Summer is too far away to even think about planning for it now, right? Wrong. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about it. It’s not surprising how much people spend in summer considering everyone is out socializing, going on vacations and buying new summer gear. The only issue is that you can find yourself extremely tight on cash by the end of the season. If there’s a lot of things you want to do this summer, now is the time to start prepping yourself financially. It’ll help ensure that you have a cushion for things you want to do without having to dip into your savings, skip fun activities or live paycheck-to-paycheck. So what are some easy ways to start preparing yourself now for the busy and expensive summer months?
Start planning your vacation now
The earlier you start planning your vacation, the sooner you’ll be able to get the best discounts and deals. If you wait too long, especially for popular travel areas, you’re going to have to take what you can get and you may get stuck paying more.
Set aside cash every week
Whether you’re planning for a vacation or you’re just planning on going out more in the summer, setting aside cash can help you do more of what you want without putting too much stress on your wallet. Consider it your Summer Fund. Even if you put aside $10 every week starting from the first week in January, you’ll have $210 by the first week in June. It may not seem like a lot, but it’ll be quite useful when you want to go out to dinner at the tiki bar after a rough day and you’re tight on cash that week.
Buy your tickets now
If you’re thinking of hitting up amusement parks that are only open part of the year with summer being their peak season, you may find yourself saving quite a bit of money if you purchase tickets or season passes ahead of time. Many parks offer discounts to those who purchase early instead of waiting until last minute.
Buy summer clothes now
You may be surprised how cheap you can get summer clothes if you buy now, especially if you’re willing to purchased them pre-owned. Do a search through eBay, Craigslist and thrift stores and you can find clothing items that cost as little as a dollar or two.
Use your birthday
If your birthday is coming up before summer and your family and friends are asking what gifts you want, answer them with summer in mind. For example, ask for tickets to an amusement park, ask for a gift certificate to a restaurant that you usually go to in the summer or you can even ask for summer clothes. Hold onto everything until the summer months approach.
Plant a vegetable garden
Spring is the perfect time to plant some fresh veggies so you can freeze them and have them for the warmer months. Broccoli, cauliflower and spinach are just some of the delicious veggies that you can plant now and happily enjoy later.
Do a home energy audit
With fans and air conditioners going full blast in the summer, it’s no surprise that utility bills skyrocket once it gets warmer outside. Save yourself some money and do a home energy audit. You can either hire a professional to do it or do it yourself. The sooner it gets done, the better.
It’s never too early to start preparing for summer regardless of how silly it seems. When you prepare in advance, it can allow you to do more, save yourself some money and not stress yourself out by living paycheck-to-paycheck. Start prepping now and you can do everything you want this summer in a cost-efficient way.
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