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Summer is that time of the year when you can’t help but want to do all the fun things. It is the perfect time to go on vacation, take a deep dive in the ocean or pool, have fun with friends and eat a lot of ice cream. It’s that time you wish everything remains the same, in terms of fun. The good news is this summer is here and I know you are ready for it. But there is something about fun, it doesn’t come cheap. This might scare you if you are a frugal person and don’t want to miss out on all the fun. Like you can definitely have fun on a budget but you just have to spend some money. Plus its summer and the fun is always on another level if you are too cheap you won’t relax and will definitely miss out on the fun. Don’t worry I have some summer tips for you. It is not the regular summer tips on the types of activities to do, but on how to do them frugally.
It is absolutely possible to manage your money any season of the year including the “party” period of the year. You can be frugal in summer by knowing where to save money to have more to put in other things that you can’t be cheap about. These frugal summer tips are all that you will be learning today. They are nothing new that you don’t know about but just with a frugal twist.
The best summer tips with a frugal twist
Like I’ve said these summer tips are nothing new. They are probably all the things you have been doing or plan on doing this summer. The only difference is it comes with a frugal twist. You don’t have to be frugal to try these things. As long as you want to have a great summer and still be in control of your money then these summer tips are for you. Let’s dive in…
1. Make your own ice cream
For some reason making ice cream is top on my list. The reason is that summer is the time for cooling off and an Ice cream always gets it done. If you are going to keep ordering ice cream or going out to get some then you will end up spending a lot of money.
It is no new thing that when we make our own stuff we save more money. Just like how spending $100 on fine dining is equal to $100 for a week of groceries supply. Imagine all the $10 you are going to spend all through the summer whenever you need ice cream.
You already have the ingredients to make ice cream sitting in your refrigerator. Like I’m not kidding you literally do. Hence save money by making your own ice cream rather than buying it. You can make ice cream for picnics and parties. Even when the holidays are over and work resumes. You can still make some and take them to work.
Ice cream is not the only thing you can make to cool off during the summer heat. There are great smoothie recipes to try also. Bust since this is all about making your own ice cream here is a simple ice cream recipe anyone can try. Even if you’ve never had an idea of the ingredients used to make one.
An extra tip
The things to make by yourself during summer is not limited to ice cream or smoothie. Whatever, you will be consuming a lot of during the summer and you can DIY. Please go ahead and do it. This is one of my best frugal hacks to save money and manage your money properly.
2. Buy summer things before summer
Whatever might be the season of the year, I will always give this advice. Buy whatever you need for a particular season before the season. Reasons being
- Prices tend to rise for the things that are necessary for a season.
- Those things get sold out fast
- Restock might take a while and might come with a slight price increase
This is how the market works sometimes and there are many factors that make it so. Remember this is for products that are consumed a lot at that time.
When you buy things ahead of time you are more in control of your expenses and finances. It means you have made financial plans prior which will mean you plan for the seasons ahead. If you plan when the time has come already you can’t be in control or your money. Which means you won’t be able to manage your money properly.
Don’t be carried away by sales done when the season have come. Such sales are sham. True sales with genuine discount happen before the season comes.
A List of summer must have
- Sunscreen or what we also know as sun protection formula (SPF). Yes skin care is absolutely important during every season but most importantly during summer. Don’t have fun in the expense of your skins health.
- Sunglasses. I know you might have old ones but please be fashionable and get the trending ones.
- Swimsuit or nothing. I know you got your summer body ready before the summer. Don’t forget to get a suit for it.
- Beach bag for whenever you will be going to the beach which will be often.
- Ice cream maker. Did you thing I would tell you to make ice cream without getting a maker for it?
- Mini rechargeable hand fan
- Reliable backpack
- Flip flops
3. AC not your only cooling down option
Just because it is summer doesn’t mean you have to spend more money on energy bills to have the ac run all through the day or whenever you are home. You are already saving on the lights and the room heater because you won’t need them. However, I assure you, you can save more. There are many ways to stay cool in summer that you won’t need an ac.
Tips to stay cool in summer
- Drink lots of water
- Avoid the sun between 12 noon to 3pm
- Keep skincare products cold
- Stop cooking. Just kidding. Find grill cooking recipes and do more cooking outdoor
- Dress properly
- Wear cotton
- Eat food with water content. Fruits and vegetable salads
- Refrigerate your sheets before bed
- Make a smoothie
- Block sunlight from coming in
- Open windows at night. Make sure it is safe to do that.
- Have a warm water bath or shower. Not cold water.
4. No-spend fun activities
One way to be frugal is to find ways to not spend money. What I love about having fun is this, there are a lot of fun things to do that money is not involved.
Since summer is all about having fun, you need to know the things you can do that will literally cost you nothing or next to nothing. These fun ideas are a combination of indoor, outdoor, family, kids, friends, and partner activities.
Frugal summer activities
- Attend a parade
- Feed the ducks
- Go to the beach
- Stand under a waterfall
- Go camping
- Take photos
- Water balloon fight
- Watch fire flies
- Watch the sunset
- Go skinny dipping
- Sleep under the stars
- Pick strawberries
- Host a born fire
- Run through sprinklers
- Leap off a rope swing
- Try new food
- Have a summer playlist
- Make lots of ice cream
- Fly a kite
- Plant a garden
Frugal summer tips Conclusion…
Saving money, financial planning, money management and living according to your means can be done even in the fun time of the year. You can be frugal in summer and still have the best time ever.
Never mind how much you got, just get in with the summer vibes and be happy. I would like to know which summer hack you are looking forward to trying.