September is a great time to re-establish routines and reconsider where you’re spending your money – think of it as a “New Year” without the pressure!
With summer ending and the holidays still a few months away, it affords you the perfect time to get your (financial) house in order and re-implement those frugal practices you may have forgotten over the summer months BEFORE the holidays are upon us.
My 4 Favorite Frugal Fall Tips
– Go through documents from past school year, create memory boxes for each child, organize photos in prep for holiday gifts such as photo cards and calendars
Read my post on Cheap And Creative Memory Keeping Ideas
Transition Your Home
– Clean out closets for garage sales and year-end donations. Also look to daily deal sites like GROUPON for bigger ticket cleaning like windows and gutters before the weather gets bad.
– Now that the weather is starting to cool off, the thought of being in the kitchen for a few hours on a weekend is a little more tolerable. Make a batch of cookies on the weekend, scoop it into balls and freeze individually, pulling just a few out to make “fresh” each day after school. This is also a good time to make a batch of soup and freeze portions in a muffin tin (I love making soup in my new multi-cooker).
Plan a Getaway
– Fall break is coming up and you can save a TON of money in this travel season Post-Summer but Pre-Holiday. Consider driving distance destinations like Dollywood or if flying, utilize tools like Southwest’s Low-Fare Calendar to determine when to get the cheapest flights and chances are you’ll be able to find cheap hotels around the same time.
Come back to watch the video from my segment on Talk of the Town.
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