Learn how to beat the summer heat with our chilled-out saving tips — plus win £50k in The Sun Raffle – The Sun

SUMMER may still be deciding whether it is here or not – but we have had a fair few muggy days.

Even so, you don’t need pricey air conditioning units or fancy fans to cool your home, here are some chilled-out savings . . .

  • BLINDING IDEA: Sunshine through your windows can turn your home into a greenhouse. Avoid feeling like a pot plant by getting blackout blinds, which block sunlight and help to regulate room temperature. White blinds are best for keeping out the heat — John Lewis’s start at just £8.
  • OUT COLD: Swap your duvet for a top sheet — get one in B&M from £4.99. If you’re really suffering, Marks & Spencer has cooling mattress protectors from £25 — far cheaper than those at Dunelm, from £44. You could even pop a hot water bottle in the freezer to take to bed with you.
    SAVING: £19
  • SHOWER THING: Avoid super-hot showers — they can overheat you and will fill your bathroom with steam, making your home even more muggy. Turning the water temperature down is an easy way to dehumidify — and save on your energy bill.
  • FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Using the oven or hob will heat up your kitchen. Stick to the grill or switch to cold, tapas-style dinners. Aldi’s Antipasto Selection is a great summer evening snack, and at just £1.69 it is far cheaper than options available at Waitrose for £7.49.
    SAVING: £5.80
  • N-ICE TRICK: This simple hack is one of my favourites. Buy a cheap fan — Home Bargains currently has them reduced from £14.99 to £11.99 — and place a bowl of ice in front of it for a lovely waft of freezing air.
    SAVING: £3

Deal of the day

SPRUCE up your garden for summer – the Qualcast 20V cordless lawnmower and trimmer kit is now £99 at Homebase, was £149.

SAVE: £50

Cheap treat

BOOMBEATZ’ Bluetooth karaoke microphone is so much fun at parties. It’s just £5 at B&M, down from £9.99.

SAVE: £4.99

My Sun Savers fiver

CLARE HEFFILL, of Bracknell, Berks, says: “I’m saving my Sun Savers fivers to put towards my dear husband’s 90th birthday in August.”

  • Send your Savers fiver stories to sunsavers.co.uk/fivers and you’ll get 28 codes worth £5 if yours is used. Please include your name and town.

Top swap

GIN lovers, listen up! Marks & Spencer’s £6 slogan gin glass is a great alternative to John Lewis’ £15 party piece.

SAVE: £9

Readers's saving tip

JANET ROGERS, of Hornchurch, Essex, says: “When flying, travel in heavy items like jeans and trainers to allow extra space in the suitcase and avoid paying for more luggage.”

  • Send tips to sunsavers.co.uk/tips and get 28 codes worth £5 if your tip is used. Include name and town.
  • Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.

Shop and save

HERE is a sweet deal – Hartley’s strawberry jelly pots are perfect for lunchboxes. Iceland is selling 3 for £1, usually 50p each.

SAVE: 50p

Hot right now

NEW customers can get 50 per cent off any hair or beauty service at Rush salons this month. For more information, visit rush.co.uk.

Play now to win £50k in the Sun Raffle

JOIN thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Raffle today!

Every Sun Savers code you enter from the paper is your chance to win £50k every month! One code = one ticket.

There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect. So the more you enter, the better your chances.

To take part go to sunsavers.co.uk or open the Sun Savers app.

Then opt in to each month’s Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the Sun Savers codes printed daily in the paper.

Not yet a Sun Savers member? Just go to sunsavers.co.uk or find “Sun Savers” in the app store to get started.

  • T&Cs apply. Full T&Cs at sunsavers.co.uk/faqs.

Fancy a free fiver?

YOU can get FREE cash with super Sun Savers just for buying your favourite paper.

Our brilliant new rewards club will pay back our most loyal readers.

Just pick up the paper each day to collect your Sun Savers codes and we will GIVE YOU £5 when you have ­collected 28.

This isn’t a one-off and there is no limit to how much cash you can save.

For every 28 codes you enter, we will give you a fiver. So over the course of a year, that could add up to £65.

We are keeping it super-simple. You don’t have to enter codes from consecutive days, so don’t worry if you forget a day or two.

Download our easy Sun Savers app and quickly scan your code using your smartphone. Or go online and enter your code at sunsavers.co.uk.

To get you on your way, join today and we will put a bonus £1 in your Sun Savers wallet tomorrow. And the good news doesn’t stop with free cash.

With Sun Savers, we give you the best hacks, deals and tips to save money every single day.

TO JOIN: Don’t worry, folks — joining takes just 30 seconds, in three steps.

  • Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.

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