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Summer is here and school is out. Are you wondering how to save money this summer? Even with the summer heat, there is no reason why your bills should be going up and not down. Here is a list of my top 10 frugal tips to help you save money all summer long!
1. Turn up the air conditioning
Did you know that you can save around 3% on your monthly bill for every 1 degree increase in temperature? You can probably turn your air conditioning up by a few degrees without really noticing a real difference in temperature. But it will make a difference for your wallet 🙂
2. Use a fan
Give your air conditioner a break and use a fan instead. A fan uses half as much electricity as the air conditioner! Talk about savings!
Where I live, we don’t even have air conditioning. Rumour has it that air conditioning is illegal here in Switzerland, but I can’t really confirm that.
The best investment I made for myself this summer was by getting this tower fan. I have it on whenever I’m home and it helps me to keep cool during the warmest parts of the day.
3. Close the curtains/blinds
During the hottest part of the day, closing the curtains/blinds can prevent your house from getting too hot and humid. This means that your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard, saving you more money on your monthly bills!
Frugal tip: During the hottest part of the day, I make sure to close all the blinds and also shut the windows to prevent the hot, outside air from getting into my cool room
4. Take a staycation
Instead of stressing yourself out with travelling this summer, why not take a staycation? A staycation allows you to relax and truly take your mind off things that are bothering you and stressing you out, without having to add the stress of planning a trip!
I have decided that I am going to spend the entire month of August in Switzerland and just check out the (free) local events that are going on in my city. Also, I’m planning to do a lot of swimming in the lake and hiking in the mountains because it doesn’t cost me a single penny!
5. Air dry the laundry
Give your dryer a break. With the longer, sunnier days, your laundry can dry in no time.
I bought myself a drying rack and have been air drying my laundry at home. This saves me around $2.50 per load (that’s how much I would have to pay at the laundromat)! If you have your own dryer at home, the electricity cost of 1 hour of drying is estimated at around $0.50.
What’s more, air drying your laundry is environmentally-friendly too!
6. Take advantage of the longer days
Whenever possible, I try to take advantage of the natural light rather than turning on the lights at home. In the summer, the sun rises much earlier and sets almost after my bed time. This means that I can go most of the day without turning on my lights at all!
7. Take a swim
If you’re lucky and live close to a lake or beach, take a dip and you can instantly cool off from the summer heat.
For the city dwellers, don’t fret. You can also take a trip to the local swimming pool. It’s refreshing and also a great form of exercise
8. Skip the car
When the days are nice and sunny, why not take a walk to work, or even ride your bike? Not only does this help you save on gas, but you can also get fit on your daily commute to work!
Maaaybe you can even cancel your gym membership!
9. Stop buying bottled water
It is easy to get dehydrated and feel the urge to buy a bottle of water or soda to cool down. Stop!
Instead, carry a reusable water bottle and fill it up before you leave the home. You can even refill the bottle at restaurants, at the gym, at public water fountains, and more. Basically anywhere with clean, running water!
The water bottle that I swear by is the S’well water bottle which is cute, functional and works with both hot and cold liquids. If you fancy a bottle with a filter, then I recommend the Brita water bottle with filter. This is my go-to bottle for when I travel.
10. Cut down on the iced drinks or Frappuccino
I know it’s super tempting to step into the local Starbucks or 7-Eleven and order an iced drink, especially in the scorching hot days of summer. I’m also guilty of this myself.
Summer tends to be an expensive time of the year because school is out and entertainment costs tend to go up. Follow my list for 10 ways to save more money this summer. I promise your wallet will thank you for it!
Do you have any other tips to save money this summer?
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