Summer is a time when plenty of money can go out the window now that the long winter is over and you are in the mood to do some spending on, well, fun. To resist breaking your budget and end the summer in debt, you can still do plenty without blowing everything. There are plenty you can do around the house without hiring out, or going out to purchase for that matter, that you can help to make your wallet a little heavier this summer, to enjoy well into fall at least.
Let Some Fresh Air In
With the summer heat starting to rise, with its peak coming in a month or two, you have definitely noticed the air conditioner kicking on quite a bit, even if you have yet to get the utility bill come in yet showing the increase, but you soon will. Before the costs start to skyrocket out of control, take advantage of the cool nights at least and open the window for fresh air while you sleep, and give the air conditioner a rest, as well as your wallet. It’s pretty unavoidable to go without air entirely, but if you have some cool days, it may be nice to capitalize, especially once allergy season is over.
Plant a Garden to Enjoy into Fall
If you have never tested your hand in a garden of your own just yet, you would be surprised how much you can grow with little work, that will probably last into fall, having more than you can eat in time. Last year we had so many that we had to start giving to friends, family, and even chopping up and freezing because we didn’t want to go to waste. You have your pick in all sorts of types of tomatoes, peppers, and greens that you can grow, so try spending a few dollars, planting, and watering, and you could save on your produce bill all summer.
Collect Free Water with a Rain Barrel
One bill that starts to add up quickly in the summer is your water bill, and unfortunately since it comes quarterly, you never know how quite bad it’s going to be until it comes, so you can start taking precautions now to save yourself the shock when the bill comes in the mail down the road. You can make an initial investment of a rain barrel that you can hook up to your gutter, and instead of flowing into the ground and sewer as it normally would, you can collect so you can use to water your garden and flowers without the use of a hose.
Take Care of Landscaping
Hiring out comes with a price, because let’s face it, you don’t want to do it, so of course landscapers can charge top dollar. Lawn services can be cheaper, but really, it’s not that bad to cut the grass once a week, unless you are physically unable to, so same should go in the rest of the yard. You can add a little curb appeal by framing out portions with landscaping bricks or timbers that you can fill in with dirt and flowers, that may put a little strain on your back, but a little at a time and will still be a fraction of the price as it would be otherwise.
Host Parties Instead of Going Out
On the topic of fraction of the cost, going out to eat can be up there as one of the biggest markups that eat away at your wallet, and while yes, it is great to have someone cook, serve, and clean up for you, if you get a shopping list together to cook outside on the grill and stock the bar with drinks, you can entertain at your house without having to go anywhere, and it still feels like you are doing something.
Check Off Inside Projects on a Hot Day
You don’t always have to save inside projects for a rainy day, they can also be best used when it is just too hot to work outside. Cleaning the basement is a great way to avoid the summer heat, being in the coldest part of the house while you straighten up. Also, painting projects can be completed in the air conditioning, also saving plenty of money by not hiring out, because if it were cheap, everyone would want to paint. Fortunately, I don’t mind painting, so I will always opt to a few days of painting misery compared to hundreds or thousands to hire out.