fallIt’s the end of August, and you know what that means- it is almost time for Fall.  To me, that means breaking out the jeans and hoodies, tolerating a bunch of pumpkin-flavored crap, and enjoying a short break without having to use the air conditioning and heat.

In the Midwest, it also means enjoying beautiful weather that is nearly perfect for fun family activities like camping, visiting state parks and amusement parks, and sitting around campfire.

Now that summer is coming to an end, I’m ready to put myself on budget lockdown and implement some of the strategies I’ve used to save in the past.  With that being said, here are 12 ways I plan to save money this fall:

  1. Keep the heat off as long as possible- That’s right.  Pull out those sweaters and blankets, bitches!
  2. Make homemade soups- I am currently waiting for the squash and cabbage in my garden to ripen up, then it’s ON!
  3. Do my own landscaping- Fall means cleaning up the flower and vegetable gardens and winterizing some of our plants.  And guess what, I’m doing it myself.
  4. Winterize my house- We said we were going to do this last year but ran out of time.  This fall I am going to caulk windows and doors and get this house winter-tight!
  5. Bagging my own leaves- Yep, I’m doing that myself too.
  6. Holding off the gym membership- I might sign up for the gym on a month-to-month plan this winter, but I plan to hold off as long as I can.  I love exercising outdoors during autumn.
  7. Price shop– I generally call and price out insurance policies at least once per year.  That typically includes my homeowner’s insurance, the landlord insurance on our rentals, and my car insurance.  I’ve found that there are a ton of ways to save on insurance if you’re willing to put in the time.
  8. Shop for the holidays– I typically start stocking up for the holidays around this time of year, but only when I find gifts on super sale.  I had Christmas shopping done by October last year!
  9. Buy out-of-season stuff- I just got water shoes for $1 at Walmart and bought my kids new bathing suits for $4.  I love shopping in the off-season for the best bargains.
  10. Get outdoors- One of my favorite things to do in fall is spend time outdoors.  That typically means playing with the kids in a giant pile of leaves or pulling them around the neighborhood in a wagon.
  11. Try not to go out to eat- We have a few small trips coming up and we’re trying not to go out to eat in the weeks before and after those trips.  Wish us luck!
  12. Breaking out the old clothes- I have a ton of nice fall and winter clothes from last year, and I have no plans to replace them at all.  The same goes for my husband and two kids.

That pretty much sums up how I plan to save money this fall.  How about you?  What are your fall savings plans?