Find out how to make the most of the season with our bright ideas for summer fun on a budget.
Staying focused on saving can be a challenge at any time of year. But when the sun is out and it’s party season, it can be extra tough to resist the urge to splurge. With tips for kicking back, cooling off and celebrating on a budget, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to your summer of saving.
1. Get away for less
If you’re treating yourself to some time away, there are lots of ways to enjoy your special destination without emptying your bank account:
– Heading overseas? Instead of changing money at the airport, shop around online for a better deal on foreign exchange. And you can lock in your rate with a prepaid card in your chosen currency.
– Exploring the great Aussie outdoors? Consider camping if you’ve got the gear or basic cabin accommodation if you don’t. Or try AirBnB for potential last minute savings
– Whether you’re heading to Perth, Paris or Phuket, there are many free tours available to help you get the best from your destination. Hit the visitors’ centre on arrival to find out what’s free and make the most of their insider knowledge.
– Ditch the $25 buffet breakfast and eat like a local from markets or food stalls. Or if you have your own kitchen at your holiday lodgings, whip up some fresh fruit or a plate of eggs to fuel you up all day long.
2. A moneywise staycation
Playing the tourist in your very own backyard can be the best way to relax on holidays, knowing you’re saving hundreds of dollars on travel and hotels.
– A staycation doesn’t have to mean staying home. Pack a picnic and head to a local national park to explore local wildlife and bushwalks.
– Hit the beach! Australia has some of the finest in the world so you’re lucky enough not to have to travel too far for fun on the sand and in the surf. For extra savings, be sure to bring plenty of snacks so you can resist the lure of costly takeaway.
– Organise a backyard campout, complete with stargazing and campfire ‘smores. This is great for all ages, but the kids will really love you for it.
– From street fairs, to exhibitions and outdoor cinema, there are free events galore to enjoy during the summer months. Check your state tourism and council websites and social media to find out what’s going on in your local area.
3. Stay cool and save
If staycation is your style, you’ll want to avoid spending a fortune on energy bills when the heat is getting the better of you. Time your daytrips and outings so you can enjoy a cool space – perhaps a gallery or museum – when temperatures are at their highest. You can save your air conditioning budget for bedtime, get a good night’s rest and be ready for another day of local adventures.
4. Home comforts
Taking time to potter about at home for the holidays can be very appealing, especially if it allows you to take on a new money saving project like planting a vege garden or brewing your own beer. And when it’s time to harvest your crops or bottle your first batch, it’s the ideal excuse to invite friends to bring share plates over for a pot luck supper. Or if your vege patch has been even more successful than you expected, ask friends to bring their empty jars and throw a preserving party – the perfect way to share your produce, and the labour it takes to pick and store it. Yum!
How are you planning to spend your summer and stick to your savings goals? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.