It’s almost time to bid summer farewell, fall is just around the corner! Before you start making plans to spend your hard earned cash from your summer job on all the Pumpkin Spice Lattes money can buy, consider these tips to keep your finances in check this Fall.
Scope out your local Farmer’s Market for fruits and vegetables at a fraction of the price you’ll find at the grocery store. To save even more money on food this fall, opt for fruits and vegetables that are in-season. Sweet potatoes, pears, apples and squash may be available year round, but you’ll find them to be more delicious and less expensive during the autumn harvest.
Before you rush off to the store and start checking things off your back-to-school supply list, go through your child’s backpack from the year before and take note of supplies that can be used again. After you’ve narrowed your list, start shopping around for the best deals. You can also take advantage of tax free weekends to save even more!
Make the most of fall on a nickle and a dime. Take a trip to your local apple orchard and pumpkin patch, or search your community events calendar for concerts and events. When it comes to football games, skip the stadium and host a game day watch party at home.
Plan Holiday Spending
It’s never too early to start planning for the holidays! Take a look at your holiday spending from the year before and decide on a budget you can stick to this year. From there, open a holiday savings account and strategize ways to start adding money to the account. Your December self will thank you!
The home sections of your favorite stores are bursting with fall decor and are ready to take your hard-earned cash. Instead of filling your cart to the brim with expensive decorations, opt to try your hand at a few DIY ideas from Pinterest!
Give your home a full sweep and head for your closets! Go through your belongings and make piles to keep, donate and throw away. If you’re looking to earn some extra cash, consider hosting a garage sale or selling back clothes to a local consignment shop. Bonus points: Use the money you make to help fund your holiday savings account!
Do you have a child in college? Remind them to get a head start on filling out their FASFA for the next year!
File Your Taxes
If you received an extension on filing your taxes, take note! Your return is due on Wednesday, October 15.