Money Saving Tips For Summer

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This Summer we all want to have the best time possible, I think we can agree we all deserve it. But why break the bank along the way? Many people are taking out a payday loan for there activities and hobbies this Summer season, but this isn’t always 100% necessary. Here are some of the best tips, so you can save money this Summer.

Turn Off The Heating 

This is a refreshingly natural habit to adopt. Day and night, allow the cool air to cool the house down in the evening so the warmth Summer sun can heat it back up in the daytime. You can also put fans in the windows to help pull in the cooler air. Just make sure that you close the windows again in the morning before it heats back up. This can save you on electricity costs by not running your air conditioning as much when it’s warm.

Buy Snack For Your Day Out Before You Leave

Whether it is the park for a picnic, the cinema, or the beach, we all know that local shops, especially in tourist saturated destinations, will always charge higher. Beat them to it by bringing your own, so you can eat your home prepped sandwiches with a smiled, knowing that you’ve beat the system and made some top savings along the way. 

Exercise Outdoors

You don’t need to pay for the gym, especially if you pay-as-you-go with the whether as good as it is. In the Summer, the whole world is your gym, so go and explore the great outdoors without having to fork out.

Go to a local event instead of a movie

Check your local Facebook page or newsletter and see what’s on in your area. You don’t have to pay for a top quality day out, so why not enjoy the better things in life that are free?

Wash your clothes in cold water

This may seem like somewhat of a blast from a past, but bear with us If it’s an exceptionally hot day, this one is an absolute no-brainer and you’ll thank us later. About 75% of the energy you use doing a load of laundry comes from heating the water. This is not an unhygienic measure and you will get the absolute same result. Your clothes can still get clean even without using hot water. If saving money isn’t enough incentive, cold water also helps your clothes last longer by not putting the same strain on them that warm water does.

Cook outside

BBQ season is here, and who knew it could help you save on energy? Grill to you hearts’ delight, there are even some wild recipes out there you would never have thought of. Cooking pizza on the grill for instance. If you don’t have a grill, local shops nearly always have some type of countertop grill or disposable BBQ you can also cook with outside.

How to Save Money when Renovating your Home

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Buying a home is a major investment. Indeed, it is probably going to be one of the most significant investments you ever make. That’s why more of us are opting instead to either invest in what we already own or buy a home with the intent of renovating it into something special. However, many do not think to calculate the costs of renovating their home and end up in over their heads with half-finished ideas and not enough money left in the pot to cross the finish line.

So, below we’ve gone through a few ideas to help you save money when renovating your home on a budget.

Assess the overall project

Sometimes you need to take a step back to see the wood for the trees. Before you start or make any serious investments, look at the renovation project as a whole. This will help you decide on all final renovations that you want to make, potentially cutting out ones that are not as essential, which is vital when on a budget. If you know what you want to achieve with your renovation overall, you’re also more likely to be able to settle on exactly what you’ll be able to do yourself and what you’ll need to hire people in for.

Measurements and planning

If you measure and plan your project correctly and accurately you can save money on materials, as well as time. The general rule of thumb is to “measure twice and cut once” but we’d take it a step further and say measure three times, if possible.

Do it yourself

If you can identify what projects or parts of the project can be done effectively by yourself, you can save huge amounts on labor costs by going the DIY route. This way, all you’ll need to invest in is tools such as SDS drills for your home renovation project. To assist you with your DIY, you may find it useful to watch a YouTube tutorial or read a blog post on how to do the job right. Or, if all else fails, ask your friends.

Use inexpensive materials where possible

Inexpensive doesn’t necessarily have to mean bad. Stick to composite or engineered wood, which is cheaper and stronger than traditional wood. You might also be able to save money on build costs if you go for upcycled or second-hand materials.

Stick to a set budget

Once you’ve set out your budget, while it might prove tempting to go over just a little bit if there’s something you really want, never waver. Sticking to a budget can actually make you more inventive and if there is any money left over you could always use it to pay for a nice holiday. Because you’ll probably need one once all those renovations are finally done with.