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Affordable Souvenirs to Bring Home From Your Vacation

Spring is finally here, which means a chance to get away and travel. Last year we wrote a blog on how to stretch your vacation dollar, but what about souvenirs? Everyone wants to bring back something to help them remember their trip, but all the gifts you buy for yourself and your family can add up.

We’ve included a few of our favorite cost-effective souvenir ideas for your next trip from Clover, South Carolina.
Affordable Souvenirs You Can Bring Back From Your Vacation from Clover
One way you can save is by vacationing close to home. All of these great destinations are less than six hours from Clover, South Carolina:

Atlanta, GA
Myrtle Beach, SC
Outer Banks, NC
Jacksonville, FL
Richmond, VC

Get Something Practical
If you’re going to throw down money on a souvenir, why not get something you’ll actually use?

Clothes are probably the best example of a practical souvenir, but avoid the overpriced, low-quality tourist store t-shirts that line the bottom of most dressers. Opt for an identifiable shirt, swimsuit, pair of sandals, or sunglasses that can become a part of your regular wardrobe. You’ll be reminded of your trip every time you wear it.
Pictures
You probably already have a way to obtain this souvenir in your pocket right now. Just make sure to snap a quick shot of every place you stop, and by the end of the trip, you’ll have dozens of memories. You can print these and put them on display or just upload them to social media to share with those you care about.
A Journal
Keep a journal of your activities while you’re out on vacation. This can include short blurbs, sketches, [...]

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Payday Loans and More Easy Ways to Make Cash in Charlotte

Low on money between paychecks? Don’t let unexpected financial issues keep you from meeting your monthly expenses. Take advantage of some of the great side jobs available around Charlotte, North Carolina, to help lighten your money problems. If you’re still low on cash, consider an easy payday loan from Cash Fast.
Payday Loans and Other Easy Ways to Make Money Around Charlotte, NC
Pet Sitting
Plenty of people are looking for supportive homes to keep their pets in while they travel. Pet sitting isn’t just easy. It also lets you spend time with cats and dogs without the perpetual chores associated with owning and training them. Some pet owners are even willing to pay for people to walk their dogs.

Consider working with a pet sitting company like the Waggle Company or becoming an independent sitter.
Participate in Clinical Studies
Plenty of scientists, doctors, and researchers are looking for willing volunteers to serve as subjects in studies. Many of these researchers are willing to pay. Don’t think taking part in experiments is dangerous or involved. They may only need you to come in for a few examinations.
Drive for Uber or Lyft
The great thing about driving for Uber or Lyft is the convenience. Drivers can make their own schedules, and drive when they’re able. You can drive as often or as little as you can. All you need is a car and a smartphone.
Take Surveys
You don’t even need to leave the house to make extra money. Plenty of websites pay you to take online surveys. Complete a few surveys while you sit and unwind from work. The money adds up fast.
Food Delivery
Food delivery is a great weekend and evening [...]

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4 Exciting Free Local Events to Celebrate Independence Day

Independence Day is a time to celebrate, but barbecue supplies, fireworks, and drinks can add up in cost. Celebrating doesn’t have to be so expensive this 4th of July. Make your holiday more affordable by taking advantage of one of the many free celebrations around Charlotte, North Carolina, and York County, South Carolina.
Save this Independence Day with These Charlotte, NC, Area Events
The Carolinas are full of free July 4th celebrations that let you enjoy the holiday without needing to drain funds. Here are a few of our favorites.
Skyshow Charlotte
July 4th, 9:30 pm

Outside BB&T Ballpark

When it comes to 4th of July fireworks, the bigger, the better. So why settle for anything less than the biggest? Skyshow in Charlotte, North Carolina, bills itself as the largest fireworks display in the Southeast, and it is truly a sight to behold. Although the best seats are from BB&T Ballpark, you can get a stunning view of the spectacle from Romare Bearden Park or one of the nearby parking lots.
Harrisburg 4th of July Celebration
June 29- July 4th

Harrisburg Park

The town of Harrisburg in North Carolina always put together an impressive 4th of July Celebration, and 2017 is their 20th year. With three days of great activities, shows, and events, there is something for the whole family to enjoy.

Although there is a pageant on the 29th of June, and plenty to do on the 3rd of July, festivities kick into full steam on the 4th. After a 9 a.m. parade, visitors can enjoy a full evening of food, fun, live music, and fireworks.
Queen City Brass Band
July 3rd, 7:30

Mint Hill Town Hall

Take in some classic patriotic music this holiday with a free concert from [...]

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    6 Fun and Affordable Summertime Activity Ideas for Your Kids

6 Fun and Affordable Summertime Activity Ideas for Your Kids

With summer here, your kids are probably getting restless from all the free time they have. Without school and homework to keep them busy, children need something to do.

Read on for ideas and activities that will keep the little ones entertained this summer without breaking the bank.
Cheap Summertime Activities for Kids
Free Museums
A lot of art, natural sciences, or history museums are free or offer discounts to children. For instance, the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, is free Tuesday evenings and the Gaston County Museum in South Carolina is always free. Take advantage of these opportunities for a fun and educational summer activity. A lot of museums even offer hands-on activities for younger visitors.
Arts, Crafts, & Experiments
For the relatively small price of some art supplies, you can keep your kids occupied for hours. You can even use everyday household items like sponges, paper towel rolls, and pencils as craft supplies. Encourage them to get creative.

Is your daughter or son is more science-minded? Making slime, mixing household items, and other science projects can be great fun.  Here are some great crafts and experiments you can try at home.

Michaels hosts affordable art classes during summer months. These are a great way for your child to blow off steam while picking up a skill.
Explore Local Parks
Take advantage of the warm Carolina weather with a visit to a local state park. Hours can fly by simply exploring trails with your kids. You can also use the visit as a chance to teach them about the wilderness by identifying trees and other wildlife.
Bowling
Bowling alleys all over the country are participating in Kids Bowl Free, an event where registered member [...]

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