7 Ways to Save Money in the Fall

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Before the holiday season picks up and cold weather hits, you have the fall season. This somewhat cooler season brings about the temptation to turn your furnace on at night and start baking to warm up the home. While you may be tempted to spend more to keep warm this fall season, you may want to think twice. Today, I am sharing a few tips on how to save money in the fall season so that you can stay within budget.

7 Ways to Save Money in the Fall

How to Save Money in the Fall

Car Pool with Friends

 

The sports and recreational season is just heating up.  Kids are being toted to and from 5 or 6 locations a week.  Team up with some fellow parents and take turns ushering kids to their practices.  Be there for the games but save gas money on the practices.

Hold off on A/C and Heat Use

 

Keeping the A/C off during this somewhat cooler season is a great win. While the evenings get cooler, turning the heater on this early in the season will cost you quite a hefty price. Leaving the A/C and heater off for the fall season will ultimately save you a bundle of money.

Unsubscribe from Email Lists

 

As we all know, the holiday season is just around the corner. During the fall time, you will see that those marketing email lists you are on start pushing holiday promotions. Unsubscribe from any email lists that you are on to avoid the temptation of unnecessary spending.

Reevaluate Monthly Spending

 

Fall is a great time to rejuvenate your spending habits. Reevaluate your monthly electric, cable, internet, and car insurance rates. See if there are any current bundle deals or discounted rates that you can take advantage of. Doing this helps offset the budget so that you are prepared for heating fuel season costs.

Cook at Home

 

Cooking from scratch during the fall season is an easy way to warm up the house as well as save costs on groceries. You may have started to dine out more often or cook less during the warmth of the summer season but use the fall time to start cooking hearty meals for the family.

Open the Curtains

 

Take advantage of the natural heat source of sunshine. The sun usually shines pretty brightly during the fall season. Open the curtains and blinds during daytime hours to take advantage of this natural heating source. This is an easy way to save money in the fall so that you keep that heater off just a little longer.

Furnace Maintenance

 

Last, but not least, fall is the time to make sure that furnace has been tended to. Call to get your furnace maintenance done so that you save cash during the heating season. A furnace that gets an annual maintenance done will save a lot of money off your heating bill.

There you have it a few simple tips on how to save money in the fall. This time of year is a joyful one with cooler days that still have that sunshine beaming brightly. Take advantage of my tips shared today so that you can maintain a proper household budget and prepare for the extra costs that will arrive in the winter season.

How to Create A Money Saving Plan For Buying a New Car

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Kids in the Car
If you are thinking you might be in the market to buy a new car soon, you might need to create a money saving plan. Buying a new car can be a little pricey with all the extras that go along with your big purchase. So before you head out to go shopping make sure your finances are in order and you know that you can afford the car you want. Now if you have all cash that is great, but if not, buying a car can impact your budget greatly!
Again these are just things for you to keep in mind when you go to buy a new vehicle. It is a big deal to buy a new car, and it can be a little costly. Making sure you still have money left after you make your payments will make your everyday life a little easier, so you don’t feel so strapped.

Time Frame of Buying a Car: You need to make sure to sit down and plan when you want to buy a new car. You may think in a year I will be ready, or even a few months down the road. Regardless you will need to have a down payment most likely for your new vehicle. Some places offer no money down, so you need to consider if you don’t go to a dealership that offers no money down, you might need to put down a thousand or more.

Look at Cars Online: If you have an idea of a vehicle you are wanting, you can look online at dealerships in your area to get an idea of the price range. This will help you to see how much money a vehicle you are really wanting might cost.

Monthly Car Payments: When you get a loan for a vehicle it can vary a lot depending on the price of the vehicle. You could spend anywhere from a few hundred dollars up to a thousand. They do offer ways to figure what your payment would be online for a vehicle, or your dealership can tell you. This is a great way to get a rough estimate of how much your car payment would be each month. Just make sure you also factor in for insurance each month. Most states require full coverage on a vehicle that has a loan against it.

Car Tags and Insurance: Along with buying a car you have to factor in insurance premiums, and car tags and registering your new vehicle. If you have a type of vehicle you want, say a SUV you can talk to your insurance company and they can give you a rough estimate of what that type of car you want would cost each month. Some styles of vehicles (sports cars, etc) can cost a lot more than others.

This is a great way to ensure you can afford the vehicle you want. Sometimes people forget you have tags and insurance that go along with owning a car. You just need to make sure you have money in your budget and then you can sleep easier at night with your new car.

Saving Money on Canning Supplies

I learned the food preservation art of canning a few years ago and have been hooked ever since.

I love that I am able to put up our garden’s bounty for my family to enjoy throughout the year. However, I don’t love how expensive home canning supplies can be. Most home canners don’t think much about canning during the winter, or “off season” but January and February are actually perfect months to plan ahead and save money on supplies.

saving money on canning supplies

1. Never miss an opportunity to walk through the canning aisle.

Even on shopping trips that have nothing to do with canning at all, I always walk through the food preservation section. I have discovered unadvertised markdowns on pectin powder, jars, and lids. My best find ever happened last winter when I snagged several packets of my favorite salsa mix for less than half price. I made several batches of salsa last summer and I smiled every time I opened up one of those marked-down packages.

2. Talk with other home canners.

I love talking with others about their canning and learning any secrets they wish to share. Not only is it a great way to exchange ideas and recipes, it can be a great way to save money. I’ve been invited to pick apples and pears at one coworker’s over-producing orchard, and been gifted four large boxes of perfectly good canning jars from another coworker who was downsizing. Not paying a cent for apples and pears, and not buying dozens of jars, saved me well over $100 that year.

3. Think outside of the box.

Just like with most things, you can get creative with canning. For example, our local BBQ joint uses pint mason jars for drinking glasses and I found out they didn’t really have a use for the lids or rings. After a brief conversation with the kitchen manager, I had a large box of unused lids and rings in the back of my car. The restaurant was happy to have the box out of their storage room, and I was thrilled to have about 200 lids and rings that I didn’t have to pay for. Estate sales, yard sales, local Facebook buy-and-sell groups, and Craigslist can all be ways to find quality canning supplies for not much money, or even free.

I know it is cold outside now, and canning season seems so far away, but it will be here before we know it, and I want to be prepared when the first early produce becomes available.

If you’re a home canner, what do you do to save money on supplies? I’d love some more tips and tricks to share!

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