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12 Surprising Summer Essentials For Under $60

Make your summer even better with these 12 items you probably never knew you needed. With T-Mobile saving you $60/month over the other guys with their new family plan, you’ll need help figuring out how to spend all of it.

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1. If you're going for a swim but don't wanna miss out on the jams:


This Poké Ball-esque (which should be a big bonus) speaker is rechargeable, wireless, and most of all, waterproof. Dive into one for $59.00.

2. If you're going to the beach but could do with less sand:


This beach towel — sorry, beach mat — mimics military technology to filter out sand and is basically a magic carpet. Take a ride for $59.95.

3. If you actually don't ever want to leave that beach:


This portable 3W USB solar cell can fully charge most cellphones in four to five hours and can attach to windows for home use as well. Don't cell yourself short, grab one for $50.00.

4. If you're going to a social event:


These sandals will keep everyone properly refreshed. Pop bottles for $33.77.

5. Even if that social event is mostly underwater:


This bad boy can hold up to 48 quarts of ice and 72 cans (though don't feel so constrained as to stick merely with aluminum). It's also got handles and cup holders, so you never have to come out of the water again. Get water-based for $28.00.

6. And if you're looking for an after-lunch "snack":


This ice cream maker can turn out the sweet stuff in just 20 minutes and ironically doesn't even require ice to operate. Never miss a chance to chill out for $53.00.

7. If you're looking to stay cool at night:


This pillow makes the whole thing the cold side. Chill out even in your dreams for $24.95.

8. If you're trying to get out of town:


This backpack actually holds a whole picnic in there. Picnic baskets are so 1950s. Or something. Man. $45.00.

9. If you're the resident grill master:


This grill has pivoting legs, which is as fun to say as it is to use — they not only make the grill easy to transport, but they keep the lid locked down during transit. Make your grill mobile for $49.99.

10. And if you're still trying to drink:


This wine glass holder will hold your glass so you can hold onto what's even more important: hot dogs. Let go for $24.95.

11. Or if you want to be more subtle about it:


This wine rack's got your back — er, rack. Sip secretly for $38.99.

12. If you want to make sure no one takes your spot while you're enjoying summer:

Wicker Paradise (CC BY http://2.0) / Via Flickr: wicker-furniture

This beach towel will keep your spot warm while you go do whatever you want — because that's what summer's about. Reserve one for $29.95.

Need some extra cash to buy all these sweet accessories? T-Mobile's family plan can save you $60/month over the other guys, you'll need a list like this for every season of the year.