With summer officially upon us and a heat wave in effect as of the writing of this article, we are all looking for ways to combat the heat. However, don’t let the heat bait you into making some bad financial decisions. The summer is a time when we often throw logic out the window and spend frivolously, but it doesn’t need to be.
This article will take a closer look at a couple of different things you can do to keep your spending down this summer, without feeling like you are missing out on the fun or having a miserable time!
Grow Some Of Your Own Food
While not everyone will have enough room or time to grow your own food, it can be a very solid way to save a bit of cash this summer. Growing your own produce can save you a decent amount of money. Many types of veggies such as cucumber, lettuce, onions, tomatoes and countless others can be grown with minimal effort.
Even if you don’t have an outdoor garden, you can still grow veggies indoors thanks to the variety of containers and lights that are commercially available now. Also, there might be a community garden in your area that you can get a spot at, if possible.
Find Free and Fun Activities To Do
Summer is the perfect time to spend some time with your family as the weather is gorgeous and the kids are all off from school. As a result, there is always a lot more to do and see in the summer, so you should go out and take advantage of it. However, many places will charge an arm and a leg in terms of an entry fee.
Finding fun and free activities can save you money this summer, so you should definitely aim for that. There are likely many different options in your city including picnics, heading to the beach, visiting a museum or zoo or simply enjoying some time in your backyard.
Staycation Instead of Vacation
Because of the kids being off school and many people taking their holidays during the good weather, the summer time is the most popular time for families to take vacations. While vacations are fantastic to take from time to time, they are normally pretty expensive. They can easily cost hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars.
But instead of dropping all that money on a vacation, you should consider a “staycation”. Here, you could take the same time off of work that you would for a vacation, but instead, stay in your city and find cool things to do there. You will likely have just as much fun, but save a ton of cash.
Use Air Conditioner Only When You Need It
When it is hot outside, it tends to get pretty hot in our apartments and homes as well. This often leads us to crank the air conditioner at all hours of the day. While it is a relief for our bodies and comfortability, it can do a lot of damage to your bank account.
Instead of running your AC all day to battle the heat, there are a few other things you can do. You should aim to keep the curtains closed during the day as much as possible, limit the amount you cook indoors and when you do run the AC, ensure all windows are closed to keep the temperature cool inside.
In conclusion, summer doesn’t have to be an expensive time if you take advantage of the tips included in this article.