films, international films, and Q&A with creators, Ragtag Cinema is the perfect way to fill the afternoon out of the blistering afternoon sun.

    3. Boulevard Brewing Co. The treasure of Kansas City, Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest. Offering a free walking tour of the Brewery that concludes with free samples of the beer, Boulevard is an attraction not to be missed this summer season.

    4. Missouri State Capitol/Central Dairy. Nestled in the middle of downtown Jefferson City, the Missouri State Capitol provides a fun, educational tour of the central location of Missouri's government. With free admission to the building, visitors can view the works of famous artists such as Thomas Hart Benton and Sir Frank Brangwyn. And who could visit Jefferson City without a trip to the famous Central Dairy ice cream parlor? Established in 1920, the ice cream parlor continues to serve its renowned ice cream to this day.

    Filling your summer with these low budget activities will help keep spending down, and summer fun up. So have a good summer, and as always, spend responsibly.

    [1] In which season do you spend the most money, eZonomics

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