Looking for ways to save money during the summer months but don't know where to begin? The good news is that the summer season offers numerous opportunities for you and your family to save money in various ways, without shaking up your daily life too much. Here are 6 helpful tips that are guaranteed to help you start saving money this summer.
Exploring nature is free and can be fun for the whole family. There are ample opportunities for you to make memories with the family while spending time in the great outdoors. Whether you're taking a walk around the neighborhood, hitting the trails and going for a hike, taking a bike ride, packing up and heading to the beach, or going for a picnic in the park, getting outside is a great way to save money, enjoy the weather and have fun all-in-one.
Find a Free Event
Summertime is easily one of the busiest times of the year, and that means there will be a lot of events, with many of those events being free to the public. Instead of spending a large sum of money at a theme park, why not load take the family to an event that's going on in your town, or in a nearby town? Your community is a great place to start searching for events going on, and many have craft fairs, farmers markets, local music festivals, and so on, that are held throughout the summer. These options can be a fun way to meet the people in your community while saving money.
Did Someone Say BBQ?
We have to ask… what could be more enjoyable than heading outside, soaking up the sun, and firing up the grill? Not much! Throw in a few yard games or a pool for the kiddos and you have some lasting memories in the making. Not only is cooking outside fun for the whole family, but it is also a great way to save money on your bills because you won't be turning on the oven or stovetop, and you'll be maintaining the cool temperature inside while keeping your air conditioning bill low.
Speaking of Air Conditioning…
You may want to consider turning it off. We know, this is probably one of your last thoughts as the heat fluctuates. However, turning off your AC is a wonderful way for you to save money on your energy bill. You may not want to turn it off when it's sweltering outside; but, take a look at the future forecasts and if the temperatures are dropping at night, then consider turning the air conditioner off and opening the windows to help keep the cool air flowing through your home. In addition, consider setting the air conditioner temperature a few degrees higher and make use of those ceiling fans. Do not forget to replace air filters and have your air conditioner maintained to keep it running effectively and efficiently.
Seasonal produce is often much cheaper than produce that is out of season because it's fresh, which also means it's going to be packed with more nutrients. Consider swapping out your favorite produce for something that is in season. Additionally, you could save yourself money by buying extra while the prices are low and stocking your freezer for future use. Another great way to save money on food is by growing your own garden, which is yet another fun way to spend your time outdoors.
Turn Off Your Dryer
What better way to make use of the heat outside than by setting up a clothesline and hanging your laundry out to dry in the summer air? This is yet another great way to save on electricity and keep your home cool. You could also involve the kids in this activity, and even set up a makeshift tent using bedding hung on the clothesline. Using a clothesline instead of the dryer? Be sure to unplug it. Additionally, you could save more by turning the water setting on your washing machine to cold—it is just as effective as warm water and is more cost-efficient.
These are just a few simple ways for you to save money this summer while still enjoying what the season has to offer.