Money is tight for me and the fiancé right now, but I’m not going to let that stop me from enjoying my first summer back in California. I’ve already made a list of all the activities I want to do over the summer; now here’s a list of how I’m cutting corners to save money for said activities. Maybe you’ll find them helpful for saving money this summer, too!
1) Wash Your Own Car – I’m the kind of person who will pay someone else to do things for me that I don’t want to do: washing my car is one of those things. Buuuuut, if I want to save $20, I’ve realized I have to bite the bullet and wash the damn car myself. Besides, having a hose in hand is an easy way to cool off during the hot summer days.
2) At-Home Pedicures – Something else I don’t like doing myself: pedicures. I mean, part of being pampered is having someone else pamper you, right? However, if I want to save $30, I’ll just have to do the pampering myself and in the comfort of my own home… minus the massage chair and large assortment of nail polish colors, unfortunately. But at least I’m saving money and my toenails look nice during flip-flop season.
3) Happy Hour With Friends – Since I’ve been home, I’ve been making an effort to hang out with friends every week. But sometimes, making multiple lunch and dinner dates in a week can add up. That’s why my first choice for a meet-up is always happy hour; I know of a few restaurants that offer both alcoholic beverages and small plates for no more than $5. Score!
4) Cheap Date Nights – Chris and I haven’t been going out much lately, but when we do, we try to keep our date nights as cheap as possible. We recently packed a couple lunches and had a picnic in one of the parks downtown. It was great until a bum tried to steal my cell phone! But that story is for a whole other blog post.
5) Pay Close Attention to Groupon Deals – I get daily emails from Groupon that let me know about all the great deals they’re offering at the moment. I recently scored an awesome deal that consisted of two movie tickets to the Crest Theater and a bucket of popcorn– all for $10. Hello, cheap date night!
6) Eat at Home – Even though eating at home can be kind of boring sometimes, I’ve been using it as an excuse to not only save money, but to try new recipes and practice my cooking. I’ve also been trying to make dinners at home more fun by setting up our table all fancy- like and buying cheap beers and wines to drink with the food, as if we’re out to dinner. Pretty soon, Chris and I want to buy a cheap patio set for our balcony so we can eat dinner outside!
7) Clothing Swaps – I’ve been hearing a lot about clothing swaps lately and how they’re great for getting rid of old clothes in exchange for new ones. They’re also a great excuse for getting friends together. Just think… free clothes, friends, and snacks/drinks to share. Is there really anything better?
What are some ways you like to save money during the summertime? Or just save money in general?