Summer can be pretty expensive, whether its theme park admissions, drinking nights on the patio, or summer vacation plans. Not to mention, kids are out of school at this point, resulting in an increase of funding towards daily activities or daycare for some. With that being said, it doesn’t have to be as bad as you think. For us, the summer months are in fact, the most affordable, and that is why I’m here to share what works for us. Regardless of your financial situation, here are a few ways to save hundreds of dollars during the warmer months.
1) Swap Your Car for a Bike
Everyone knows that gas typically gets a bit pricier during the summer months, as road trips and travel become more prevalent – try cutting that expense by riding your (or borrowing a friend’s) bike. The exercise is a lovely bonus, not to mention you’re less likely to be caught up in traffic (because who has time for that!) while completing errands. If you’ve got a dog with you, walking works wonders as well.
2) Enjoy the Outdoor Lifestyle
Savor the warm weather with hikes, swimming, beach dates, picnics, BBQs and adventuring! In the summer, we tend to swap our extensive foodie adventures on weekends for these types of activities, and its amazing how efficient this is for saving money. My favorite is building a tent at the beach, and returning to it after a nice swim to brainstorm ideas on my iPad, or read. Be sure to enjoy these opportunities before Autumn arrives!
3) Free Events
As the temperature increases, so do the presence of events that are free and local. Be sure to consult your community resources (perhaps a recreation calendar?) to see when and where these will be occurring, and what attractions will be available. I remember when I was younger, my parents would take us to “free admission day” at the local pool, or we’d go to community festivals over long weekends.
4) Meal Strategy
We found that drinking smoothies from our blender resulted in less hassle, and ultimately, less meal spending (partially due to our outdoors activities, as mentioned earlier). Seasonal fruit bought at stands are usually a decent deal in comparison to our usual runs to Whole Foods (still love you, WF!), and may be the reason why I also feel healthier during the summer months. It may not seem like this tip would save hundreds of dollars, however local fruit as your main meal staple over a few weeks can really make a difference.
5) Substitute Your Hotel with a Yurt
Yurts are all the rage this year, as it appears to be the middle ground between camping and staying at a hotel. Perfect for those looking to travel on a budget and save hundreds of dollars, or avoid sleeping directly on the ground, this may be a unique option to try. I’ve heard there are decent yurt resorts along the coast of California, and in Whistler, BC.
What are your summer saving tips? Let us know in the comments below! 🙂