As we approach the summer months, it’s easy to get swept up in the trend of overspending. Whilst it’s not a concentrated spend like it is when it comes to the holidays, so we’re not aiming for a particular day, we tend to let our cash disappear gradually over time. We think that certain things are a necessity rather than something that we want to either fit in or ease our day to day living with little thought for the consequences; can you actually afford what you’re buying, and will you have enough money left over from your purchase to see you through to your next big spend? It can be hard to gauge just how much you’re putting away, especially when you’re a parent and there’s a little person helping you to do it.
So with that in mind, here are the top money-saving tips ahead of time – something to sit down and think about when you’re next searching for your purse!
Holiday Closer To Home
We see summer as vacation season, striving for hotter climates and visions of sandy beaches with a crystal clear sea gently lapping the shore. In reality, we’re missing out on perfectly good weather around us, with no need to take a flight or long journey to experience it. Have you ever thought about what’s on your doorstep, just ready and waiting to be explored? For every town, there is an attraction within it or near to it. There are resorts, hotels, and even camping sites to visit and stay at. If you have family who lives in a nice destination, sees if you can visit them for a short stay and use it as a chance to catch up with one another – it’s like hitting two birds with one stone, as it will be cheaper for you but also a great holiday.
Don’t Buy Full Price
There are so many sites that are dedicated to helping you find items for cheaper than you usually would. It’s one of the amazing benefits of using the internet to shop. For example, on DontPayFull.com, you can look for coupons, offers and vouchers to use in conjunction with any purchase that you are going to make. It’s definitely not something to turn your nose up at – you could be saving yourself a small fortune with each transaction that you make. Simply pop in the store that you are wanting to do your shop at and see if there are any deals that you can cash in on. It really is that easy.
Spend A Day Indoors
You know what? It’s okay for kids to be bored. It’s actually important for their development to spend some time trying to work out how to entertain themselves. Over the summer break, you don’t need to worry about keeping them busy every single day with outside activities that you have to pay for. Not only is it a stress to you to keep up the level of activities that they are going to grow accustomed to, but children naturally grow to expect more and more of what you are offering them. Switch off all technology that they may gravitate towards and see what you can do together. Look for things that offer work to get the reward; baking is a great example, and so is cooking and crafting in general. As long as you have something to show as a record of your achievement together, this is all that matters.
Get It In The Sale!
There are so many products which drastically reduce in price the closer to the end of the year that you get. It’s not so much about waiting for the January sales, but more so the September/October sales for the summer stuff that you have been coveting. For instance, if you have been looking at a garden furniture set for you and a paddling pool for the kids, chances are it will remain at a high price until it starts getting cooler – at which point it will drastically drop. It’s not so much a money-saving tip for this summer, but something that can be utilized in the years to come.
Don’t Invest In Trends
There are some styles which are classic and timeless. The Little Black Dress is a staple in most women’s wardrobes, and red lipstick isn’t going to start going off the fashion scene anytime soon. However, there are some trends (or should we call them fads?) that crop up over the summer, especially in terms of children’s toys/clothing. This isn’t something that should be invested in, but rather avoided. It’s a lot of money spent on something that they’re not going to be interested in in a few weeks or will have grown out of in a few months. Stick with the things have stood the test of time over the years; traditional board games, characters that never really fade away. If you have the money spare to throw at stuff like this every once in awhile then go for it, but otherwise, keep it tightly tucked away in your wallet.
Walk – Don’t Drive!
Not only will you be helping the environment by walking to the places that you need to get to, but it’s also great for your general fitness and a brilliant bonding activity. Most of us are taking rides to places that are just around the corner, and are seeing a 10-minute walk as something that is preventable rather than doable. We are meant to be aiming for at least 8,000 steps a day to keep up a good level of fitness, but most of us aren’t achieving this figure. Think of the amount of gas that you will be saving just by cutting out the unnecessary drives. Getting out and about even just for a leisurely stroll without the intent of using anywhere as a final destination is something that can be done also – you don’t have to be going anywhere in particular. Round up the troops and start walking!