As schools are underway, summer seems to slowly be slipping away. Even Starbucks is wishing for fall sooner than usual, launching their infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte this week. However, there are still a few weeks of summer left to enjoy before fall rolls around! End of the summer celebrations and cookouts can come with additional expenses that might not always be so friendly to your wallet. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares tips on how to save your wallet with end of the summer expenses and trips that typically come every year.
A major budget buster in the summer is falling into the trap of vacation procrastination. If you are planning to take a vacation before the end of the summer, do yourself a favor and plan ahead. The closer you wait to book your vacation the higher the rates are likely to be. You can even take it one step further and follow discount sites and their social media accounts to keep any eye out for deals or discounts to your summer vacation destination.
No matter if you drive, fly or even take a train to your vacation spot, another great money saving tip is to bring your snacks with you. Skipping airport food or multiple stops to convenience stores on the road, will not only save you time in your travels but will also add up to a decent amount of money saved. Granola bars, fruit, nuts and crackers are easy and portable snacks that will save your wallet while traveling and keep you energized.
When it comes to your home during the summer months, there are several energy-saving tips that you should be sure to put into place to save you cash. Before you crank up your air conditioner on warm summer days, allow the cool air in the morning and at night to cool your home, if possible. It also helps tremendously to keep blinds closed during the day to keep the heat from the sun out and the cool in.
Summer can often lead to eating out more with friends and family, so consider hosting a “dine-in” experience over dining out. You can have your guests bring their choice of food and beverage and ever rotate who hosts the dinners every month. This is a great way to save money while still being able to enjoy a great, relaxing meal with friends.
If possible, steer clear from using heat-producing appliances such as ovens, dishwashers and washing machines during the warmest part of the day, which is typically from 2pm-8pm. Air drying clothes in the summer is a great way to reduce electricity use.
Water is another thing to watch in your home to prevent more money from going down the drain. Use low-flow faucets and shower heads If possible and water your plants during the early morning hours. It is also a great time to get your home fall and winter ready, by replacing air filters, cleaning out gutters and weatherproofing windows and doors.
For those of you who are dealing with your kids being home from school during summer break, keep your kids busy with summer activities without breaking the bank to do so. When deciding on what activities work best for your kids, it’s also a great idea to consider any budget trade-offs. For example, does a camp or activity serve meals? Is it close to home? Is there any equipment or supplies needed to participate? It is also a great idea to check local community centers and churches to see what affordable options are in your area.
Curious about some free activities you could get your kids into this summer? Consider things such as park visits, library trips, local beaches and outdoor concerts.
These simple tips this summer can really add up and allow you to enjoy the rest that summer has to offer without breaking the bank.
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