Getting Creative about Summer Saving and Spending

Hi all! The first week of school has me exhausted, so I’ve been taking a bit of a blog break, but I wanted to check in and share some a guest post with you today. Shaye from Simply Shaye is sharing ways you can save as summer winds down and school starts again (for those of you haven’t yet started) or ways you can rebuild that bank account after supply shopping (in my case!). Please welcome Shaye – she’s kicking off my Quick Tips guest posting series!

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“No more pencils, no more books.  No more teacher’s dirty looks!”  For some, summer vacation can mean fun in the sun,  but for families struggling to make the financial ends meet, summer vacation may only mean the longest days of the year.  If you fall into this mindset, think again.  There are proven ways you and your family can work together to save money and even bring in some cash to help fund your summer vacation dreams!  Here are four ideas to get you started:

Double Up
Create a summer meal plan based on your grocery store sale flier, and double the recipe.  Shopping the sales saves money, and doubling the recipe saves time and money!  Cooking once to eat twice gets you out of the kitchen (and enjoying your summer!) for half of the time and it saves the energy cost of cooking.  Your oven will not be on as long, and your house will stay cooler as well!

Ditch the Air
Speaking of keeping the house cool, if you live in an area where your average summer temps aren’t spiking to the 100-degree-mark, consider turning off the air conditioning.  Portable fans, ceiling fans, and open windows can effectively move the air inside your home.  This tip is especially helpful during the evening hours.  Cutting down on the amount your air conditioner is on will also cut down on your electricity costs.

Dog-Sitting
Are you an animal-loving family?  Consider welcoming in someone’s pet while they are on vacation. People pay a high rate to board their dogs while they are away.  Offering a home-setting, dog boarding service to vacationers helps owners to know that their pets are being loved and cared for, and provides you with some income for your own summer plans!

Downsize
Have some extra “stuff” laying around the house?  Haven’t worn or used items in your closet for some time?  Hold a traditional garage sale or sell your items on eBay.  This is a great way to clean out your closets and stockpile the savings!

Summer is a time of creativity and adventure, and saving or making money in the summertime need not be any less creative and adventurous.  Try some of these tips, or use them to get you thinking about your own ways of saving and making money for the summer of your dreams.

Shaye is a single mom that has a passion for family, budgeting, healthy living, fitness, and travel. She loves finding new ways to cook healthier and stay fit, all while doing it on a budget. She has a beautiful son and one eccentric dog, but wouldn’t have it any other way.. Follow her blog at http://simplyshaye.wordpress.com

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Thanks so much, Shaye! This is the first in a series of posts I hope to share with quick tips for you, dear readers. Have a few quick tips on health & beauty, fitness, saving time and/or money, parenting or anything else, please send an email to echoleigh@gmail.com.