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Last Minute Frugal Ways to Dine & Dress Up for the 4th of July

by on July 2, 2012

By Samantha Savory

Another fun summer holiday is upon us — the 4th of July!  With kids out of school and the day off from work, its a time to celebrate America’s independence and enjoy precious time with your family and friends! The key to making the most of this fourth of July is to have frugal fun and stay under budget! We have compiled a list frugal tips to create yummy and festive treats  as well as some outfit attire ideas so you don’t have to spend much and still show off your American pride!

1. Tie dye an old bathing suit – Whether you have an old white bathing suit or an old red or blue one, get some bleach or color dye and reinvent yourself a new bathing suit for the 4th of July holiday festivities! Simply get a bucket of your tie dye and wrap rubber bands around certain parts of the bathing suit and get a new summer time fit to wear! Click here for exact instructions.




  2. Homemade red, white & blue cupcake treats for the beach – This recipe is easy enough for even the cooking challenged like me! Simply bake some plain vanilla cupcakes, top them with whipped cream and stack on the strawberries and blueberries until you achieve a U.S. flag theme like in the picture above!

Here are all the ingredients you will need along with directions. The Huffington Post is offering up an amazing list of 13 red, white and blue dessert recipes like this plus more! Click here to check them out!



3. Blue & Red Kool-Aid – This beverage is super affordable and literally any person can make it! While you are out soaking up the sun this Wednesday, mix up some red and blue Kool-Aid to show your patriotism! Serve over ice, or throw some ice in the blender and make colorful snow cones for a fun treat. You can use paper cups instead of cones.





4. Flag Pizza – Thanks to our new found love of Pinterest, we found some awesome yummy and festive recipes to use this 4th of July! Celebrate your American pride by making a flag shaped pizza for dinner on Wednesday night. Check out this frugal mom food blog for directions and ingredients!








5. Fruit snacks – If you are planning to gather friends and family at your local park or beach, create festive snacks that everyone can enjoy, find healthy and that won’t cost too much. Luckily we are in prime of blueberry and strawberry season so you can get them for from your local grocery store for affordable prices.









 6. DIY Candy treats — As your 4th of July celebrations come to a close and you and your friends are watching the fireworks, pass out these pre-made yummy and decorative snacks for everyone to munch on at the end of the night. All you need are some festive disposable napkin holders which can be found at just about any party decorating store and twizzlers! To get step-by-step instructions, click here.





  7. Make a flag skirt – Another fairly new website that is full of frugal finds and offers great ideas to DIY is! Instead of spending a ton of money on 4th of July outfits, make your own flag skirt or buy some of the cute American flag skirts or shorts listed on Etsy so you can bring in Independence Day in style and under budget!






Did you find these ideas and frugal tips helpful? We’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section! Also, make sure to visit to sign up for free and start taking power over your finances! Power On!

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