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Win $500 to Make Summer Vacation Sizzle

In this fifth and final week of our Summer Essentials contest, we’re giving away a $500 gift card that one lucky winner can use to offset vacation costs. Be sure to comment below to enter!

There’s nothing like hearing friends and family brag about exciting vacations while knowing your personal bank account is so tapped out that a trip across the street might cost too much!

Patch wants to help you make some great memories of your own during the summer of 2012. That’s why we rolled out the contest. Since this is the last week of the contest, we thought we’d do it up in a big way - $500 big!

Entering the contest is easy.

Just share your best tips for saving up for summer fun or just tell us how you’d use the money. Will you take the family on a theme park weekend? Or book a room right on the beach? How about camping in the mountains? Just post your tips or summer fun ideas in the comments section on this article to be eligible for the drawing.

We’re taking entries from all 19 of Patch’s Florida sites, so we expect to hear some great ideas from you!

We’ll select one winner randomly from the comments submitted when this week’s contest closes on Friday, Aug. 3, at noon.

The winner will be notified directly and announced on the sites as quickly as possible.

We know you’re expecting our legal department to have some fine print for you to read. You’re right! Here it is:

* Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia who are 18 and older. * To enter, post a comment on this story.* All entries must be received by Aug. 3, 2012, 12:00pm Eastern Time.* You may enter once.* 1 winner will be selected in a random drawing for each week’s drawing.* One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive the $500 gift card for Week Five of the contest.* Click here for complete Official Rules.

Justice Forall August 04, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I agree! It is a RANDOM drawing, it is not a drawing for the person who has been through the worst or is the most needy. There were a lot of good ideas but for people to think they deserve something over others is selfish~ have some dignity people!
Missy Snapp August 05, 2012 at 02:49 AM
I have a family of six, so flying is pricy. I'd put the cash toward plane tickets to see family at Thanksgiving!
Justice Forall August 07, 2012 at 08:38 PM
...and the winner is????
vickie john August 07, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Yeah, I have been wondering the same thing. Whoever the lucky winner was, Congrats!
Toni Whitt August 07, 2012 at 09:40 PM
We will be posting a story this week about the winners.

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