Top 8 Tips for Saving Money This Summer
Looking for ways to cut costs this summer? We understand the need to make adjustments as the cost of living continues to increase. As we enter the season of outdoor fun and vacations, summer can easily become a time when we start to spend more than usual. But there are things you can do to prevent extra spending.
Explore these tips that will save you money this summer.
1. Cook outside. When you use the stove or oven inside, the heat goes in your house, making your air conditioner run harder. Try to stick to meal plans on the barbecue grill outside so that you can keep your cool inside.
2. Replace your air conditioner filters. This regular maintenance can sometimes be easy to overlook, but a dirty filter can increase your cooling costs. Dirty filters restrict the air conditioner’s airflow and efficiency, which increases run time and cooling costs. Filters are cheap, so replace them often to save money this summer.
3. Visit the thrift store. With higher temperatures, you may need to switch up your wardrobe. Guess what. You can have one on a budget – just consider visiting the local thrift store before hitting the local mall.
4. Grow your food. Turn to your backyard instead of the grocery store produce section—plant seeds for some summer veggies or herbs of your own. In a pinch, you can always buy seedlings that have already sprouted to get a head start. Look for a local gardening group for tips and tricks on how to garden specifically for your area.
5. Have a staycation. If you typically splurge on a vacation instead, commit to a staycation instead. The idea of the perfect vacation is probably different for everyone in your family. You may want to get out and explore area attractions. A staycation does not mean you literally have to stay in the house. Get out in the fresh air and explore the options available to you. Hiking or biking, fishing, a picnic in the park
6. Cut your gas costs. Look for opportunities to carpool to events with friends or stick with public transportation to reduce your need for gas. You can also plan to run all your errands on the same day instead of spreading them throughout the week.
7. Earn $100 or more by having a garage sale. Don’t you just love a good old-fashioned garage sale? More importantly, who doesn’t love the extra money you can make from pawning your old stuff. For a better turnout, create a flyer of the date and times and ask your neighborhood to join in. Now’s the perfect time to go through those closets and do some central spring cleaning.
8. Keep your blinds and curtains closed during the day.
The U.S. Department of Energy says that 76% of the sunlight that hits standard double-pane windows becomes heat when it enters your room. You can greatly reduce energy costs by keeping those blinds and curtains closed.
Set a summer budget and keep track of your spending. If your current healthcare plan is costing you too much, it may benefit you to start saving this summer by switching to Solidarity. To learn more and find out pricing visit our website.