For those of you who don’t know this already, Labor Day will be celebrated on September 7th this year. According to the Huffington Post, the U.S. airlines are anticipating over 14.2 million people to fly worldwide starting Wednesday, Sept. 2, and ending Tuesday, Sept. 8, which is an increase of 3 percent from last year.
Simply put, plane tickets are very cheap at the moment, and this is no secret. If you are planning on visiting friends and relatives this Labor Day, prepare for jam-packed flights and airports!
1. Lower Your AC Costs
Now that the weather is cooling off, maybe you should give up on your AC every now and then. If turning down the room temperature by 1 degree during winter saves you $10 a month, imagine how much money you could save now, by using your AC for no more than 2 hours every day!
If our calculations are correct, you could save up to $30 a month, so write this down! If the temperature allows, why not turn off the AC completely? You could leave your windows opened for a breath of fresh air, if you need to.
2. Freeze Your Gym Membership
This one is pretty obvious, but it doesn’t mean that you have to stop working out. In general, people tend to get gym memberships during summer because the weather is too hot for them to jog outside, but with Labor Day and fall being just around the corner, the weather will get colder, making it possible for you to go jog in the park. For future reference, remember to only get gym memberships that expire before Labor Day, in order to not lose money.
3. Save Money on School and Office Supplies
If you really want to save money before Labor Day, we suggest that you buy office supplies in bulk during these last days: it’s the best time for paper companies to lower their prices. Although it may sound like buying so much ahead of time can be a little too adventurous, it will actually save you a lot of money. Plus, you don’t have to go for the extremely fancy supplies: stick to the classics and you can’t go wrong!
4. Take Advantage of Tax-Free Sales
Remember we posted a list of states that do tax-free sales every year? In case you need to buy something at reasonable prices, go check out the list one more time, write down all the tax-free events in your area and plan your shopping sprees accordingly. It is believed that these sales will save you up to 35% by combining the lack of taxes with other possible discounts, so don’t miss out!
5. Start Price-Shopping for Holiday Travel
In case you have to travel for holidays to visit friends or family, now would be a good time to book plane tickets. There are many websites to choose, but our favorite remains kayak.com, where you can set up price alerts for your destinations and get info on similar routes. Airfare will get pricier everyday from September 2nd until after the New Year’s, so you better research the situation and make plans now, while plane tickets are still cheap.
6. Sign Up for As Many Rewards Credit Cards As You Can
But make sure you are being realistic about it: if you buy a lot of grocery, eat out a lot or are on the road most of the times, look for reward credit cards that involve these activities, otherwise you’ll just waste a lot of time. The average American goes for reward credit cards that give back money on gas, restaurants, movie theaters and grocery stores.
Furniture, clothing and airfare are not a good investment. In one word, the most recurrent the activity, the more bonus points and rewards you will get on your card!
7. Look Into Getting Freebies From the Library
Before you roll your eyes and think that going to the library doesn’t cost that much anyway, let us tell you different. If you are a student, this one is for you: you will need to use the library very often after Labor Day, so you better get these freebies! Some of them offer free use of the copy-machine; others have book giveaways and so on. It doesn’t matter what they are about, just sign up for all of them and keep your fingers crossed!
8. Find Cheap or Free Flicks
Believe it or not, movie prices, including DVDs and theater tickets will go up after Labor Day, so you better start looking for some cheap entertainment. Many supermarkets offer $5 DVDs, and not all of them are bad. Also, check your local thrift store for old, $1 DVDs to save even more money.
It really pays off! For example, we bought Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing in great quality, for just $1! So yes, it can be done! Of course, there’s also Netflix, but it’s nice to have a backup plan for the holidays, when pretty much everyone is going to watch Netflix. And you know what they say: oldies, but goldies!
9. Cut Save Money By Buying Seasonal Produce
We can’t stress enough how important it is to buy seasonal produce and then can it yourself! You can make jams, pickles, compotes and the list goes on! Plus, if you want to save money before Labor Day, this is the way to do it, because afterwards tomatoes, fruits and corn will be way more expensive!
Visit the farmer’s market to find and buy the best produce and look up interesting jam recipes to guide you through. You will save up to $1 for every jar of jam you make! Plus, you’ll get to enjoy good, natural, organic products, which is not a bad thing, my friend!
10. Buy Summer Clothing on Clearance
Always be on the lookout for clothing clearance, no matter the season, but summer clearance is very special, because this is when you can buy swimwear for next to nothing! And if you live in Miami, this is a pretty sweet deal! But you don’t have to buy swimwear if you don’t need it: you can also find jewelry, belts, bags on sale, so go for it!
A very common concern is that you won’t be able to find anything in your size, but here’s a trick: buy anything that’s your size and higher because thread and needles are really inexpensive! You could reshape everything to fit you, which is a great thing!
How do you save money before Labor Day and what do you buy for this holiday? Also, if you were to choose between getting huge discounts on clothing and traveling for half the price to see your family, which one would you choose?