See what CafeMoms are saying about saving time this holiday season..
I love those "Choose This, Not That" books about eating healthy foods. It is so easy when someone lays it out for you what is better to do than something else. Granted you still have to actually do it, but it helps with the decision making process at least.
There are some helpful books that offer similar ideas for saving money and we've talked about them a lot here, but when it comes to summer time fun, when the kids are out of school and the weather is gor-ge-ous, well, there are some great ways to save some summer cash by doing one thing versus another...and these actually work year-round.
-- Buy refurbished versus new. If you are looking for a new computer or iPad or iPhone, check out the refurbished ones. You can save hundreds of dollars, still get the warranty and even the pros say they are just as good as new ones.
-- Hit the museum instead of the movies. Movies can cost a lot of money for a family of four, when you add in the drinks and popcorn. Head to a museum and see some amazing art of another kind for much less.
-- Got to the library rather than order books online. Believe me, I love my Amazon and Barnes and Noble, but heading to the library and checking out books is a huge way to save money. Also, you never know what free literary event they may have going on that you and the kids can take part in.
-- Walk instead of drive. Walk into town for a pizza dinner out instead of drive and save that gas money. This time of year, there are more hours that are sunny and it is nice enough with the weather...perfect opportunity to stroll
-- Workout at home instead of going to the gym. Put your gym membership on hold and jog outside or hit the community pool. It can save you anywhere from $40-$100 a month depending on where you live.
What is your best choices you make to save money?