Summer! Time to celebrate long days full of activities. But summer can also do a number on your wallet if you’re not careful. Here’s some quick tips to keep some extra jingle in your shorts pockets!
Yard sales are in full bloom. Before you buy that new item, check around for neighborhood yard sales bargains, online and facebook yard sale groups, and your local Goodwill stores. You can often find gently used toys, games and sports equipment. If you already have too much stuff, hold your own yard sale. Put reasonable prices on your items and they will sell.
Groceries from your back yard. Save money by growing your favorite vegetables and fruits in your yard, or your porch. Dedicate one night a week to a meatless meal that comes from the garden. Or shop for local produce – food in season is always cheaper!
Staycation. Every state has FREE and discounted things to do. Just google it and get going! Plus, don’t forget your memberships: (COSTCO, SAMS), credit unions, students, AARP and/or AAA often have discounts on items, events and places!
Do what the locals do. Many towns and cities have summer festivals, block parties, arts nights, etc., with plenty of free entertainment and food on the go. Meet your neighbors while you enjoy the offerings of your home town.
Do some homework even though school is out. There are tons of ways to save money and the Internet is a great source of coupons, discounts, tips and ideas. Just make sure the website or APP is legitimate so you are not spammed. A good idea is to create an e-mail address just for receiving store offers and coupons. Some great sites for discounts include www.aaa.com, http://www.lovemycreditunion.org/, www.aarp.com, and www.groupon.com. There are blogs dedicated to saving money – become a subscriber so you won’t miss out!
So, don’t be the guy or gal who paid too much when you don’t have to! Be smart and you will have some extra $$ this summer!