It is easy to spend extra money on impulse buys, summer treats, and keeping cool as the weather warms up. Spending a little extra on a day to day basis does not seem like a big deal, but it can add up fast. Here are ten ways you can curb expenses while still having fun in the sun.
1. Cut Energy
Every degree makes a difference in dollars on the monthly electric bill. Setting the air conditioner’s thermostat to a consistent 78 degrees during the day and night is just enough to keep the house comfortably cool. Utilizing ceiling fans and drapes to block heat from entering the house will efficiently maintain cooler temperatures.
2. Hit the Pavement
You can save hundreds of dollars when you stop blowing money on gym memberships and exercise outdoors instead. Summer is also a nice time to take casual walks. Walking instead of driving for quick errands that are only blocks away will not only save you money on gas, but it will also keep you fit and stress free from staying out of the traffic.
3. Quit Smoking
Summer is a convenient time of the year to quit smoking because we are less distracted by holiday errands, leaving us free to focus on our personal goals. With cigarettes costing close to ten dollars a pack, even a light smoker can save major money from quitting.
4. Skip the Bottled Beverages
Bottled drinks can quickly add up in money just as fast as they do in sugar calories. You are much better off ditching the habit of buying drinks on impulse. You can also save money on bottled water at home when you invest in a decent water filter system.
5. Watch Movies at Home
Netflix and Redbox have the market cornered for cheap movies that you can watch at home. Staying in guarantees the best seat minus the overpriced expense of popcorn, candy and soda.
6. Vacation Smart
You are better off making your reservations early and shopping around online with sites that price compare all of the major hotel chains and airlines. Purchasing airline tickets any sooner than two weeks to your departure date can easily double their prices.
7. Ditch the Appliances
Air drying instead of blow drying your hair is cheaper and more refreshing. Also, hanging the laundry outside to dry is an economical alternative that leaves clothes smelling fresh and lint free.
8. Farmer’s Markets
You can support your local farmers while paying less to eat healthy when you take advantage of the cheaper prices of in-season vegetables at the local farmers’ markets. They are also a fun and inexpensive way to spend a day out with friends and family.
9. Make Your Own Treats
Ice cream is a nice treat when the weather is hot outside. However, it can be expensive, especially when we buy it at the ice cream shops. Stocking the freezer with ice cream and yogurt bought in bulk is much cheaper. If you want to score even bigger savings, make your own popsicles at home. You only need to buy the molds once, and you can make healthy popsicles with real fruit that cost less than store brands.
10. Skip the Water Park
Kids love to go to waterparks, and it is a nice treat once in a while. Yet, you can have close to the same fun on a more regular basis by doing the home version in the back yard. Kids have a natural talent to improvise and create their own fun with basic sprinklers, mats and hoses.