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How to Budget your Fun this Summer

10 ways to makes the most of your Summer without breaking the bank

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With Summer already underway the city centre is crawling with tourists and the youth of today trying to get through summer by getting the golden ticket, that being a summer job. With the recent news of Clerys pulling down its shutters, and with every other retailer only expecting CVS online where you have to complete The Huger Games of questionnaires, getting a job is harder than you think.

So if you are short for change this summer, here are a few things that will keep you occupied while adding to your CV and a few things you and your friends could get up too for little or nothing. Getting turned away from so many jobs can be seriously demoralising, however there are people out there that would appreciate your skills, but most of all your help.

  • Volunteers are what some of the most important charities in Ireland need to keep them standing, and even though you do not get paid,you can really get a lot more than money by giving up some of your time to help others. From Special Olympics Ireland to the Irish Cancer society, why not spend your summer supporting some of Ireland’s top charities. There are also tons of local volunteering opportunities that could make your CV look impressive for the next employer, so make yourself useful this summer and find out some of the opportunities close to you.
  • The Happenings outdoor cinema is back this summer after a huge success last year. What better way to enjoy a summer evening than chilling with your friends or family watching some classic movies! With tickets costing only €5 you would be mad to miss this! So grab your blanket and popcorn and find out the locations and movie listings for a night to remember. 
  • Keep your eyes peeled for this one folks! If you are looking to relieve a bit of stress a big huge pillow fight will relieve that am I right? There is a giant one scheduled to take place in the Phoenix Park September 26th, the event however was taken down after 6,000 people signed up but there are still high hopes that people are going to turn up just for the hell of it!
  • With festival season already upon us and tickets reaching up to €200 for a weekend, if you are lacking a job, this is something your parents are probably not going to hand over the money too. However I was in that situation once and I found a cheap solution. You might not get to see the band/ act but gather your friends and some snacks and venture up to Marley Park to sit outside and enjoy listening to the line up of Longitude. With Electric Picnic selling out, Longitude tickets will be scarce pretty soon so do not miss out on festival seaon and grab your ticket now!
  • Are you a comic book king or Queen or just absolutely love Marvel and DC? Well returning after two sell out shows in 2014, the Dublin Comic Con is back and in a new venue, the Convention Centre. With guest appearances from Guardians of the Galaxy and the Walking Dead star Michael Rooker and many more this is a must see for this summer. Taking place on the 8 to the 9th of August tickets are only €16 and it is set to be an action packed day!

Everybody loves a free event right?

  • With the location still to be announced get ready for the biggest water fight of your life. On the 4th July Dublin will try and break the current world record for the largest Water Fight in History. The current world record is held by The Christian Student Fellowship in America with 8,957 Students in Attendance & 175,141 water balloons burst. So get the water guns out and stock up on water balloons because this is one fight not to be missed.
  • Where for art thou a free event? Fortunes Fools Production will be taking to the Iveagh Gardens from the 6 – 16 of August to bring you Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. Fall in love with Shakespeare’s work all over again and watch some amazing actors take on there not so traditional version of the play.
  • Looking for something to tickle your funny bone? Well Unhinged Comedy will do just that! Taking place every Wednesday and Sunday at the Hapenny Bridge Inn @ 9PM for just as little as €6 you will get to see a hilarious line up of comedians and you will leave with sore sides from laughing. 
  • After Ireland recently making history in becoming the first country in the world to vote yes to same sex marriage, you would be a fool to miss out on this year’s Gay Pride Parade! Pride will be taking over Merrion Square from June 19-28 and comes to a head with the Pride Parade on Saturday June 27. There are tons of events taking place so make sure you do not miss out.
  • So finally here is some food for thought.The Big Grill BBQ & Craft Beer Festival has come back this year and it is looking better than ever, with food demos and workshops, a chili eating challenge, and Ireland’s first international BBQ competition. With tickets starting from as little as €10 get ready to lose your bikini body in a tidal wave of good food. 
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Published June 22nd, 2015
Last updated June 16th, 2016
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