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I stepped outside yesterday at 8 pm during sunset. My first thought was, “did I walk into a convection oven?” Well, I guess that’s what I get for living in a desert. On top of that, I was prompted into “Oh snaps its summertime! Time to save some sweet dough” mode. So I decided to come up with 10 money saving tips for the summer of 2018.
1. Ask Your Energy Company For A Smart Thermostat
I am not really sure why, but it seems that some energy companies are offering free smart thermostats.
In Nevada, we have a free thermostat program under NVEnergy.
- They are nearly the same quality as other smart thermostats.
- You don’t need to pay $300+ dollars for one
- Installation is almost always free!
- You can connect it to your app and control it from the comfort of your own home.
Just make sure to browse the website of your electric company or call them and ask if they have a similar program.
2. Turn Off A/C During Peak Hours
It’s June and depending on where you live, your residence might be paying 5 to 6 times more in electricity in peak hours and you don’t even know it! Go to your energy company’s website or google “[your electric company] peak hours’. You might be surprised to see that you don’t need to be paying more.
Typical peak hours are generally afternoon through evening hours. Be sure to turn off your AC during those hours (or use it when you really need it). You will be better off lowering the AC temperature about an hour before peak so your home won’t be as warm during peak hours. This could save you hundreds of dollars in the summer.
This was kind of a big deal for me in paying down my student loans.
3. Dry Your Laundry Outside
As long as your HOA or building allows you to: Try drying your laundry outside. I mainly do this for sheets/comforters/pillow cases/blankets. When you wash them every other week, it can start adding up. If you want to hang clothes, I recommend that as well.
There are some sweet benefits of using mother nature to dry your laundry.
- They smell soooooo good! I know, I’m a dude but I can at least admit I love the smell of freshly dried laundry.
- Everything feels much softer compared to using a dryer.
- Faster Drying? I feel like this could be debatable, but for bedroom materials, they end up drying in about an hour. I guess the desert heat helps, but it beats inconsistent drying from the dryer.
4. Ditch The Gym (Membership)
I find that mornings and evenings are the best times to go running. I’m not particularly fond of doing gym classes. But if you go to the gym mainly for cardio, running outside on a track can save you $20-$100/month.
You can always ask your gym to pause payments for a few months and resume later (assuming you aren’t locked into a contract). I find that I work out a lot more in the spring/summer compared to the fall/winter.
5. Take Advantage of the Weather (and cheap dates)
For starters, I hate dinner/movie dates when I was single. I’m more of an activity/get-to-know-you type of dater. So for me, this is great!
Taking a walk downtown and window shopping, going to the zoo, dog walking at the park, and outside concerts are just a few simple date ideas that dating couples and long-term relationships can both enjoy.
6. Become a Grillmaster
Okay, maybe you don’t have to become a level 99 grillmaster. But if you have an opportunity to cook outside, take it! It’s bad enough that cooking inside can make your home super hot in the summer.
Even worse, if you are trying to keep the AC off and you decide to cook inside vs. grilling, you are going to have a bad time. Grilling outside has been a major hobby of mine over the past year and honestly and it’s been therapeutic at times.
I’m more of a gas grill guy for the convenience. One tank can last me several months or more (or less if you grill 2x a day every day).
7. Cover Up Your Windows In The Evening
If you live in a house or apartment that is facing east/west to the sun, covering the window with your shades or curtains can help big time. Generally, the hottest times of the day are supposed to be between 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
However, what most people forget is that while the sun is going down throughout the late afternoon/evening is that it is beaming directly into the windows. This can heat up the glass to a higher temperature than outside. Whenever that happens, the hot air seeps inside and warms up the house, fast.
By using your shades/curtains, you prevent that heat from getting into your house.
8. Invite Friends Over Instead of Going Out
This also works by visiting friends. Nothing beats having good friends and good times. You don’t have to go to the club or bar every single time you want to hang out with your friends. You can easily drop $20-100+ by going out to drinks and dinner with them.
A pretty good alternative is to just have people come over, play some cards against humanity, bake a couple of $5 DiGiorno pizza from the store and have a blast.
It doesn’t have to be an “every weekend” thing. But it’s a good changeup every so often. If you are out in the midwest, I’m all about the bonfire too!
9. Shop Amazon.com
As much as I love shopping in brick & mortar for a human experience. I have gone to Amazon for all of my household goods. Especially since I have a love of grilling, I can get most of my grilling and other goods from Amazon.
Considering I can save 10-30% on most things on there, I often price-check items that I’m not in a particular rush to buy.
10. Give Ibotta a Shot
I’m going to keep beating you all over the head with this app. Ibotta is my go-to whenever I do shopping brick-and-mortar style. All you need to do is download the app, look for products you normally buy, then scan your receipt post-purchase. You get money back for making your normal purchases.
Even better, if you use the promo code dxdlcds you get a $10 bonus for using them! That’s 5lb’s of 80/20 ground beef that can be used on the grill :P.
Got any other tips for summer savings? Let me know! Which of these tips do you use often?