We have another holiday coming up soon and I am looking forward to it. Having these experiences and time away together is really important to us. Sure, holidays are an expense but they are a worthwhile one. We can afford them by living frugally to save up. If you are budgeting for a holiday, or anything else for that matter, you might appreciate these summer money saving ideas.
Ten money saving ideas for the summer
1# Stop using your tumble dryer
When the weather is fine during the summer, dry your laundry on the washing line. I am surprised at the number of people I know who still stick it in the tumble dryer when they could hang it outside to dry for free.
I know it takes a bit of organisation, especially if you work full time. I used to put washing on as soon as I got home from the office and hang it on the line that night. You obviously need to check the weather forecast first!
Line dried washing smells so much nicer I think, as well as saving you lots. It’s better for the environment too. If you don’t have a washing line, it will be a worthwhile investment. I prefer a rotary one such as this one from Amazon as it takes up less space than a traditional line.
2# Boot sales and garage sales
I couldn’t do a summer money saving ideas round up without including boot sales! I don’t enjoy getting up early, but I do love to find a bargain and boot sales are the place to do it. I buy most of my clothes second hand at boot sales – I don’t care who knows it. Buying second hand is good for your wallet and the environment, as I argued in this post.
Garage sale trails also seem to be increasing in popularity and are great fun. You can have a look around somewhere new whilst you are picking up some amazing bargains.
You can also make money at boot sales, as Emma Drew explained in this post.
3# Pack a picnic
I love to pack a picnic and go to the beach, the country park or for a long walk somewhere when the weather is fine. We are frequently happy to have one to eat whilst looking at people queuing for expensive (and sometimes disappointing) food at various events we have been to!
Don’t just think sandwiches either. You can make salads, quiches, sausage rolls, fruit salads and more. Even if you buy everything from the supermarket, it will still be cheaper than purchasing lunch at a restaurant. Don’t forget drinks either. We always take coffee, and have been known to pack beers and Prosecco too if we are feeling posh.
4# Watch out for free local events
Look out for the What’s On pages on the website of your local newspaper and councils to find free, or very cheap, local events. Facebook can also be great for finding out what is happening in your local area.
The tourist office and local libraries will also publicise events, so keep an eye on the noticeboards.
By searching ‘What’s on Essex’, I found summer exhibitions, a pop festival, a food and craft market, a series of lectures and a couple of fetes – all with free entry.
5# Dust off the barbecue
Instead of eating out with friends or spending lots of money in the pub, host a barbecue. You could keep the costs down by asking everyone to bring something for the barbecue or a salad, plus a bottle of something.
B&M can be good for buying barbecue equipment at reasonable prices.
6# Save on tourist attractions and city breaks
If you are doing a city break, it is worth checking to see if you can buy a tourist ticket bundle. For example, DiscountLondon.com offers five top attractions for £78.65, saving you over £39 on the gate prices. We found similar deals in Barcelona and Amsterdam, saving lots of money.
You can also get brilliant deals on attraction tickets that include accommodation with companies like Buyagift.co.uk, Great Little Breaks and Groupon. Be careful, though – sometimes the tickets are cheaper direct with the attraction bought in advance.
7# Grow your own food
The summer is the perfect time to experiment in the garden. How about growing some of your own food? There is a lot of satisfaction to be gained from the fresh air and exercise, not to mention the super fresh, unpackaged fruit and vegetables you produce.
We are lucky enough to have a couple of small veggie patches, but even if you only have a patio you can grow herbs, courgettes and tomatoes in pots and grow bags.
You can still get planting, even in July! The RHS website is a mine of useful information about what to plant and when.
8# Remember the simple things in life
Summer is the perfect time to explore life’s simple pleasures. If you have children or grandchildren, water and sand play will keep them occupied for hours. Press and dry some leaves and flowers to make cards and pictures. Make some ice lollies or blow some bubbles in the garden.
A walk in the woods is one of my absolute favourite things to do, especially when it’s hot. You can sit and relax under a shady tree and look at the wildlife.
When you can afford that much awaited summer holiday, it doesn’t need to cost you a fortune. Read this post about how to have the cheapest holidays.
Airbnb can be a very frugal way to find accommodation. We are moving from our festival to a beautiful looking chalet in someone’s garden. Much cheaper than a standard B&B or a hotel.
10# Don’t forget your cash back
Whatever you are spending your money on, before you make any online purchases this summer don’t forget to check a cash back site. Websites such as Top Cashback and Quidco will give you money back on tickets for venues such as Legoland, Alton Towers and various Sealife Centres, among other attractions, just for clicking through from their site. You can also get cashback on accommodation, travel and car hire.
I get annoyed with myself when I forget to do this, as it is so worthwhile. In fact, I have just withdrawn £100 from Top Cashback! That will go towards our holiday spending money.
I hope you found my list of summer money saving idea for summer useful. What do you do to save the pennies at this time of year?
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