For our UK, US and Canadian Qmee users, the month of September means the start of the fall season. The temperatures are dropping, the leaves are changing color, and Halloween and Bonfire Night are just around the corner – it’s safe to say summer is officially over in many places!
Many people will be unhappy to see the end of summer but we think there are lots of fun, exciting things about this season too; warm clothes, hot drinks, nights in, crisp colder air and playing in the fallen leaves, for a few examples.
We know that fall can be an expensive season as it’s not so easy to spend time outside, doing things that are free, because of the weather. So, we’ve put together some ideas for enjoying the fall season and saving money at the same time…
Enjoy a cosy night in – the fall season is the perfect time to enjoy nights in with your friends or loved one whilst the temperature is dropping outside. Grab a blanket, pick some of your favorite movies and snacks, and get your comfy clothes on! To save money, you can watch films from your current collection rather than buying new ones, and look out for deals on snacks at your local store – there will be plenty to choose from to keep your cosy night in as cheap as possible.
Start baking – when it’s cold outside, you may not feel like going out so why not spend a day baking some yummy treats; cakes, scones, brownies, cupcakes – there’s so much to choose from and you’ll find some great recipes online and on Pinterest. Baking ingredients aren’t expensive to buy so you won’t have to splash the cash to enjoy yourself.
Go for a walk – we don’t mean a boring walk to your nearest shop to buy some milk and bread! Wrap up warm and try heading somewhere with beautiful scenery; some woods, a national park or even a local lake. There’s nothing better than walking through the crunchy autumnal leaves in the crisp fall air. Walking is free (of course!) so you don’t have to worry about spending any money and it has the added bonus of getting your 30 minutes of exercise for that day.
Get crafting – with Halloween and Christmas not too far away, fall is a great time to start crafting. You’ll find some brilliant ideas on Pinterest for Halloween decorations and things you can add to your Christmas tree. Craft supplies usually don’t cost much, and you can always use things you already have at home to make sure you’re well within your budget. You could even use some of your homemade crafts as gifts for your friends and family members.
Carve a pumpkin – October 31st wouldn’t be the same without buying a pumpkin and creating something really clever out of it! Social media is full of pictures of amazing pumpkin carving ideas in the lead up to Halloween. The best thing is, pumpkins are relatively cheap to buy and they’ll keep you busy having to scoop out the seeds and carve a unique design. If you save the seeds and some of the inside of the pumpkin, you can use them in a recipe – there’s lots of yummy ideas on the internet if you take a look.
Whatever you decide to do this fall, there are plenty of ways to save money and keep well within your budget so don’t panic – just enjoy the start of a new season.