Summer is right around the corner. Before long the kids will be done with school. Grills will be filling the streets with smells of burgers and hot dogs. The ice cream truck will be jangling down the street. Summer is the time to enjoy the world, and boy can that be expensive! Your wallet can take a hit if your summer budget gets out of control. But, you can keep things under control.
Here are a few summer budget tips so that you can have fun and keep your finances in check!
Shop For Travel Deals
Travel and leisure activities abound during the summer months. These can add up to big spending amounts if you’re not careful. The good news is that you can often find deals. Look through Groupon or other apps. Visit travel websites or those of places you’d like to go. There are often specials. If you want to get away, look for places like AirBnB. This can reduce the cost compared to more expensive hotel options.
Pay For What You Can Afford
It’s tempting to go all out for that great family adventure. This is all great so long as you can afford it. Summer fun is not worth going into debt for. If you can’t afford to pay off your summer fun, look for ways to cut back.
Save All Year Around
It may be too late to stash money aside this year, but make a plan for next year. Stick a hundred bucks per month aside, and you’ll have more freedom next year.
Mix In Free Things
Summer doesn’t have to be all about money to have fun. Picnics at the park are a free option, but still make great times. Bike rides along local trails are another free adventure. A hike along the woods? That doesn’t cost anything at all if you do it right. Working in some free options is a great way to keep your summer budget in line.
Enjoy Your Personal Space
If you have a patio or deck, summer is the time to use it! Invite over neighbors or friends and enjoy some drinks or a dinner. It’s a great way to have fun and keep money in your summer budget for other things.
Adjust Your Air Conditioning
A big cost that can blow a summer budget is air conditioning. When it gets hot, you have to shut the windows and keep things cool. That makes sense, but look for ways to reduce your A/C bills. If you can, open the windows at night. If you’re gone during the day, don’t run the A/C all day. Change your filters to make sure your A/C is running efficiently. If you can save $20 per month during the summer month, that can equal an extra evening out!
Consider Seasonal Memberships
Zoos, museums, and beaches often offer seasonal passes. If you use these options regularly, an annual pass can save you big time. We use several annual memberships to our advantage. On top of saving money, you always have a fallback plan if you can’t think of anything to do!
Hopefully these ideas help prevent your summer budget from stressing you out. With the warm, long days ahead, having one less thing to worry about is all for the better!
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