By D. Lanier Shook August 10, 2013
Well, summer is winding down. Kids are headed back to school and if you thought summer vacation was expensive, you’re in for a shock. Of course you already knew that.
Fortunately there are several ways you can save money by acting right now. Literally right now, or as soon as possible. Here are five things you can do now to spend less later.
1. SAVE MONEY AT HALLOWEEN BY BUYING NOW
Right now the stores are full of merchandise from the movies your kids will be dressing from on October 31st. Whether it’s Superman, Iron Man, or another popular character you can find related items in WalMart, Target, or the Dollar Tree. If you keep your eyes peeled you can catch these as the stores mark them down on clearance and with a little creativity they’ll help save money when it comes to a cool costume.
It’s also worth pointing out that the stores are beginning to put out actual Halloween merchandise. This is the time to pick it up while you can find what you want where you want and at a price that you prefer. If you wait until October 21st to buy you costume, candy, or decor, you’ll have to pay more for something you really don’t want.
2. BUY YOUR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS NOW
A really good Christmas present is hard to find on Christmas Eve. Or even the week before Christmas. So start looking now. The retail world thrives on high turnover so watch the markdown shelves. As they move out the summer merchandise you can pick up that perfect surfboard, fishing rod, or summer outfit everyone on your gift list will love.
This is also a great time to grab stocking stuffers based on movies. If someone on your gift list — and not just kids — are fans of popular summer films this merchandise may be just what you’re looking for. Some theaters give away posters which would make perfect presents. Even the little toys McDonald’s hands out could make for a great present.
3. TIME CAN BE MONEY
Remember that in December your time may be more valuable than your cash. Even if you don’t wrap your presents right now — although that’s not an awful idea — you should take the time to locate and organize what you’ll need for your holiday. Go ahead and check the Christmas lights or locate the wrapping paper. You’ll thank yourself later.
4. USE THE EXTRA TIME TO MAKE YOUR PRESENTS
Every Christmas you end up with a list of things you wanted to do and didn’t get around to. If you’re the really crafty type — in a good way — you always have a project you’ve run out of time for. This is the time to start those projects.
5. PICK UP SOUVENIRS AS YOU TRAVEL
Travel related presents are great because everyone has either been somewhere or wants to go somewhere. If you happen to be one of those places then grab a souvenir, put it somewhere you can find it, and then you’ll have your gift list taken care of. You’re welcome.