After filling my cart with several dollar spot finds, a couple toys and a few completely unnecessary house wares I proceeded to the checkout. I gravitated towards giant numbers advertising “$29.99” with inflatable swimming pools underneath. Hmm, this kiddie pool looks pretty spacious! I whipped out my phone and typed in “Intex Family Pool” to see if I could get it anywhere else for a cheaper price. Low and behold, on the Target website they had it for $19.99! I went up to the customer service counter and they adjusted the price to match their website. I used my Target RedCard for an additional 5% off (SCORE!) and skipped out of the store with my new $20.70 pool. While the deal isn’t on anymore, you can still purchase this Intex pool from Target for $29.99.
I received several chuckles about my purchase, until the chucklers actually saw for themselves how awesome my $20 purchase was. See for yourself…
LOUNGE: Who needs a lounge chair when you can buy these fun $5 rafts from Five Below to go right in the pool!? My favorite for laying out tanning is the popsicle stick raft, and the donut tube is a great lounger.
SNACK: Poolside snacks? How about in-the-pool snacks?! Break the rules and set up a small table with lunch and drinks inside of the pool!
WORK: Have work to do? Turn that table into a desk! Sit and do your work while you dip your feet (or butt) in the water and get some sun!
PLAY: Play some hoops! This inflatable hoop and ball set provides hours of entertainment.
CREATE: My nieces created this fantastic two player game called Doggy Wars. We purchased these giant dog inflatables (Five Below, $5) that take up most of the pool. The object of the game is to charge each other with the dogs and try to knock the other person off of their dog. Although Mike and I played this, I don’t think it’s meant for our weight and a ton of water ended up out of the pool. Fun, none the less!
PROTECT: Grab one of these protective smartphone waterproof cases so you can keep your phone poolside and not worry about it being splashed.
MAINTAIN: Maintenance? No problem. After a few uses, I open up the drain and let the dirty water out, refilling with the hose before my next use. Place a tarp under the pool (to prevent molding), as well as one over the pool to prevent too many leaves or bugs from swimming with you. I also use a metal kitchen strainer as well as a butterfly net to scoop out any dirt or bugs.
STORE: When not in use; deflate pool, fold and store in a bag! You can also use the pool several different ways in the winter:
a ball pit
or a love boat
DRINK: When all else fails, blend some pina coladas, jump in and get drunk!