Money is often spent habitually, without even realizing which way the earnings are leaking. Read the below tips on how to survive a festival on budget, which will easily help anyone enjoy the summer while saving money as well.
Summer is a time of fun, where people usually spend a lot of money because it’s holiday time and everyone wishes to enjoy themselves, without counting every dime spent.
Change to public transport or a bicycle
Even though you already are a car owner, it would be a smart solution from spring to autumn to move around by public transport or by bicycle. This way, not only money spent on fuel is saved, but also a huge amount of time and stress that one would lose standing in traffic jams.
Physical activity is also a free dose of endorphins, happiness hormones, which incredibly improve the mood – especially when the ride way is through parks, chirping with birds singing. The car can be used only in a few cases – most often when you are planning to go outside the city or to move something heavy.
Drink tap water or prepare the beverages at home
If tap water is suitable for drinking in your town, then drink the tap. Money will be saved this way and a place at the landfill where tons of plastic bottles are lying behind.
This is a social initiative that arose from the question of why bottled water is still being bought in a country where almost everyone has direct access to high-quality water at home. It is not ecological, uneconomical and impractical. Most often, buying bottled water in a store is a matter of habit rather than an informed choice.
Also, a cup of medium to-go coffee costs less than buying a cheap espresso and prepare the coffee at home, of course in a reusable thermos cup. Some of these types of coffee machines can produce up to 4 types of coffee by pressing a single button.
It is not necessary to buy one of the most top models, a small capsule model will do the trick.
Extra tip: putting room temperature coffee or milk in the ice cube tray and storing it in the freezer to have them on hand when you urge for an iced coffee would be a great idea. This way you can also make iced coffee at home.
Cream can be added as well, or caramel syrup or any other thing that makes you enjoy the coffee shop coffee.
Bring food from home to picnics, in the park or at the pool (if allowed)
The most convenient way to eat while you are out and about, taking a sunbath maybe is a “sandwich master” or a dinner eaten quickly in a pub or from a street vendor. You may not even notice how this money flows from your pocket.
However, when you count how much you spend annually on ready food bought at parks, while taking a walk or at the pool, you can grab your head.
Instead of overpaying, you can buy much cheaper products in the store that will be fresh, healthy and give you energy for hours. Eat seasonally – grab fruits and vegetables that are currently available and try new flavors.
We live in beautiful times of access to thousands of culinary blogs, thanks to which it is hard to excuse that preparing food at home is too difficult.
Street food or food bought in parks or near the pool are extremely expensive. It s like the popcorn in cinemas.
Never go shopping hungry
If you go shopping while hungry, you will probably end up at the checkout paying for things you wouldn’t normally buy. Sure, it’s sometimes worth stocking up on larger quantities of certain goods so you don’t shop too often.
However, people stuff carts to the brim with food in supermarkets, like they are afraid that war has broken out. If you buy larger amounts of some products (meats, sweets, drinks, snacks), then you will simply eat more and faster.
Net effect? Less money in the wallet and more centimeters at the waist. How to fix it? Very simply. Make a list of products you need before shopping.
Checked, works! And one more thing. Do not take children for such shopping.
Don’t buy expensive gifts, buy any gift in advance
Giving away is great – the majority of people like making and getting presents. However, the older the person is, the more they will appreciate the time someone can devote to them and vice versa.
One will perfectly remember the moments spent together, in contrast to the material gifts that collects only dust. Attention and commitment are the most beautiful things we can share with the people we care about.
And the best part is that they are completely free. Spending time with people who are important to us, we also give ourselves.
Therefore, if you are expecting someone’s birthday shortly, think about a DIY gift. You don’t have any idea? There you have some gift ideas under $50, for women.
If you aren’t that handy, thrift stores are always a good idea to search for a perfect gift. This point is mentioned here because buying gifts in the other season – buying gifts for Christmas in summer- would save the rush and the budget for Christmas as well.
Make arrangements with friends at home or in the fresh air
Spending time with friends or family doesn’t have to be expensive. Meetings in a pub or restaurant are attractive, but they also cost a lot, especially when they unexpectedly extend to late-night hours.
Meetings don’t always have to hang out in town. A great alternative will be a movie evening in your apartment, cooking together, where everyone brings products and in the spring or summer a picnic on the green grass, or a sunbath near a lake or hiking in a forest!
Restrict buying clothes or buy them in the opposite season
Everyone had such a period in their lives that all old clothes were classified as “can be useful during renovation or cleaning” and left them “for later“. The effect was that the wardrobe was bursting at the seams.
Introducing the principle of doing spring cleaning and if the clothes are not worn during the year, put them in a container. It is an eye-opener to the fact that, although someone might not have awareness, one could just buy too many clothes.
That’s why it is a great idea to sat down with a piece of paper and think about it calmly when different clothes are used. Make a list of clothes in which you feel good and which you have to wear.
It might just turn out that 4 jackets, 8 pairs of pants, 10 shirts, 10 T-shirts, 2 sweaters, 3 sweatshirts, etc. are enough for you. The list was not very ascetic, but when you will leave only what you use in the wardrobe, it turns out there is plenty of space.
And then another rule, which is highly recommended to anyone who has a problem with excess clothes (and you still have nothing to wear). Now, if you want to buy a new thing, you have to throw away some old piece of clothing or give it to someone.
What does this cause? This principle creates a natural, mental barrier to spontaneous shopping because that means an automatic need to get rid of something.
The effect is that you have relatively few clothes and you feel great in all of them. It just turned out that you need these clothes much less than you once thought.
Another great idea is to buy clothes in the opposite season, for example at the end of winter, buy clothing for winter and at the end of summer buy clothes for summer because at the end of each season, every shop will have great discounts for the last seasons stock.
Make vacation plans or book tickets in extra season
Summer equals holiday, but you don’t have to spend a fortune on vacation rental or hotel, neither on the plane tickets. Extra season tickets are the best if chosen carefully.
Some countries due to their climate, like Spain, Greece, Italy, also have a just-a-perfect-weather-for-holiday on an extra season when tickets are a lot cheaper.
Planing the vacation from Christmas is also a great idea because you can book the hotels in advance and sometimes the same hotel room will end up costing half less.
Buy everything that you need from the home store
If you already know that you will go to scuba diving while on holiday, it would be a great saving if (when possible) take the equipment from home.This applies in the opposite direction as well- buy skies in summer because they are much cheaper.
Piggy bank would be a great idea to save some cash. Maybe put 5 dollars per day in it an at the and of the month buy something beautiful for yourself or use it on any purchase that you desire.