What's your best money-saving tips for summer time?
Set the AC as high as you can stand it. For us, that's about 88°. Otherwise, use fans and keep the blinds/curtains drawn to shut out direct sunlight.
You can save money by using crockpots, electric skillets, microwaves, and grills to cook instead of using your stove/oven.
Plan meals that don't require a lot of cooking. Main dish salads, cold soups, even smoothies are great for hot nights.
Summer is the perfect time to raise your own veggies and fruits for fresh eating. If you've got room, you may even be able to grow enough to preserve for future meals.
Dry clothes outside instead of in the dryer. The summer heat will dry them quickly!
Keep cool by drinking ice water or iced tea. They're free or cheap and they don't increase your thirst like some other drinks do.
If you have a water bill and don't live in a HOA that has rules about green lawns, you can save money by NOT watering the lawn.
Take advantage of off-peak utility rates by using your washer/dryer/dishwasher only in the evenings.
Walk or bike to your destination if possible. If you have several errands to do in a small area, park your vehicle somewhere and walk to the different places, sorta like a BIG outdoor mall!
Be sure to keep your refrigerator's coils clean during summer so it won't have to work as hard.
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