Whether you realize it or not, the summertime makes it easy to indulge. Social events seem to happen daily, and eating out at the nearby restaurant is more enticing than getting flustered in the kitchen. But as the cooler weather pushes people back home, the realization of the money you’ve been spending all summer long starts to settle in.
Fortunately, there are ways to recoup. Here are some tips to help you save money this fall and get you prepared for the holiday gift-giving season.
Cooking at home saves money, plain and simple. With the fall season here and the number of social events declining, you have to admit, it just got easier to stay in. However, if the thought of being in the kitchen more seems overwhelming, begin slow. Plan to cook a few days out of the week instead of doing it daily.
Another tip is to start by using your favorite childhood recipes. In case dinner doesn’t taste good the first time, you can always keep adjusting things until you get it right. For those who can, set aside time to prepare lunch for the following day. Leftovers work just fine, too. The amount of money saved from cooking dinner at home versus eating out will soon be quite noticeable in your bank account.
Nothing compares to the feel of soft, silky skin. But, when you’re going to the salon regularly to maintain that feel not only can it get pricey, it can also be inconvenient.
At-home devices are the solution to that. They come in affordable prices, and the results are the same. In some cases, it may even be better than in the salons. Permanent hair removal is easy when laser hair removal devices are made with the same clinically-proven technologies spas and dermatologist’s offices use. So, skip the spa bill and invest in an at home permanent hair removal device. The best part is that you can use it at your convenience, whether that’s early in the morning or late at night.
Saving money doesn’t have to be a total sacrifice. Instead of heading out to pricey hangouts every weekend, invite your friends over for a few hours. Ask your guests to bring their favorite dish (everyone loves a potluck!) and have a game night. With classics like Settlers of Catan or Pandemic, you’ll have a great time without spending a penny.
Or, you can host a binge-watching party. Pick a classic television show or watch movie trilogies back-to-back. Whatever you watch, it’s guaranteed that you’ll enjoy the company and the savings.
Some people turn on their heat as soon as they feel the first gust of chilly, fall wind on their skin. If these people pay for their own heating, they are going to spend quite a lot during the winter months. For that reason, cover up any bare windows with curtains. Better yet, swap out thin curtains for heavy-duty ones that block out any drafts.
Taking public transportation every once in a while is a simple way to save money that some people assume couldn’t make a difference. Yet, it does. So, if your job is on a bus or subway line, hop to it. Not only does it alleviate home expenses, but it also helps to reduce your carbon footprint. These days any small bit of action towards green-living is better than none.
Consider these money-saving tips this fall and you’ll be looking at a reduction in stress and greater savings all the way to the new year.