Monday, 1 June 2015

Tips for Starting Summer on Fresh Financial Footing

Summer is here, the kids are out of school and you have the next 3 months to look forward to “mom, do you have $20 so I can go to the movies?” Summer, more so than any other holiday, can be one of the most expensive seasons of the year. This is your opportunity to seize the day and kick your summer off on fresh financial footing.

Cut back on expenses. People are out of the house more in the summer, so look at expenses you can trim back on.

·       Find savings in the budget – Even if you can find 10% savings in your budget you will be ahead of the game. It is not that hard to do either. Look at cable for example: during the summer everyone is out of the house, so why pay for the full supply of channels? Walk around the house – how many TVs do you have with rented cable boxes? Those boxes cost $5-$10 to rent monthly, and getting rid of 1 or 2 doesn’t mean those TVs won’t work – it just means that they may not have all 9999 channels - but your pocketbook will be heavier!

·        Register kids for activities – Registering the kids for activities is actually often far cheaper during the summer than having them home (depending on the activity). Organized activities are not only good for your kids’ personal development, they also keep them out of the house and keep them from eating all your food and asking for activity money, mainly because organized activities often involve some form of lunch room so your kids can bring a lunch instead of scooping $5 from you to go out to eat with their friends.

·       Have a garage sale – Want to generate a lump sum to pay bills or even for kids’ summer activities? A garage sale is a great way to do it. If you haven’t used something in a while, just get rid of it. This gives you a financial benefit and also leaves you with a de-cluttered house =)

·       Grow some produce at home – Food is often a huge expense, so curb your grocery expenses by starting a garden in your yard. Savings on produce can add up to a minimum $20 per week savings in your grocery budget.

·       Take a good hard look at your debt – If your cash flow feels pinched, one reason may be because your monthly payments on loans and credit cards are too high. Summer is a better time than ever to sit down with a financial professional to look at ways that you can restructure your debt to put more cash flow back into your household.

·       Take advantage of free, fun, family activities - There are tons of free activities that you can do with the family to help save. Look at the GTA – the beach, Centre Island, a host of parks – there are so many “entrance free” activities to enjoy that you can surely find savings on the weekends.

Trimming back coming into the summer and clearly communicating your plans with your family is your best shot to glide through summer on better financial footing. Call DebtCare Canada today for more summer budgeting tips: 1-888-890-0888.

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