OK, there’s not really a ‘cheap season.’ When people think about which time of the year is the costliest, they usually say Summer. But the thing about summer is that, unless you’re taking an expensive family holiday, then it doesn’t have to break the bank; the many free events and festivals make sure of that. Autumn is different. The free events have slowed down, if not disappeared altogether, and you can’t exactly just spend days enjoying the sunshine. It’s an expensive time, but there are ways to lower the costs. We take a look at four of them below.
Make Home a Haven
If you’re bored in the home, then you’re going to spend a lot of money on activities that take you outside, such as trips to the cinema or out to dinner. So do your best to make your home a place where you want to spend time. By upping the comfort levels, you can create a space that allows you to sink into the simple joys of the season. Watching films as a family, reading, or otherwise relaxing don’t have to cost a penny, and they’re fun, too.
Figure Out Energy Costs
However, if you’re going to spend more time in the home, then you’ll notice a sharp increase in your energy bills. So focus on bringing them down. For example, while you might want to turn the heating on, it’s not so cold that you need to have it cranked up high. Select a temperature that makes you comfortable. If you’re able to wear shorts and t-shirts indoors, then it’s too high. The other staples, such as turning off any electrical gizmos when they’re not in use, can be applied year-round.
Minimising the Dangers
The changing weather can bring with them plenty of accidents, which can add an unwelcome surprise expense to your monthly bill. As such, it’s worthwhile finding out ways to minimise the dangers. Due to diminished light and heavy rain, a lot of car accidents happen during the autumn. Make sure you’re not left out of pocket by getting full coverage insurance, rather than a policy that just covers you for the basics. You may also want to check the exterior of your house; a fallen branch can do much expensive damage to your home, for instance. A boiler service now may also prevent an expensive repair just as the temperatures really dip, too.
Beware the Impulse Spending
Now, we know that one of the best things about autumn is the comfort food. But make sure you’re doing it right. If you’re getting too many warming, delicious – and utterly unhealthy – takeaway meals, the costs will quickly add up. Ignore the urge to impulsively purchase these foods, and cook your own. They’ll be healthier, just as delicious, and will cost a fraction of the price.
You can’t always avoid the costs associated connected with autumn, but you have more control than you might have previously thought. Take the tips below, and you’ll be all set when it comes to saving for Christmas!