School’s almost out for summer—which means beach vacations, trips to the amusement park, barbecues, and afternoons holed up in the movie theater will soon be upon us. The question: How can you enjoy all the fun without emptying your wallet? Start with these four tips, then share your own savings secrets in the comments.
Renting a car: Reserve a car for a midweek pickup and you’ll often get a better price. Rates can spike by as much as 10 percent during the weekend rush. Also, consider prepaying. If you pay in full when you make a booking, you can slice as much as 35 percent off the total cost.
Golf: To score bargains on golf clubs and accessories, shop RockBottomGolf.com. For discounted rounds, head to the course on a Wednesday, the slowest day for public and private clubs.
Amusement Parks: Don’t buy tickets at a busy theme-park entrance. Save up to 25 percent by nabbing them beforehand at a supermarket or a discount bulk store, like Sam’s Club or Costco (membership required).
Movies: Head to participating Cinemark Theatres on Mondays for “Reel Family Time,” when movie tickets are $1 per person for parties of three or more. Want to take the kids for dinner afterward? Check out these tips for avoiding a costly check at the end.