13 Frugal Summer Saving Tips
As a winter child, I have an affinity for the cooler seasons.
I love the sound of rain hitting my window pane, hikes in the snow and a lawn that never grows.
So you can keep your insects, humidity, and tweeting birds.
But, there is one good thing about the summer: The financial benefits.
Disclosure: Based on personal opinion, not to be taken as advice. Seek a professional if required.
A Frugal Summer
ONE: RESET THE HEATING
With winter over, you can reduce your heating costs. Take the settings down to meet your needs. Maybe you only need an hour a day to heat up the water?
TWO: HANG YOUR WASHING OUT
If you have the space, put up a line and save a load(…) on your dryer costs. Even if you don’t have the outdoor space, your laundry would likely dry within a few hours on an indoor clothes rack.
THREE: DO YOUR OWN GARDENING
While you’re out in the garden, you should carry out your own work. You can still enjoy the sunshine and fresh air while pushing a mower, or plucking the weeds.
FOUR: CARRY OUT CHECKS
Set a morning aside to have a good look around your property. Look for any maintenance that needs doing. If you’re capable, carry out the work. If you’re not, hire somebody. It will likely save you money in the long run to maintain your property now.
FIVE: FREEZE DRINKS OVER NIGHT
I like to do this for summer days out. There’s nothing better than a homemade slushy ice drink when stuck in the humidity of the season. Simply freeze a non-fizzy drink over night and let it thaw out during the day. This would be much cheaper than those Frap-a-ma-wat-sits!
SIX: MAKE A PAPER FAN
Remember making paper fans back at school? Well, they actually work! You could make an effective fan out of cardboard or layered paper. The idea is to save money on any electric fans or air conditioning units you may use.
SEVEN: RIDE OR WALK TO WORK
Do you live close enough to walk or cycle to work? Summer is a great time to start a new healthy, money saving, routine.
EIGHT: RECONDITION AN OLD SPRAY
Clean and fill an empty spray bottle with water, to provide a fresh cool mist in the midday heat. Make sure the bottle is thoroughly cleaned – and didn’t used to house anything hazardous!
NINE: DO MORE PHYSICAL OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Like going for a hike , or to carnivals, instead of the cinema. There are usually lots of local summer events and it’s great to support these, rather than spend money elsewhere. You could even make some money by selling something at them.
TEN: MAKE AND SELL HOMEMADE CRAFT ITEMS
If you’ve got a crafty hobby, maybe you could sell some of your makes. Craft fairs are a great way to make a little extra money. Many schools or churches hold summer fetes, so you could check with your local one.
ELEVEN: GROW STRAWBERRIES AND OTHER FRUIT & VEG
Growing fruit and veg in your garden could save you money, but you have to look after the plants! This year, we’re growing strawberries, blueberries and pears. With some fruits and veg, you don’t even need a garden. Plenty of plants are happy growing in pots. You could even grow salad on a windowsill.
TWELVE: PACK A LUNCH FOR WORK
If you’re not doing this already, summer is a great time to get started. The reason? Because the season is perfect for sandwiches and cold foods. Who wants to stand in a queue, or go into a stuffy cafe, during the heat?
THIRTEEN: SELL UNWANTED ITEMS AT BOOT SALES
Along with the crafts fairs, carnivals and summer events, you also have boot sales to attend. You may not get the best value for your goods, but you do stand a good chance of getting rid of them. TIP: Set your prices before you go!
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