It’s that time of year again! Summer is right around the corner, and if you’re anything like the rest of us, you thought you had at least a few more months before you had to start making plans for the warmer weather. While we all start scrambling to gather our spring-cleaning lists and create our summer vacation plans, you’re probably wondering just how you can save yourself from breaking the bank this season.
Thanks to these four tips, creating amazing summer memories doesn’t have to ravage your wallet and leave you stuck inside all summer. In fact, you might be surprised how much you and your family really can save while still enjoying the warm weather to its fullest.
1. Grow Your Own Food
If getting out in the sunshine and upgrading your garden is at the top of your to-do list this summer, what’s better then to save some extra cash while you’re at it? Growing your own food can really save on your home grocery bills. Seedlings only cost between $2-3 a plant, while seeds cost about the same per packet. Think about how many pounds of veggies you can get from a single packet then what you pay $3 for at the store.
If digging around in the Earth just isn’t your forte, make friends with a green-thumbed neighbor who will sell or give you’re their extra produce. Need another alternative? Make a visit to your Farmers markets for some of the freshest produce around at an affordable price.
2. Turn Off the Air Conditioning
Don’t think you can bear the sweltering heat? Just hear us out. Rather than running your AC all day and night once the summer months hit, monitor your local weather channel to look for opportunities to save. If you are going to have an unusually cool night, turn off the air before you head to bed and open a few windows. For better cross ventilation, open windows on opposite sides of your home and set up a fan to pull out your home’s warmer daytime air. Take advantage of opportunities to cool down outside of the house by visiting a local pool or splashing around in some water, leaving your AC to rest until you need it most.
Bonus Tip: Save your air conditioning unit from working too hard by replacing your air filter before the summer months.
3. Fire Up the Grill
If you’ve spent any time in the kitchen, then you know just how much turning on your oven or stove can heat up your home, causing your family to crank up that air conditioning and consequentially, your utility bill. Keep the inside of your house cool by firing up that barbecue grill outside. Cooking your meals over ordering in or eating out is another great way to cut costs all year-round. For more savings, consider inviting your family and neighbors over for a friendly pot-luck and patio entertainment, or make a recipe that allows you to incorporate some of the fresh produce you grew from your outdoor garden.
4. Hang Dry Your Laundry
Personally, I hang dry most of my clothes all year round. Not only does it keep clothes in their best condition and prevent premature wearing, but it’s also a great way to save on drying costs during your laundry cycle. Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of hang drying techniques because of the warm, dry weather. Whether you choose to hang dry your clothes inside or out, you’ll be amazed at how fresh the summer breeze can leave your clothes smelling. Depending on your climate, hang drying your laundry should take no time at all!