The mercury is rising again and I’m starting to sweat the small stuff – in fact, it seems like I’m sweating all the stuff.
But, I’m determined to find some ways to cool off for a bargain in the process and now I’m sharing my non-traditional penny-pinching tips.
Treat yourself with AC. This is an old trick from “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”, a great novel in which a poor, turn-of-the-(19th)-century family is trying to save money to buy land.
Admittedly, they treated themselves with heat to save cash, but you can do the same with cool air.
I cool myself as well as I can throughout the day without AC and then crank it on for the night, since I can’t sleep well when I’m sweating. (This also works great if you’re at an air-conditioned job all day – turn it off at home to save!)
Here’s some ways I save on air conditioning:
- Stretch your juice budget. When frozen, concentrated orange juice goes on sale, I buy several jars and keep them in the freezer. On hot days, I spoon a little of the slush into a glass, top it off with chilled water and voila! A chilly, healthy, flavored drink. For even more flavor, brew herbal tea, chill it and mix that with the juice. Heaven, I promise.
- Turn off the computer. Yes, I love my computer. But there’s a reason cats curl up on these things in the winter – they get hot. Okay, I know we need our electronics even in hot weather. But a little planning and diligent efforts at hitting the off switch when we don’t absolutely need our gadgets can cut down the overall heat in your house.
- Learn to love the library. Guess what. My local library has tons of free entertainment – and it’s air conditioned. Is there a better combination around? I think not. Even if you’re not much of a reader, most libraries have impressive DVD and magazine collections – great for chilling out on a sultry summer night.
- Find projects to cool yourself down. Here’s a double money-saver: when my shower curtains start to get a little less than sparkling, rather than buy new ones, I sprinkle them with bleach and scrub them down with cold water in the bathtub. In the process, I get cooled down – kind of a sprinkler for grown-ups. Other watery cleaning projects: washing the car/dog, hand-washing delicate clothes, cleaning out the fridge/freezer.
Enjoy your summer, and don’t let keeping cool for you to file bankruptcy.