Summer is a wonderful time. Rather than staying inside, it’s time to go out and about. The only problem is, the more time you spend out of the house, the more money you tend to spend. To curtail this spending, or at least to offset it, here are some useful tips for when it comes to saving money this summer.
1. Consolidate Trips To The Store
It stands to reason that the more often you go to the store, the more you’ll buy. Even if you only intend to pick up some milk or bread or what you need for dinner, you’ll often find that you walk out of the store with a lot more than you originally wanted.
The less you go to the store, the more money you’ll save. Try to head to the store just once a week and have a list with you. That way, it will be much easier to save money and only buy what you really need. Plus, when you’re shopping less, you’ll have more time to spend enjoying the summer sun and hanging out with friends and family.
2. Use Your AC Less
It might sound strange, even impossible, to suggest that you use your AC less. It’s true, this will save you money, but won’t it make your home unbearably hot and uncomfortable? The answer is not necessarily, depending on what other measures you put in place.
When the temperature drops to lower than 70 degrees, you can switch from using your AC to using the outside air instead. Open your windows, and you’ll find that your home cools down quite well. Of course, you must consider security, and you may want to install screens on your windows, but this will still be cheaper than running your AC all the time.
3. Don’t Buy Standard Sunglasses, Buy Clip-On
Sunglasses are wonderful; they can protect your eyes from many different conditions caused by UV rays, and they make being out in the sun a lot more comfortable. However, they can be very expensive, especially when you need prescription lenses. Therefore, don’t buy sunglasses, or at least not traditional ones. Instead, buy round polarized clip on sunglasses.
Clip-on sunglasses as a lot less expensive than standard ones, and if you do your research and ensure you buy them with UV protection and that they wrap around your eyeglasses completely, you should be just as safe as if you were wearing standard sunglasses – only you will have saved potentially hundreds of dollars in the process.
4. Don’t Pay For The Gym
In the winter, the gym is a great place to be. It’s safe, well-lit, and kept at a comfortable temperature. It’s probably the best option when it comes to working out. However, in the summer it’s different. In the summer, you have a lot more choices, and you can work out in the open air much more.
You might choose to go for a bike ride, a run, or even to do some exercises in your local park rather than in the enclosed space environment of the gym. Make the most of the good weather, but be careful; if it’s too hot, you might want to consider paying for the gym again, as sunstroke and dehydration are very bad for your health.