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Last week, it got down to 49 degrees Fahrenheit. This week? When I don’t have AC? Of course, the heat had to rise all the way to 85 degrees by 9:00 in the morning. Is it fun? Did I stay cool? Absolutely not. Is it a learning experience? Probably. Well, definitely… but not one I’d set out to experience.
I bet you’re wondering how I didn’t lose my mind and have a heat stroke. The first part we’re not even going to talk about. I definitely am losing my mind – I absolutely hate being hot. Grumpy and irritable don’t even begin to describe how I felt that morning. But I will tell you how I haven’t had a heat stroke yet, without spending any extra money. Not even a dime.
I freaking love popsicles. They’re refreshing, cooling, and absolutely wonderful. However, I do not have a popsicle mold…or popsicle sticks…or fruit. BUT I still managed to figure out a way to make some without spending any of my hard-earned moolah with three simple ingredients.
- Lemon or lime juice
- Sugar (as much as you’d like depending on how sweet you like your popsicles. I started with 3 tbsp. in 1 cup of water, but this can easily be adjusted!)
I heated up ¼ cup of water in the microwave and my sugar so it would dissolve. (I figured the microwave would produce less heat than my stovetop would). I added the rest of the water and the lemon juice until it tasted something like lemonade. Once it was the right taste, I poured it into some ice cube trays, let it freeze for a few hours, and once it was partially frozen, I put in the toothpicks and let it freeze all the way.
And voila! Mini popsicles in only a few hours!
Cool, breezy clothes will help you stay cool.
Think, coastal grandmother. Cotton, linen…you know, light and flowy clothing. A lot of Target’s clothes are at least 50% cotton, but be sure to check the tags to confirm. You also want to stick to light-colored clothing. It reflects most of the light and, in turn, absorbs less of it. This, surprisingly, can make a huge difference in how hot you get.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
I’m a beverage girlie. I love to have cute cups and a drink in hand, and I love water, but sometimes it gets boring – especially when you’re chugging it all day long. I used the same lemonade mixture from above for drinking, and I added different teas to it as well, giving it some extra flavor.
If you’re someone who loves ice teas, you can turn pretty much any type of tea into iced tea. All you need is water, a container, tea bags, and sugar if you like your iced tea sweet. The easiest way to do it is to put a little bit of hot water in the container (I use a juice pitcher) and two tea bags. Let it sit for five minutes, then fill it to the top with cold water (and ice if you have it.)
Put it in the fridge, and you’ve got iced tea.
The best part is that you can leave the tea bags in the pitcher and just keep topping it up with cold water as you drink. My personal favorite is to use green tea and nothing sweet. I can easily get three full pitchers of green iced tea before I have to change out the tea bags.
They can only do so much, but the placement is important. In front of a window helps fresh air circulate all around the room, but directly in front of you while you’re misting water helps a lot as well.
Another pro tip, if you have ice in the freezer, try putting a bowl of ice directly in front of the fan. This will help circulate colder air. When this is the case, I’ll often freeze a few bowls full of water, so I have them ready to go and can alternate them as each one melts.
So, how do you stay cool with no air conditioning on a budget?
These are just a few quick and easy tricks you can use in a pinch without spending an extra dime. It’s not perfect, but it’s far better than the alternative of things like heat stroke. But what are your thoughts? How do you stay cool? Let us know in the comments below.
About Chloe Morgan
Chloe Morgan grew up living with a tight budget. In her late teens and early 20’s all the lessons she’d learned started to slip, like it does for many college age students on their own for the first time, and with their first credit card. As she’s gotten older, she’s started to deal with the repercussions and has taken on a frugal way of living, keeping her costs low, as she pays off debt and saves for her future. Chloe lives in Northern Ontario, Canada, with her cute dog, Rhea.