4 Summer Saving Money Ideas

With summer events, vacation, garden maintenance, air conditioning cost,  and the children home from school, summer can take control of your wallet. Fortunately, multiple summer bills mean there are multiple opportunities to save money…

1. Grow You Own Food

Growing your own food can really cut down on grocery bills. Seeds only cost $2-3 per packet, and seedlings cost about the same per plant. Considering how many pounds of tomatoes you can get from a single plant versus how many pounds of tomatoes you can buy at the store for $3, both seeds and seedlings are a great deal. If gardening isn’t your forte, make friends with green-thumbed neighbors who will give or sell you their excess produce. Farmers markets are also a great alternative, since they are cheaper and carry some of the freshest produce available. (For more on the benefits of frugality, read Save Money The Scottish Way.)

2. Child Care and Entertainment

To save money at the movies, get a subscription to a movie rental service or go to matinées and refuse the temptation of movie theater snacks. As for amusement parks, hold out for promotional offers, which are frequent in the summer. As in movie theaters, try to avoid all the expensive food once you’re i the gates. (To learn more about how to save money this summer, read Sneaky Strategies That Fuel Overspending and Budget-Friendly Summer Fun.)

3.Patio Parties

If you like to entertain or spend time outdoors, chances are you’ll want to purchase some patio furniture. Buy your patio furniture late in the season or near major entertaining holidays like Memorial Day and July 4th to get a price break. Buy durable, low-maintenance items because patio furniture is subjected to the elements and tends to fade, crack and break. (To learn how to save money at the grocery store, read Five Money-Saving Shopping Tips.)

4.Monthly Bills

Consider limiting your AC use to the time of day when you need it most. Some people like to be cooler while they sleep; others may need the air more during the day while doing household chores like cooking and cleaning. When you’re doing something that involves sitting still, like watching TV, turn on a fan rather than AC. When you leave the house, turn the AC off. When you have the AC on, close doors to areas like closets and bathrooms that don’t have vents and don’t need to be cooled. Make sure the air filters in your air conditioning unit are clean – dirty ones will make your system work harder than it needs to, costing you money.

What are some ways you save money during the Summer?

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