School is out for the kids, the weather is nice and warm, and everything seems perfect. You have planned your holidays, but there is still a lot of things that need to be arranged.
The summer period is one where I can save the most money and have the most fun! I’m a naturally frugal person, but there are many activities that you can do that will make summer even more affordable.
Summer is a great time to go outside and explore. You can go on hikes, go for a camping trip, walk your dog, go for a run, go for a swim, have a BBQ, ride your bike, visit friends, go to the beach, go to a nearby lake, and more.
You don’t have to ride your bike with a purpose, many people are just biking around in summer in a nice piece of nature. They pause for a drink or something to eat along the way, and they return.
A lot of gyms give you the option to pause your gym membership in the summer. If you love working out outside, this can be a great option to save some money! Go for a run, a swim, or simply take your workout outside.
Some short tips for saving money in summer, that will allow you to travel on a budget are: – Ask for a discount at your holiday accommodation – Eat like a local – Buy groceries and don’t go out to eat every day
If you’re having an AC, you can save a lot of money by turning up your AC a few degrees. Only put your AC on when people are in the house, or expecting to be home soon.
If you don’t have one yet, a programmable thermostat is something you might want to invest in. They can be affordable and make you the money back in just a few months.
Going to the library can be a great way to find something fun to do. Find a good book to read, find a movie to watch, or simply wander around checking if there is anything you like.
I am a big advocate for weekly meal planning. It’s something that has completely changed the way I eat. I’m eating healthier, I’m saving money on groceries, and there is minimal food waste.
Finding free fun around the area you live in is the most fun way to save money in the summer and cross things off your summer bucket list. Probably you have a website or online calendar where you can find free events that are offered.