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Save Money This Summer 7 Easy Ways ~ Frugal Spoonie Friday

May 13

Summer savings that will also benefit the environment, improve your intellectual prowess, and nurture your creative talents.

‘Save money this summer 7 easy ways’ sounds like a great idea, right? Who couldn’t use a few ideas that will help with the enormous energy bills that come in the mail every June-September? I know I could. Living in the desert where temperatures of 110+ are pretty much the norm for 4 straight months causes a bit of an economic crunch in our household.

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As I went looking for things to do that would help ‘ease the squeeze’ on the pocketbook, I came across a few pretty good ideas that are not only easy, but require very little energy to implement. This is always a plus considering that temperature extremes are especially hard on us ‘Spoonies’.

A little ‘groove’ to get you in the mood:

 

Save Money This Summer 7 Easy Ways ~

  1. Close The Shades! ~ 40% of unwanted heat is what you get when the summer sun blazes through your windows. This causes the air conditioner to work 2-3x’s harder, which results in wings on your ‘Benjamins’!

  2. Change Those Filthy Filters! ~ More air flow results in better cool air output. Change the filters every month in the summertime {get them cheaper by the ‘pack’ at Costco}.

  3. Cookin’ Low Energy Style! ~ Oven ‘on’ in the summer, turns the WHOLE HOUSE into an oven! Cook outdoors on the grill, or use your slow cooker for low wattage comestibles.

  4. Cold Water Clean! ~ ForgoΒ using warm or hot water to do the laundry during summer months. Only use the ‘cold’ setting, and save 90% on your water energy usage.

  5. Β Cruise On Down To The Library! ~ As I’ve mentioned before, trips to the library in summer are one of my favorite things in the whole world! There’s nothing like grabbing a huge tote, heading over to the local library, and maxing out the number of books you can check out {I can never read them all by the time they’re due, but who cares? It’s pure magic!

  6. Cultivate Your Own Summer Vegetable Water Garden! ~ There are a surprising number of vegetables that can be grown in mason jars and pretty bowls, right in your own kitchen with just good ol’ H2O. A cheap and useful summer solstice project!

  7. Create Art/Gifts With Objects Found In Your Yard! Here, you are only limited by what you can find, and your own imagination! Make early Christmas gifts, or art prints to decorate your own home. A few ideas:

From' Ukkonooa'

From ‘Ukkonooa’

'Painted Rocks' from A Life Well Red

‘Painted Rocks’ from A Life Well Red

From ‘Living Locurto’ FB page *art image had no source*

Save money this summer 7 easy ways ~ Frugal Spoonie Fridays

These are the findings I share with you toΒ ‘save money this summer 7 easy ways’. Remember to stay cool, stay hydrated, and have fun!
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10 Comments

  • Reply chelsea w May 18 at 5:32 am

    Some libraries allow you to check out ebooks and audiobooks now too–if you have an e-reader. So that can even save you gas money πŸ™‚
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    • Reply kristine May 18 at 8:49 am

      GREAT TIP! Thank you Chelsea! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Brandi Clevinger May 20 at 10:33 am

    ah, the filters! That just reminded me to put it on this weekend’s “to do” list. Thanks for the reminder!

    We always get comments about how bright our home is in the winter, and how dark it is during the summer. haha We try to keep the heat out during the summer with black out panels, and keep the warmth in by opening the blinds during the winter.

    And I second the library checkout online. We have a community book club, and I get the free ebooks for two weeks with the Overdrive app.
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    • Reply kristine May 20 at 2:50 pm

      HAHA! Those stinkin’ filters ARE hard to remember aren’t they? πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Gina May 21 at 3:20 pm

    These are all fantastic ways to save money! You’re so right about keeping the shades down! And I love the library too! It’s a great place to go for so many things without spending a penny!
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    • Reply kristine May 21 at 5:32 pm

      THank you Gina! Summer is always such an expensive time!

  • Reply Deborah Davis May 22 at 8:53 pm

    Such helpful money-saving tips and resources! I love the frugal DIY gifts! I am so delighted that you shared Save Money This Summer 7 Easy Ways at the Healthy Happy Green & Natural Party. I’m Pinning and sharing this!
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    • Reply kristine May 23 at 4:40 pm

      Your welcome Deborah, thank YOU! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Nikki May 24 at 3:49 pm

    Kristine, these are great tips, we don’t live in the desert, but it does get hot and humid. I made all of our drapes and lined them with black out curtain fabric, in the winter it helps to hold in the heat and in the summer it helps to keep the cool air in. And the oven in the summer? No way! The crockpot and the grill are our best friends in the heat! I love the crafts you’ve shown, especially the fern prints and the stone art! How inspiring!
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    • Reply kristine May 25 at 7:47 am

      I love that you made your own drapes! I never did learn how to sew, and I regret that now. Thanks Nikki! πŸ™‚

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