With summer approaching, you may be looking for a way to put a little money aside. Having something extra to pay bills or buy books for school will be nice in the fall. There are many things you can do to bring in some cash, or save money by not paying for things you could really do without. All you need is a little imagination and the willingness to work hard or skip a few luxuries. Following are a few ways to save money this summer.
Turn Off the Air Conditioning
Summer is the time for getting out in the fresh air and enjoying yourself. There are numerous activities you can engage in that will help you pass the time. So many, in fact, that you won’t miss the air conditioning in your home. You may as well turn it off and save on the electric bill.
Cook On the Grill
You can save money by cooking on the grill instead of using your gas or electric cook stove. Grilling outside will help you appreciate the warm weather. If you choose relatively inexpensive cuts of meat and eat hot dogs and hamburgers a couple of times week, you will be able to save a lot of money–and if you treat yourself to a steak once in a while, you won’t feel like you’re depriving yourself of good food.
Forget about the Clothes Dryer
Warm weather and sunshine are good for more than simply giving you a bad sunburn. You can save money by letting the sun dry your clothes. Instead of running your electric or gas dryer, hang your clean clothes outside on a clothes line. They will not only dry quickly, but they will smell naturally fresh.
Take Your Vacation at Home
Instead of taking an expensive trip to some exotic location, try taking a ‘staycation.’ This is a relatively new term that means taking your vacation at home. You can save quite a bit of money by skipping the long drives and pricy hotels. Spend your vacation lounging around your backyard pool or patio. Swing in a hammock and allow your worries to fade away, and save money in the process.
Skip Pay-Per-View Events
There are many things you can do in warm weather that you can’t engage in during the winter. Instead of sitting in front of the television and watching pay-per-view movies and special events, you should get out and take a walk around the block or watch a ball game at the local park.
Take a ‘Scenic’ Vacation
If you get tired of your ‘staycation,’ and still have some time for a real vacation, you could still save some money by taking a scenic vacation. Instead of going to a theme park or some other expensive vacation destination, you could simply take a long, scenic drive. A driving vacation around the Great Lakes or to a National Park near where you live won’t cost nearly as much as taking the family to Disneyland, especially if you stay at the less expensive ‘mom and pop’ motels instead of the larger national chains.
Use Alternate Transportation
Since the weather is warm and generally nice during the summer, it is the perfect opportunity to use alternate transportation going to and from work or to run errands. Ride a bicycle or walk. It is good exercise, and if you leave a little early, you won’t be rushed and can enjoy the trip.
Be Frugal at Festivals and Special Events
Just because you intend to save a little money this summer, it doesn’t mean you have to skip doing the type of things you enjoy. If you like to go to festivals and special events, be frugal in how you spend your money while you’re there. Take a cooler and carry your own water, soft drinks, and snacks. Avoid buying unnecessary keepsakes. Instead, buy a couple of relatively inexpensive items to help you remember the trip.
A good way to save money during the summer months is to conserve water, which will lower your water bill. Take shorter showers and don’t let the faucet run while you’re brushing your teeth. Avoid watering your lawn and use a public car wash instead of washing your car yourself.
Take Another Job
Probably the best way to save money this summer is use your time wisely by taking another job. If you do go this route, avoid spending the extra income. Instead you should put the entire amount in a savings account so it will collect interest. The money is sure to be useful somewhere down the line.
Guest post from Tracy Sheldon. Tracy writes about boat insurance for BoatInsurance.org.