Here are 7 easy ways to save your money this fall!
1 – Delaying my seasonal Gym membership. As the seasons change and the average temperature drops, I typically sign up for a gym membership. With a regular membership costing roughly $55 per month, I will save myself some money by braving the cold for morning jogs in October and November, and utilizing some at-home workout routines in December and January.
2 – Eat out less. I have a few trips coming up – which will require frequent visits to restaurants. In order to keep my wallet happy, I’ll only be cooking at home until my trip rolls around.
Did you know that it costs an average of $25 for 2 people to go out to eat? If you figure that the average couple eats out 3 times per week, this can add up to over $300 in just one month!
3 – Winterize my house. I am by no means claiming to be a handyman, but there are a few simple and creative ways to winterize a house, maintaining the warm environment in the coldest of months. Click here for a few tips that will go a long way when the snow starts to fall.
4 – Keep the heat off as long as possible. That’s right – I’ll be nestled up on my couch with two sweaters, a blanket, and maybe even a winter coat (if it’s going to be as cold as the Farmer’s Almanac says it will be
The cost of fuel oil for a house can really add up, considering the intensity of a North Country winter. Holding off on the heat bill, as long as you can, could save you a significant amount of money.
5 – Pumpkin spice at home. I’ve just recently discovered a new café that makes a tasty Pumpkin spice latte. (Good for my Autumnal-soul, bad for my wallet.) These specialty drinks can get pricey, so I’ve found a DIY pumpkin spice recipe that really does the trick.
Refer to my previous blog post, Simple Ways to Enjoy Your Pumpkin Spice on a Budget, for some creative ideas to enjoy this expensively delicious autumn flavor!
6 – Get my Holiday shopping done in October. I’m going to get specific about the amount of money I’m projected to need for gifts, and purchase these items ahead of time (instead of joining the December-rush of holiday shoppers). Saving myself time, stress, and money – everything is cheaper before the holiday season strikes!
7 – I’m going to try a “no-spend weekend.” This challenge requires one full weekend of not spending any money out (i.e., no recreational shopping, restaurants, unnecessary travel) Instead, I’ll try to only use food at my home to make meals, and rely solely Netflix and my backyard for entertainment. Are you willing to give it a try?