It’s Week 34 of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge, here’s our challenge for this week:
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Week 34: Things you Like About Fall
It’s hard to believe fall is just around the corner. In just four weeks, it will officially be fall! There are so many things I like about fall. From the adorable outfits to sparkling apple cider, I could easily spend an entire post talking about how much I love fall. So, I thought to give this challenge a little twist, I’m going to share with you what I love about fall from a frugal perspective.
I just want to start out by saying it is not the cold weather I enjoy about fall, but rather what it brings. I hate the cold. I cannot stress that enough! When the weather is nice and warm in the summertime, it’s easy to want to spend your days outside. Spending more time out can mean taking a trip to the pool or even just going shopping. This means it’s far easier to succumb to the temptations of eating out and spending more than you would if you were home. When the weather gets colder, we are less tempted to leave which means we are less tempted by outside distractions waiting to take our hard earned cash! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to leave my house any more than I have to when it’s cold. This means I spend most of my time enjoying the things our home provides such as movies, hot cups of cocoa, and board games!
Blow out sales
I’m sure you’ve already started to notice the sales and clearance items of summer on the discount racks at some of your favorite stores. The truth is that fall is the best time to get those clothing must haves! If you were eyeing a cute pair of sandals all summer, it’s probably 75% off in fall! During the early months of fall, I scope through the clearance sections online and look for deals on clothes and outdoor items.
Fall has an abundance of low cost or free things to do! Some of my favorite things to do happen to take place in the fall! Every fall, we enjoy going to the Dixie Classic Fair, which ends up being low cost entertainment for us. Please be warned that fairs are designed to make you spend money! If you can’t fight the temptations of prize booths and overpriced rides, it’s best not to go at all. Another low cost thing we enjoy doing during fall is carving pumpkins! Every year, Mr. Penny Pincher and I go out and pick two pumpkins for carving. I scoop out all the guts, and does the actual carving. Take a look around your city and I’m sure you’ll find a plethora of fall festivities to enjoy.
Apples, pumpkins, and spice oh my!
Fall produce is hands down one of the best! With pumpkins and other produce in abundance, it’s easy to whip up some delicious treats! Last year we enjoyed some homemade pumpkin bread, as well as many other festive treats. Apple and pumpkin flavored drinks are also abundant in fall, which means we spend a lot of time in the kitchen. The heat of the oven warms the whole apartment, which is an added bonus!
Keepin’ in chilly?
As I mentioned earlier, I’m not a big fan of the cold. However, winter isn’t far behind fall. This means that right in the middle of fall it’s time to switch from AC to heat. In order to combat the high costs of running the heat, we keep our apartment at (what I consider) a chilly 68 degrees throughout fall and winter. This step alone saves us money on our power bill, and honestly it’s really not that bad. If you are wearing fall appropriate clothes and socks, it’s usually not noticeable. If we get cold, we have a number of fleece blankets to curl up under and hot beverages to enjoy!