It seems like money often runs thin during the summer. Have you noticed this? With the kids home full time and eating more, you have the added expense of a higher food budget. Plus it’s hard to see neighbors and friends heading out to non-stop vacations and camping tricks when it feels like just one will stretch your budget to its max. Is this how you are feeling this summer?
Check out these money saving tips for summer to see how you can get more out of your summer!
Put your gym membership on hold. The weather is gorgeous and there is no need to head into the gym to work out. Find some hikes or a local track to do your work out and put your gym membership on hold temporarily. For some of us, that will save a good amount of money in itself.
Hit up the thrift shop. Sure we all want new clothes for summer, but how much are we really going to be able to wear them? When shopping for clothes for just one season, consider shopping at thrift stores and clearance racks. I don’t know about you, but I refuse to pay full price for clothes that can only be worn for three months out of the year!
Pick your own produce. My favorite thing about summer is all of the fresh fruit growing! This is a great opportunity to save big on your produce. Find a U-Pick farm and pay significantly less than you would at the grocery store. I often find berries for as low as $1 per pound. Plus, it's a fun adventure for you and the kids to pick your produce!
Use online discount travel sites for planning vacations – Are you planning a big vacation? There are quite a few discount travel sites such as Orbitz or Travelocity that can save you big when you are scheduling your trip. Also, be sure and check out deal sites such as Groupon and Living Social for vacation deals.
Plan a Potluck BBQ – Everyone likes a Summertime BBQ, but for the host it really can get quite expensive. If you are wanting to plan a cookout, consider making it a potluck! Most people are happy to bring a dish or two. In addition to saving big, you will also save yourself a lot of time and work.
Do your car maintenance – With summertime being a prime time to take a road-trip, make sure your car maintenance is kept up to date. Even simple maintenance like properly aired up tires and a clean air filter can make a significant difference in your gas mileage.