3 Budget-Friendly Summer Staycation Tips


(StatePoint) Summertime is often synonymous with longer days, sweet sunshine, and memorable times with friends and family. Whether it is time spent at backyard cookouts, in the garden or simply basking in the rays, the experts at Dollar General have provided some helpful tips for all your summer entertaining and summer staycation needs.

Backyard Yard & Patio Hangout

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Backyard – Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay

As the temperatures begin to rise, spending time outdoors can be a great way to enjoy the longer days. Summer can provide the perfect opportunity to design a dreamy backyard summer staycation space. Create an inviting atmosphere by stringing lights, filling potted planters with colorful flowers, and updating patio furniture with decorative pillows and cushions. Kids can find endless fun and outdoor adventures with inflatables, water toys or lawn water slides. Repurpose items around the house or in the garage to build an outdoor obstacle course.

Summertime Cookouts

Take cooking and entertaining skills outside and get ready for amazing family cookouts. To host the most budget-friendly get-together, plan with the DG app. Create a shopping list and find the best deals and savings on summer holiday décor and grilling necessities.

Decorate the space with patriotic red, white, and blue banners on the porch, American flags in flowerpots, or festive tablecloths. Kick-off the holiday with a signature drink! Strawberry limeade, fruit punch, or a lemonade spritzer are all fun, kid-friendly options. Browse DG Easy Meals for ideas and inspiration on how to build a tasty spread of snacks, appetizers, and main dishes. Check out DG’s “Better-For-You” options for mindful offerings that include waffle sliders, chipotle bean hummus, shaved strawberry mango ice, and s’mores ice cream bars.

Entertaining At Home or Cottage

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Garden Patio by JayMantri from Pixabay

Welcome friends and guests to a comfortable environment with the right picnic essentials. Stock up on sunscreen, blankets, napkins, plates, cups, and tableware. Consider disposable picnic tableware, plate, and cups for quick clean-up. During the day, set up umbrellas around the yard to make shady spots. When the sun begins to set, burn citronella candles to ward off mosquitos. And don’t forget the tunes. Hook up a Bluetooth speaker to listen to a favorite summer playlist.

Whether celebrating a summer holiday or having a backyard BBQ hanging out with friends or a weeklong Summer staycation, make memories all summer long with fun and affordable entertaining. For more ideas and budget-friendly tips, visit the DG blog at newscenter.dollargeneral.com.

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