9 Ways To Save Money For Your Summer Adventures

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Now that the kids are out of school, vacations are booked, and things are busier than ever, it can seem like your wallet is constantly opening… and emptying. I’m on the quest to find simple ways to save money any way I can. Even if we aren’t going anywhere, every little bit helps to pay the AC bill here in Texas! 😉

Plus the more you can save on the things you do, the more things you can do. Maybe I should crown myself an Accidental Philosopher. Here are some ideas that you may not know existed:

  1. Drying Clothes on a ClotheslineGive the library a try for movies and books instead of buying them. They have a great selection at no cost! Stay in and watch a movie when it’s too hot, or pick up a good read for vacation. I just got a few audiobooks for walking the dog and love having someone read the books to me while I get the chore done.
  2. Host a book swap with friends. Get everyone together and ask them bring five books each. Give a book, take a book. You get a chance to read titles you wouldn’t usually pick. This also works great with kid’s books.
  3. Pack snacks and lunches for quick picnics while running around town or on day trips. I’ve got a cooler that I throw in the trunk just for this purpose. You won’t have to worry about finding a place that fits your waistline or everyone’s preferences, and you’ll save money in the process.
  4. Wash your clothes in cold water instead of warm or hot to cut energy costs. They’ll get just as clean and cost less to wash. If something has a stain that requires hot water, wash just that load in hot. If you dare, you can also dry your clothes outside like I do. No heating of the house with the AC on! Nature’s dryer. I really do this one. See the pic as proof!
  5. Plan out your meals ahead of time and make a list of food you need and coupons to use. This helps make use of items you already have on hand so they don’t go to waste. It also cuts down on multiple trips to the store because you forgot something – saving on gas and time.
  6. If you aren’t home as often during the summer, see if you can cut back to basic cable instead of all the bells and whistles. If you aren’t home to watch it, don’t pay for it if you don’t have to!
  7. Follow your favorite restaurants on Twitter and Facebook. Many of them offer special deals and coupons for their followers. Some also offer promotions for checking in on Yelp and Foursquare. Take advantage of them when you go out to eat.
  8. See if your local movie theater has a summer movie program. Ours here has 10 summer movies for $6. They aren’t the latest movie premieres, but are popular and entertaining family movies. This is a great deal to see faves again or catch ones you missed the first time.
  9. If you’re planning a trip to an amusement park, see if they offer group pricing. Get enough friends and family together and get in on the deal. You’ll save money and have a great time getting together for a day of fun. If you don’t have a big enough group, see if there are discounts for buying online and printing the tickets on your own from home.

Feel free to post in the comments if you have a tip to add to the list. My favorites are the book swap and summer movie ideas! Which is your favorite?

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