When we were younger, our summers, and holidays even, were defined by the school calendar. However, even if we and our children are long out of school, this is still a good time to practice some solid money-saving tips that will more than offset the increased utility costs.
Let’s start by ensuring that we are maximizing our comfort. Wear light colored cotton clothing and sheets. Ensure your ceiling fans are set to the counter-clockwise setting, this works to cool the room during summer. Try to run your clothes dryer and dishwasher at night so that less heat is generated during the daytime. Be sure to turn down your water heater. Also, block the sun at the hottest part of the day with blinds.
This is a good time of year to buy fresh produce and eat plenty of salads – you will enjoy the variation in your diet and by not cooking, will limit the additional heat in your home. On a hot summer day, nothing is more refreshing than simple water and if you want to add some flavor, squeeze a bit of lemon or add a slice of cucumber.
If you are retired, then you already know that one great way to save money on travel is by taking advantage of last minute travel deals. Subscribe to a number of discount travel sites and have your passport handy and be prepared for some exotic travel options at a moment’s notice and at a savings.
One of the best ways to save money over the summer is by taking advantage of the numerous free activities hosted by nearly all towns and cities. Local community centers, universities, newspapers, websites would be great resources to find free and local events. Some public libraries will even offer free classes or programs. Not to mention the numerous opportunities for free online classes.
This is a great time of year to work in the garden and generally spend more time outdoors. Just bringing lunch to the park is an adventure and can make any meal feel more special.