It’s summer — time for picnics, swimming and road trips! But all these fun activities come with a price tag. Even if you’re frugal, you probably won’t be able to avoid spending more money than necessary on things like gas, food and travel this season. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to reduce your summer expenses so that they don’t feel quite so harsh on your wallet. Check out these OG Pay life hacks that will help you save money this summer.
Go grocery shopping once a month
Yes, you’ll need to spend a few hundred dollars more on food per month. But if you divide that increased expense by the number of months in the summer, you’ll see that it’s not that much more. Shopping once a month will help you think what are those staples you really need and not spend on occasional whims. Doing your grocery shopping in advance can also force you to cook more at home, saving you the money you spend when eating out.
Don’t run the AC constantly
When you run your AC constantly, you’re likely spending too much money, that’s why we suggest you turn it off during the “cold” or fresh times of the day: morning and late evening. Also, turn it off if you’re leaving! There is no point of letting it run if you’re not going to enjoy it. Even if you’re able to lower the temperature in your home a few degrees, you’ll save a lot of money, cover the windows and try to cook cold meals instead of baked ones. A great additional point if you turn off your AC for a while is that you’ll be helping the environment by reducing your carbon footprint.
Only use your car when necessary
We’re going through a rough patch with fuel prices, so, if you only use your car when you absolutely have to, you’ll save a lot of money. Public transportation is a great way to save money, but if you live in a rural area, it might not be an option. Instead, try carpooling with a friend. Or, if you don’t have anyone you can carpool with, use a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft.
Stay in for movie night
Going out to the movies is an amazing summer activity, but it can also be incredibly expensive. Instead, host a movie night at your house and make a few finger foods. You can even invite your neighbors so that it’s not just a solo event. If you really want to splurge, you can even use a DIY popcorn maker to create tasty, buttery popcorn.
If you keep these simple life hacks in mind, you should be able to save some money this summer. Even small savings can add up over time, and when you’re able to save money, it gives you more freedom to live your life the way you want to. Now, it’s important to remember that no one single trick is going to be the magic bullet to saving tons of cash. You’ll get the most savings when you combine all of these tips.
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