Summer has officially arrived in Atlanta, and with all the festivals, events, new restaurants and concerts, you might be feeling the stretch in your wallet. Never fear! We’ve got a few items you can pick up around town to put the fun in your summer without breaking the bank. Here are some of our favorite Cheap Thrills for the season!
Days spent on the beach can do a number on your eyes, but luckily Lou Lou at Ponce City Market has a wide range of styles and colors to match whatever swimsuit you’re rocking. We love these eye-catching red shades to top off your beach look. The best part? At just $14, you don’t have to worry about avoiding the waves.
Be the star of the party when you show up with Star Provisions‘ skillet-fried chicken. At $7.95 per pound, it’s a gourmet option that won’t break the bank. While you’re there, grab a couple of their killer sides and a six-pack of your favorite brew.
Crafted Westside brings the best in locally made goods, and this tote bag by Bravo Custom Printing is one of our favorites! Perfect for hauling your best picnic wares or everything you need for a day at the pool. And at just $16, there’ll be plenty left in your bank account to fill it!
Normal cups are just so BORING. We prefer to add a little sparkle to our summer hydration with this disco ball cup from The Merchant. For $24, you have the perfect accessory for your bar cart, pool float or Instagram shot. The party has arrived!
If you get nothing else from this list for your ultimate summer, you’ve got to grab a pint of Halo Top ice cream. Available at Kroger and Whole Foods, an entire pint ranges from 240 to 280 calories and is packed with protein, low on sugar and high in fiber, making it a summer treat in which you can overindulge. At just $4.99 a pint, grab two!
There’s nothing better than curling up on the beach or by the pool with a classic read. Even better? An updated-yet-classic cover design that doubles as coffee table art. We love this edition of Little Women from Puffin in Bloom, available at Anthropologie for $16.
When the clock strikes 5 p.m., Atlantans love to hit up their nearest patio to wind down. One of our favorite spots to enjoy a post-work beverage is Pijiu Belly on 10th Street in West Midtown. We find the What Happens in Mexico cocktail ($10) to be the perfect drink to celebrate the warm weather and late sunset. We suggest adding a bit more spice in your sip with the jalapeño version. While you’re there, grab a bowl of ramen and a side of their killer Brussels sprouts.
Need a summer hostess gift that will be the hit of the party? Snag a pair of these quirky ketchup and mustard bottles from SQ/FT in Decatur for the next neighborhood shindig. At just $22, these guys will take center stage at the condiment table for plenty of cookouts to come.
Nothing makes us want to plan our next seaside getaway like this beach-themed pouch from Lily Rain! Perfect for storing sunscreen, spare makeup or wet swimsuits on the way home, this $16 accessory is great for tossing in your beach bag!
As the temperatures rise, we start to worry less about fashion and more about just staying cool. But with thinner fabrics come all new sets of fashion faux pas to avoid, the biggest being V.P.L. (visible panty line). Luckily for us, Boogaloos has our backs (hehe) with Hanky Panky brand thongs. Available in original and low-rise, they’re made in the USA and will keep you covered for just $19.
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Enjoy your summer … on the cheap!