Thermometers don't lie: it's hot out there. Really hot. And high temps mean it's high time to cool down. From pools to ceiling fans, we found five cost-effective deals to help you beat the heat. Look out also for our twist on the traditional air conditioning-related deal (though we have one of those, too).
Intex 120" Swim Center Pool
Price: $20 with free shipping
Lowest By: $32
Is It Worth It?: Scientific studies have shown that jumping into a pool at the height of summer will cool you off big time. The inflatable backyard swimming pool measures 120" x 72" x 22" and is the perfect size to float around in. The pool holds 264 gallons of water and includes a drain plug, plus it comes with repair patching just in case.
Hampton Bay Ceiling Fans Sale
Vendor: Home Depot
Price: From $99
Shipping: Free shipping
Is It Worth It?: Home Depot slashes prices on four Hampton Bay ceiling fans, including the pictured Hampton Bay Winthrop 52" Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan. It's just $99 and features five reversible walnut/black blades and uses three 40-watt candelabra bulbs (included). Check out the other cool ceiling fans available at Home Depot.
AC Pro Professional Formula Refrigerant
Vendor: Advance Auto Parts
Price: $25.49 via coupon code "BIG15X" with free in-store pickup
Lowest By: $15
Is It Worth It?: In this Editors' Choice deal, coupon code "BIG15X" will save you a cool $15 on this AC Pro Professional Formula Refrigerant. Designed to help your car's system deliver cooler air, this coolant also seals leaks in hoses, gaskets, and O-rings, and helps to maximize system life.
Frigidaire 5,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner
Price: $99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $31
Is It Worth It?: Isn't it just your luck that on the hottest day of the year that your old window unit quits? Don't sweat it. This 5,000 BTU A/C features a 2-speed fan, antibacterial filter, adjustable thermostat, and more. It's probably a step up from your last system.
Not sure if this model will fit your needs? Read our feature on cooling your house on a budget.
Buy 1, Get 1 Free Movie Tickets
Expires: August 17
Is It Worth It?: Why sit in the sweltering heat when you can chill to the max in a frosty-cool movie theater? Every Friday though August 17 you can score two movie tickets for the price of one if you're a Visa Signature cardholder. Just add two tickets to your cart, and you'll see the discount at checkout. Note that a Fandango convenience charge applies and this deal is limited to one free ticket per 30 days.
Prefer to use your AmEx? When you spend $20 or more at MovieTickets.com you'll earn a $10 American Express credit (expires July 31). All you have to do to take part in this Editors' Choice deal is sync your AmEx on Facebook, and order your tickets via Movietickets.com.
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