SWIMMING in summer can be one of the best ways to cool off and relax, but not everyone has easy access to a body of water.
Unless you live near a beach, a pool is your best bet for getting in the water, but swimming pools aren’t always easily accessible either.
The best way to ensure you can swim whenever you want is to install a pool in your home.
Creating a pool is convenient and can significantly increase the resale value of your home, but it doesn’t come cheap.
If you choose an in-ground pool, you’ll be spending between $28,000 and $55,000, according to HomeGuide.
Additional amenities like lights or water slides can push the price above $100,000.
Above ground pools are significantly cheaper, but still far from cheap.
You have to spend at least $1,800 to have an above ground pool built and installed, and it can cost as much as $5,000.
This cost is only for the pool in your backyard and does not include the hundreds of dollars it costs annually to maintain a pool.
While a home pool is a great luxury, many people cannot afford one.
Economical alternatives to the pool
There are other ways to stay cool and take a dip without installing a pool at home, even if you’re in a landlocked country.
For example, check if gyms in your area have pools and who has access to them.
Gyms that typically have pools include LA Fitness and 24-Hour Fitness, while most YMCA locations also have pools.
While a gym pool may not offer the same privacy and convenience as a home pool, you still have access almost 24/7.
And while you can use the pool for a workout, most gym pools are big enough for you to find space for a swim or a more casual float.
You can also see if there is a local swimming pool in your city that residents can use for free, or if there is a water park nearby.
Day passes to water parks can be expensive, but you can also opt for a summer membership at many parks if you plan to visit and use the pool frequently.
Children’s pools are also inexpensive options for families with children, and adults can still find fun in them.
You can find plastic and inflatable kiddie pools from Target, Amazon, and Walmart with prices starting at $15.
Some more expensive inflatable pools are up to 60 square feet and two feet deep, with enough space for adults or older children, while still selling for less than $100.
We’ve explained the ideal temperature to set your thermostat to to save money this summer.
The Sun also broke down how much it costs to run a fan overnight and how you can save some cash.
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