Maggie Jover: Cool ways to cut summer costs

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Want to save money this summer for vacation expenses or other financial goals? Consider these summer savings tips:

Food

Stock up on seasonal produce (such as blueberries) at reduced prices and freeze it for later use.

Plant a garden to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs inexpensively.

Pack lunches and snacks for vacation day trips instead of eating out at restaurants.

Travel

Take advantage of discounts for AAA and AARP members and coupons in local travel guides.

Contact state tourism departments for free vacation guidebooks with money-saving coupons.

Make sure that your tires are properly inflated and your engine tuned up to maximize fuel economy during vacation trips.

Follow the “rule of three” and compare at least three airlines, rental car companies and/or hotels when planning a vacation.

Utilities

Dry clothing outdoors to save on energy bills or laundry charges.

Use fans, instead of air conditioners, to cool your home.

Replace an aging air conditioner with an energy-efficient model.

Other

Plant trees or use window treatments to shade your house from the sun.

Check out neighborhood garage sales and flea markets for inexpensive clothing, housewares and tools.

Wash your own car instead of taking it to the car wash.

Take advantage of free or low-cost public services including outdoor concerts, pools, parks and summer recreation programs.

Need more ideas? Attend the 2013 Energy Summit and Fair from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, at University of North Texas Discovery Park. You can tour UNT’s Zero Energy Research Laboratory house and learn ways to be more energy efficient. Admission is free.

For more information, visit www.burgess.house.gov/energysummit .

MAGGIE JOVER is the family and consumer sciences county extension agent with Texas AgriLife Extension. She can be reached at 940-349-2882.

 


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