Here are some tips on how to save money this summer:
Go Easy on the AC
Many air conditioning units now have timers on them. Take full advantage of these to make sure you aren't cooling a house with no one in it. Either turn off the unit completely when you leave the house for more than four hours, or use the timer to set it to turn on right before you come back. On a cool night, try opening your window and use the breeze as a way to cool your home.
Bills Go Down When You Go Out
One of the best things about summer is making food on the grill. This has several other benefits as it helps to keep the house cool and keeps electricity bills down. Grilling outside is a great way to bring the family together and enjoy the fresh food that summer is known for, with a barbecue or picnic. Even better -- it is a cheap form of entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Furthermore, hanging your wet clothes on a clothesline to dry saves electricity and makes your clothes smell like fresh air. If you water your lawn, make sure you do it during the coolest part of the day, or not at all if rain is in the forecast.
Try the Farmer's Market
Farmers' markets have gained popularity in recent years, and they reach their peak in summer. Visit farmer's markets to save money on fresh produce. Farmers' markets are known for having cheaper produce than grocery stores as farmers are directly selling produce to you, rather than going through a middleman. Throughout the summer, different produce is in season at different times -- like sweet corn in August -- which will help you save even more money by choosing to buy when it's most plentiful. You can even think about starting your own garden as a fun family activity, and as away to save money. Your family will thank you as the product is fresher and tastes better.
If the Go-Go's were the Ho-Ho's, they would have written the song, "Staycation." If you aren't finding any good travel deals, consider vacationing at home. Staycations were made popular years ago with the downfall of the economy. However, they are still an economical and fun way to enjoy a vacation. Instead of hitting the road for a cross-country tour, try to find things to do in your own area or even right at home. Visit a local national park to go on a hike, check out a local beach or set up your own version of a waterpark right in your backyard. Families who love camping can set up a tent and fire to make smores and tell scary stories right in their backyard as well.
Summer entertainment and fun doesn't have to drain your budget. Instead, look for fun ways to enjoy the beautiful weather with your family and friends right at home or in your area. Finding alternative ways to enjoy summer days will make it more enjoyable and memorable all the way around.