Many people welcomed the beginning of summer with the summer solstice, but frugal moms and dads may only be thinking about how the hot and humid weather will cause higher electric bills because air conditioning may need to be turned on 24 hours a day until the end of summer. Even if you do not have air conditioning, you may have electric fans in every room which may also cause your electric bills to rise.
According to National Geographic the summer solstice official began Friday, June 21 at 1:04 a.m., in the Northern hemisphere, but for places in North America west of the Central Time Zone the summer solstice began Thursday night
In addition to the other simple and frugal solutions already offered, there are a few more things you can do in order to remain cool and frugal during the hot and humid summer days.
- Check the websites of your favorite local markets for their weekly sales circular. Not only will you save time and gasoline, you will save trees. Many supermarkets have weekly, unadvertised in-store specials. Try calling customer service at your favorite stores and ask what those might be that week before leaving to do your shopping
- Begin your errands as earlier in the morning as possible before the temperatures hit their peak, or shop later in the evening, when the sun goes down, to help you stay cool. Avoid shopping midday when the sun and temperatures hit their highest.
- Drive with the windows wide open for as long as you can. If the heat gets to you, by all means, switch on the air conditioning. Have an icy bottle of water with you, and keep hydrated.
- Plan your route and try not to skip around from store to store. Have all your coupons with you, even if you do not have any plans to use them. You never know what kind of sale or deal you may find, and it is best to be prepared rather than having to return to the store with the appropriate coupons at a later date.
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