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5 ways for your family to beat the heat without breaking the bank

Here's how your family can chill out this summer without spending too much.
Becky Rickman, FamilyShare Modified: June 9, 2014 at 8:39 am •  Published: June 11, 2014

Summertime and the livin' is easy . . . unless you happen to live in a sweltering climate that induces you to snap at everyone and consider crawling into a freezer. The kids get cranky and look like lobsters from running around. Your patience can run mighty thin.

Overheating can also be physically dangerous. We have to take care to watch that the kids (and us) are getting enough water to drink.

We have rarely lived near a municipal pool and could hardly afford a summer pass when we did. So we had to find creative ways to keep cool without breaking the bank.

Here are some great tips for chilling out this summer on the cheap.

Know the thermostats on your body and how to use them

Your body has pulse spots which, when treated to cool water or a body cooler, almost immediately lower your temperature. Where to find these spots: the main spots are the back of the neck and the wrists, but also include the spot between your forehead and your temples, the inside of your ankles and thighs and the back of your knees and elbows. You can run cool water on these spots or create a cool neck wrap out of a bandana and some water absorbing crystals which are available at most craft stores and are reusable. Instructions here. These little easily-made devices are wonderful for when you are doing a hot chore like mowing or working in the garden. They are also something the kids can make for themselves, giving them another project to beat the summer of "I'm so bored!"

Never underestimate the power of the bathtub

Don't have a pool or it's too hot to have the little ones outside? Let them put on their swimsuits and sit in a tub of cool water. This is a great solution for irritable toddlers. Bring a comfy chair into the bathroom and watch them splash around with their toys while you read, make a shopping list or chore chart, or create Instagram masterpieces. Encourage older kids to have a nice cool afternoon shower.

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