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Summer Savings

Summer Savings


As temperatures rise, so can costs.   Basic budgeting know-how applies anytime of the year, but a few additional tips can help you save even money during the summer.

-         Check when you do and do not need the air conditioning. This doesn’t mean you have to suffer through sweltering heat, but you do be aware of the weather so that you can maximize efficiency and save money by using air conditioning only when needed. For example, if it is going to be a cool night, turn off the air before heading to bed and open a few windows.


-         Cook outside. Using the stove or baking in the oven can create a lot of excess heat that has nowhere to go except in your house. Consider taking meal plans to the barbecue grill outside so that you can keep your cool inside.


-         Dry outside. If you have the ability to hang up laundry outside, let the sun and warm summer breeze do the drying for you. Even if you can’t hang up clothes outside, try using your dryer on a lower heat setting or only partially drying your shirts and letting them air dry the rest of the way.


-         Replace your air conditioner filters. This can be easy to overlook, but a dirty filter can increase cooling costs. Dirty filters restrict the airflow and the efficiency of the air conditioner, which translates into more run time and higher cooling costs. Filters are cheap, so replace them regularly.


-         Watch for deals on entertainment. Kids out of school will often look for entertainment in the form of movies, amusement parks and other pricey excursions.  For amusement parks, hold out for promotional offers, which are frequent in the summer. You may also save money by purchasing tickets in advance online or by buying a multi-day or season pass. As in movie theaters, try to avoid all the expensive food once you're in the gates.


-         Plan the picnic. The concert may be free, but filling the picnic basket isn’t. Buying foods at the last minute that you don’t normally buy, like cheeses, wine and other finger foods, can cost a bundle. Planning ahead and shopping with a list at the grocery store will prevent you from paying extra.

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