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7 Super Simple Savings Tips for Summer

If you want to have a great summer, but don’t want to break the bank, check out these 7 super simple saving tips for the season:

Raise your AC and use a programmable thermostat so you’re not cooling an empty apartment or house. Did you know that you could save as much as 10 percent a year on heating and cooling by adjusting your thermostat?  Keep shades down when the sun is up and use natural air and ventilation as much as possible. When you do turn on the air conditioning, choose the highest comfortable temperature you can handle.

Turn down your water heater. Do you really need a scalding hot shower when it’s already scalding hot outside? Probably not! Water heating can account for more than 10 percent of your utility bill, so turn down the temperature of your water heater and take shorter showers.

Carpool. Have you ever noticed that gasoline prices seem to get higher in the summer? It’s not your imagination. Summer blend gasoline costs more to produce than winter blend gas and that cost is passed on to you. The best way to save money at the pump is to drive less. Carpool as often as you can to share the expenses. Or better yet, take public transportation!

Plan a staycation. If you can’t afford to jump on a jet (who can?) and head to an exotic far off vacation destination, explore your own neck of the woods. Check out all the tourist destinations that others flock to your state for or just head to area parks and museums. You wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t a great place to live and work; it’s also a great place to play!

Plant a garden. There’s nothing more satisfying or tasty than reaping the harvest from your very own garden. It’s a great way to add to your dinner table and save on your grocery bill. And if you have children, you’ll give them hours of summertime fun and lots of lessons about science and the environment.

Visit the library. The internet may have changed the way people use libraries, but they’re still using them. From the computers you can use for free to access the web, to education programs for adults and reading programs for kids, there are plenty of free offerings at your local library. Many offer discount passes to museums and zoos and there’s lots of books, music, and movies you can check out with your library card.

Find free festivals. Many artists and musicians display their wares or perform outdoors for free during the summer. Check online to find out what’s happening at local fairgrounds, parks, stadiums and venues. 

Take a walk, go for a hike. There’s no better time to explore the great outdoors than the summer. Check out bike paths and hiking trails and get moving. It’s good for head, your heart and your health!

At Charter College, we love the summer as much as you do. But we also know how difficult it can be to stick to a budget in the summertime. That’s why we’re sharing our tips. Do you have any savings tips of your own? Let us know!