Most of us work far too much. In fact, some of us would admit to being workaholics. Sadly, providing for the family usually equates to spending a lot of time away from the family. Such trade-offs are common and often unavoidable in life. If you find yourself with some time off this summer, there are plenty of ways to have fun with loved ones and still stay financially productive! With savings from the following side jobs and budgeting tactics, you’ll be able to treat your whole family to an unforgettable summer vacation!
Switch off the AC
We all want to blast the air conditioning when things start to sizzle, but that isn’t the smartest thing to do. If saving money is the idea, you don’t want to rely on the AC for all your cooling needs. Central air is one of the most costly forms of house cooling around, even if it’s usually the most effective. Small and portable AC units also drain a lot of juice if you leave them on all day. Since you’re living on a budget, rely on electric fans to relieve the hotness. When set to oscillate, fans circulate the air inside the home to bring the temperature down a few degrees. Keep windows closed during the day when temps are peaking, and open them up in the evenings when things have cooled down. With fans and strategic ventilation, beating the heat is no sweat!
Dump the Bottled Water
Some people get all caught up with the “spring” water hype, but don’t let yourself get fooled by clever marketing. Bottled water is far more expensive than tap water and may even be less nutritious. Instead of washing your hard-earned money down the drain, just buy an inexpensive water filter to watch those utility bills shrink. You’ll have an endless supply of great-tasting, fresh water for next to nothing!
Sell that Old Junk
Every house has a closet or more of useless items. Everything from untouched wedding gifts and old computer parts to out-of-style clothing and collectible figurines can be found in these storage spaces. If you want to clear out the house and earn a bit of cash for stuff that just collects dust, try putting it all up for sale. You can hold a garage sale or create listings on websites such as eBay or Craigslist to show off your unused goods and bring home the bacon.
If you are a lover of animals, this might just be the perfect summer gig for you. Serving as a caretaker for the pets of neighbors and those who live around you, dog boarding involves taking the animals into your own home. You’ll feed them, play with them, bathe them, and enjoy their company while giving the owners complete peace of mind. There’s no better way to spend those slow summer days than to hang out with your favorite animals and get paid for doing it.
So there you are–four great ways to boost your bank this summer season. There are many other ways to cut costs and earn additional money, so get creative for the greatest profits. You never know what people will pay for, so explore your options–you might just surprise yourself!
Shaye is a single mom that has a passion for family, budgeting, healthy living, fitness, and travel. She loves finding new ways to cook healthier and stay fit, all while doing it on a budget. She has a beautiful son and one eccentric dog, but wouldn’t have it any other way. Follow her blog at http://simplyshaye.wordpress.com!