We are in high savings mode at our house because we recently returned from a big vacation and it reminded me that I had not shared my money-saving tips for summer. There really are a lot of ways to save, if you take the time to do a little research and if you make it a priority.
When I worked at an elementary school, summers were always tight on money because I did not work during those months so we tried to cut expenses, when possible. These tips have saved me money and can be used any time of year, but especially during the summer.
Ways to Save During Summer
- Take all your loose change in to your local bank or credit union and get useable cash or better yet, deposit the money to savings.
- Cool off with infused ice water or fruity iced tea instead of sodas.
- Go to the library and take advantage of the summer programs and free classes there.
- Declutter your home and sell your stuff on Craigslist or eBay or host a garage sale.
- If you owe money on your home, consider exploring refinancing as rates are super low right now.
- Spend some time at a book store or library and enjoy the cool air. You can go to an indoor mall if you have the willpower to not shop.
- See a movie at the theater. Many theaters have discounted movies during the week and it is a great way to cool off.
- Explore a new park or nearby museum.
- Take advantage of last-minute travel opportunities (sometimes hotels in your neighborhood will have good deals if they are not full and you can use their pool and amenities for a very reasonable price).
- Host a clothing and household swap party.
- Start making holiday gifts.
- Clean out your pantry so you know what you have and can use what is in there.
- Do the same for your freezer.
- Go through your family's clothing and take to a consignment shop.
- Dry your clothes outside instead of using the dryer.
- If you are running air conditioning, close vents in rooms you are not in much.
- Buy fruits and vegetables at a farmers market.
- Ride a bike to work, or park
- Use electric fans instead of air conditioning if you can. (This was tough when we lived in Arizona, but works in some other places)
- Make your own popsicles or slushies.
- Can summer fruit such as strawberries, blueberries and peaches for later.
- Go to the beach and pack your own snacks.
- Take advantage of all the office and school supplies that are on sale right now, you will be glad you did later.
I would love to hear your tips for summer saving. Please leave me your best summer saving tip in the comments.