BACK TO SCHOOL
School supplies are so incredibly cheap at the moment. Now is the time to buy enough supplies for the entire year! Many stores also price match, so you don't have to spend extra money driving from one place to other.
Think about home and work as well, and buy what supplies you may need for the next year.
If you don't have kids or grands, don't need supplies for home or office, PLEASE take $5 or $10 and buy supplies and donate them to the local school. Not all kids will be able to afford supplies even at the cheap prices.
School clothes are also on sale now. Most retail stores are having clearances on summer items. August is also vision month for kids and many eye clinics are having back to school specials.
KEEPING THE HOUSE COOL
Most people don't realize how much heat light bulbs put out. ONE 65 Watt light bulb gets to about 170*!! Now stop and think about those chandeliers in the house - that's a lot of heat. Change bulbs to the new fluorescent ones - they are much cooler. Better yet, keep all lights off. I can't remember the last time I turned on a light - these long summer days really come in handy for light.
Keep the water heater turned down to 120* or lower. Anything higher is really a waste and is dangerous.
Use a dehumidifier in your basements/house even if you have AC. You will be amazed at how much more water a dehumidifier takes out of the air.
Keep your shades and blinds closed on the sunny side of the house. You may have to alternate opening and closing blinds for best effect. Keeping the sun out of the house, keeps the house cooler.
Make sure you keep your AC unit clean. Hose down the outside unit regularly. Make sure the filter is nice and clean as well. Everything works so much more efficiently when clean.
Utilize ceiling fans if you have them. They keep the air moving.
Those who have Kroger or affiliate grocery chains in their town, know that using your Kroger reward card gives you cents off at the gas pump. Most of the summer, they were doubling points on weekends. That has ended, at least here in Indiana. Kroger is now also offering .03/per gallon discount with the reward card. That is .03 per gallon any day of the week, whether you have made Kroger purchases or not. So just for having the card, you can SAVE when purchasing gas at their stations.
Farmer markets are going full blast now just about everywhere around the country. If you are not growing your own produce, I sure hope you are utilizing the markets for fresh goods. One hint I like to pass along, is to shop close to the end of the day. Yes, there may not be as many items to pick from, but odds are what you DO get will be cheaper. Most vendors don't want to have to pack up supplies, so they often let you dicker on price, just to get rid of produce. It can't hurt to ask!!!!
Get as much fresh produce this summer as possible, whether it be from growing, barter, or buying. Can or freeze for the future. Home grown is so much better for you and your family. You will be mighty happy to eat those wonderful goodies this winter, when all good freshness is gone!
Hope this helps you save a few dollars somewhere along the line!