Fall Budget Tips

Marci Thomas

September 14th, 2016 | Posted in Money Tips
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The first day of fall is September 22nd this year. That’s less than 10 days away, which is why we’ve come up with some ideas to help you save money this fall season.

  • Our first fall budget tip is to “pay yourself first”. Before anything else, put money into your savings account. This will prioritize your budget and help save you from impulse spending.
  • Plan out your meals and cut your spending. Do meal prep once a week and freeze your dinners. If you need ideas on what to make, you can find some awesome and cheap fall recipes here.
  • We’ve talked about buying generic brands before. But this time we are inviting you to just switch out a few items, instead of getting everything generic brand. See if you notice a difference and then try switching even more product to generic brands.
  • Fall shopping. Everyone wants new clothes for the new season. Our suggestion? Buy secondhand from a thirst store at a fraction of the original cost.
  • Fall means Halloween and Halloween means Halloween costumes. These can be pricey if you are getting something new. Instead, put some time into making costumes with your kids and buying the material from thrift stores. Costumes don’t have to be expensive and making them could be a great way to spend time as a family.
  • You know what else you could make that would save you money? Your own coffee. It might take a little extra time out of your morning, but making your own coffee instead of buying it from a coffee shop, will save you money! Especially if you are getting your coffee fix 3 times a week from a café.
  • Be ready for bad or even cloudy weather because it will change your attitude. Many people try to fix this momentary depression by buying new things. Instead do things with people you love. Make dinner together, go for a run, and try to not focus on the bad.
  • If the weather is still nice out, try to go without heat or air conditioning for September and October. This will cut your bills and help you to save! Just be smart about it, we don’t want you getting sick from the cold.
  • Lastly, free and cheap entertainment is easy to find this time of year! Harvest festivals, haunted houses, and community activities, are happening all the time. Get outside and have some fun, even on a budget.

We hope you like can enjoy the fall this year and that these simple budget tips help!