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Summer Items to Save On

This is a guest post written by Lauren Fritsky, a blogger for Cheapism, a budget-products review site, serving consumers who buy inexpensive products, but still want the best value for their money. Check out the cheap sunglasses recommendations and other product reviews on Cheapism.com

It is almost the end of the summer but this is when you can find great bargains on many items like backyard accessories, indoor cooling devices or various sun related products. To make sure you get the most for your budget, keep a few tips in mind when shopping for certain products.

For instance, if you’re still in the market for an air conditioner, there are several inexpensive options that will adequately cool a medium-sized room for under $300, but make sure you know the size of the room you plan to use the device in. Buying a unit with the wrong number of BTU (British Thermal Units) will result in a poorly-cooled room. Most low price models are between 5,000 to 12,000 BTUs which is usually fine.

You can find inexpensive grills for under $250. Gas grills control heat better, though the charcoal kind sometimes has grates you can place closer to the flame. Cast-iron and porcelain-coated cast iron are the most durable materials in a budget friendly grill. Also consider the cooking surface you require, which is usually indicated by the BTUs.

If you’re trying to ward off pesky bugs at your backyard barbecue, low priced mosquito traps start at $25 and usually cover half an acre. Most use heat, light or scent or a combo of two or three of these elements to keep the mosquitoes away. The best inexpensive traps are electric, not propane.

Whether sitting on the beach or in your backyard, you’ll need to make sure you have good sunscreen and sunglasses to keep your skin and sight safe. Good sunscreen for under $10 is pretty easy to find, but make sure they contain FDA-approved ingredients for warding off harmful sunrays. Get something with at least an SPF of 15 and broad-spectrum coverage against both UVA and UVB rays. While you could go designer with your shades, you can find budget options for under $60 that look good and block the sun. Look for ones that read “UV400” or “100 percent UV protection,” have polycarbonate lenses and a gray or green tint for general-purpose use.