5 Tips to Help Your Family Save Money This Season
Every year when fall rolls around, families again have to deal with increased expenses. School supplies, new clothes, signing up for new activities, holiday parties, food costs, and gifts are all making an impact on your family’s budget this time of year. Here are some way ways to help your family save money this season.
- Have a Potluck Thanksgiving and Holiday Parties
If you’re planning a large family gathering for your Thanksgiving dinner or any holiday party get together , don’t shoulder the entire cost yourself. Encourage your extended family to bring dishes for the table so that it becomes a potluck feast. Then, everyone can feel like they contributed something and it lessens the burden on you.
- Adjust the Thermostat
We just started to feel the chill of Fall, but know that in other parts of the country you are well into it. With fall weather comes shorter days and colder nights. At some point during this season, your heat will need to come on. If you cringe at the thought of your energy bill rising once the leaves turn, take a look at your thermostat. You can make some subtle adjustments to the temperature in your home without making your family suffer in a chilly interior. Turning down the temperature at night, or programming your thermostat can help your utility bill be a little more reasonable.
- Get More Savings With Packages
Next, you should take a look at some of your monthly recurring costs. While you may not be able to reduce your monthly mortgage this fall, you may be able to cut down on the cost of insurance. Your insurance can be cheaper if you choose to take advantage of bundling your policies. Here are some local insurance in San Diego. Same goes for phone and cable. There are deals out there, and many times if you just give your service provider a call and tell them you need to reduce your monthly amount, they have different ways to help.
- Find a Flea Market, Swap Meet, or Consignment
We all know, I love the flea market for furniture and turning recycling it into something fabulous, but these places can also really help your family save more this season. You can find new clothes and items for your kids and family. With growing children, it can get frustrating when your kids are constantly outgrowing their newest clothes. You can sometimes find a wealth of items that are gently used on local online flea market groups. Some communities stage large swap meets during this time of year as well. You can also find some fun unique gifts for the holidays too.
- Make your Gifts
For those gifts you don’t find at the flea market, why not try and make your gifts. There are so many great gifts you can make that are so special. Check out our HAPPY Gifts Pinterest board for some ideas. This can save you a ton of money, plus homemade gifts are the best and make the receiver feel so special.
We really do want you to have a HAPPY Holiday season and hope these tips help in saving you a little in the pocket book.