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Summer fun — did two words ever go together more sweetly? So how do you have fun when cash is tight? That's what we went out to ask women attending the (free, of course) Medford Cruise. It was unanimous — given where we live, it's easy to enjoy summer.

Shannon Stancliff
Bakersfield, Calif.

I go to the library with my son for the children's programs. I also pick up craft books from the library, which is cheaper than buying them, and we don't get bored with them. We have one on origami now, and I cut paper from old magazines for us to fold.

Eve Marsh

We'll be going to the parks, like TouVelle, and we also drive out to the Illinois River, the Applegate and go rafting in Shady Cove. We've taken long road trips to the East Coast in other years, but we'll stay close to home with only one trip to the coast this year.

Beckie Winner

We're not traveling this year. We'll do local things like going to Applegate Lake, and we'll bring our own food. We're planning on places where you walk in free or pay a small fee for parking.

Connie Meier
White City

I love working outdoors and just spending time outside. I'm really frugal, anyway. This year we'll take better advantage of our local resources. We have so many opportunities we can take advantage of: Howard Prairie, the horse camp facility at Lily Glen. I'll be spending a weekend there with my girlfriends.

Jan Van Lienden

I'm only going to see one concert at the Britt Festival this year instead of six. We look for more free activities, like this car show. Usually it's only the adults who attend, but this year I brought my granddaughter. We're planning a camping trip instead of an away trip, and I'm telling out-of-town friends and family, "It's your turn to travel."

Tabbitha Binder

Oh yes, I'm cutting back on spending. We have a new baby, so we'll be going to the river instead of the mall. No Vegas vacation or going out to eat either. That's a huge savings.

Robin Donnelly

Well, we just had a new baby and bought a new house. Our entertainment will be doing lots of fixing up. We'll be cutting back on expenses so we can work on the house. No take-out meals; I'm working on my cooking skills.

April Lindahl

My boyfriend is from Indianapolis, so we fly back and forth a lot and spend on airfare and hotels. When we're home, we become homebodies. We'll watch TV, use a lot of sidewalk chalk and visit friends to go swimming.

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