Fall is a great season if you plan it well and take a few things into consideration. We came up with a list of 12 ways in which you can welcome fall this year, combining your desire to save money with fun activities. See which one you like best!
In case you didn’t know, here are the starting dates of the four seasons of the year:
- Spring – March 20
- Summer – June 21
- Fall – September 23
- Winter – December 21
The change of these seasons are determined by shifting sunlight, which is affected by how the Earth orbits the Sun. The tilt of our planet’s axis also determines the changing of the season. A lot of people look forward to spring and summer because of the excellent weather, but what about fall and winter? These two seasons also have their own charms.
Fall, in particular, is when you will see golden, burnt orange, yellow, and similar colors on the ground. As the last traces of summer fade away, there’s a cooling of the temperature which signals the changing of the seasons. Fall is one of the most colorful seasons of the year, which is why it is a must to welcome it accordingly. Read on to find out about the top 12 cheap ways for you to welcome fall this year.
A Dozen Affordable Ways to Welcome the Fall Season
Even if fall is not your favorite time of the year, you can’t help but be awed by the gorgeous colors surrounding nature. As the hue of the leaves change, the temperature cools down, the air becomes filled with scents of cinnamon and pumpkin, all these signify that autumn is upon us. Here are the top 12 most affordable ways to welcome fall:
1. Create a DIY autumn wreath.
The best way to usher in a new season is to welcome those who will come knocking at your door with a gorgeous autumn-themed wreath. You don’t even need to spend any money creating one. Utilize the materials available in nature and combine it with the items that you already have at home to make a do-it-yourself wreath.
If you have a basic holiday wreath, for example, cover the green with gold ribbon left over from your last holiday shopping spree. Then, use a glue gun and glue stick to place fall leaves, cones, acorns, corn husks, and branches all over the wreath.
You can also incorporate your family name’s initial by cutting out a letter made from cardboard or Styrofoam, which you can cover in gold paint or glitter glue. You can also use hydrangeas, paper flowers, buttons, brooches – whatever materials you have at home will do, as long as the end result is autumn-themed.
2. Have a start-of-autumn yearly ritual with your family.
To signal the end of the summer and welcome autumn, why not take on an activity which you can consider as a yearly ritual? Do it with friends or family members so that you can usher in the fall season. For instance, you can take an end-of-summer hike because autumn is the perfect time of the year to explore the outdoors.
If you live in an area famous for brewing beer, distilling spirits or making wine, visit the factories and have a taste of what they have to offer. Go on a pumpkin or apple-picking trip. You can also fill your house with scents associated with fall: pumpkin, apple, cinnamon or artificially-made rain mists. Doing these things annually will turn the activities into a happy tradition, giving you memories that will last you for practically a lifetime.
3. Save money by stocking up on end-of-summer produce.
There should be a local farm, vineyard, orchard or farmer’s market in your area that you can visit during the start of the fall season. Even before the month of September officially begins, you will already see an abundance of fresh tomatoes, berries, and melons. Stock up on these fruits and veggies to save you money on food.
Not only are they cheap, but you can get them at their most delicious. Tomatoes can be canned or cooked into pasta sauce, which you can freeze for longer storage. Melons can be frozen, pureed, candied or turned into smoothies or juice. Strawberries can be incorporated into baked goods, or turned into jam.
4. Pack away your summer clothes.
Fall is that time of the year when temperatures start dropping, so you won’t be able to wear those flimsy tops or summer dresses anymore. This is as good a time as any to clean your closet of clutter. Start putting back in storage those summer clothes and bring out your warm-weather garments.
While you’re at it, get rid of items which you have not worn for the past year because you are not bound to wear them again – especially the ones with the tags still on, or those which you are waiting to fit your body again. Sell all your extra clothes online or at a garage sale so that you can make some money, while de-cluttering at the same time.
5. Instagram those lovely fall colors.
Whether you have a DSLR, a digital camera, or just the regular camera on your smartphone, you can Instagram those lovely colors which signal the start of the fall season. Collect a handful of leaves with different colors and you will be amazed at the variety of hues. Use the macro lens setting on your camera to capture the brightness of each individual shade.
You can also take snapshots of the foliage in the streets which you pass by on your way to work, the full moon, the sunset, or your kids playing with fall leaves in your front lawn or backyard.
6. Set a fancier dining table with fall-themed decorations.
With the sun setting sooner during the winter season, you will have more time enjoying dinner with the family. To spruce up your dining area, change the table setup by using fall-themed table runners, fabric, or linens which you can grab at a cheap price from thrift stores.
You can also use pine cones, acorns, and fall leaves then place them in a bowl with a candle to be placed at the center of the table. Cook up those fall recipes with fresh ingredients and bask in your time together as a family.
7. Prepare your bedroom for colder nights.
The start of the fall season is when you will switch those cool, thin blankets with thick comforters or duvets. Vacuum your mattress, air out those pillows or replace them if necessary, and make your bed ready for snuggling during the winter season. You can also incorporate fall-themed pieces to update the décor in your bedroom.
8. Make sure you have a place for muddy boots.
Fall is preparatory for winter, which is wet, cold and muddy. Make sure to keep the inside of your house clean by providing a mud tray for boots and shoes – something that guests and all members of the household should use.
9. Mow your lawn throughout the fall season.
The beginning of the autumn season is also the best time to winter-proof your house. The first thing that you can do is to continue watering and mowing your lawn. Continue this as often as necessary during the entire fall season.
Right before winter approaches, you can use the lowest setting on the blade so that more sunlight will be absorbed by the crown of the grass that you have planted. This way, these will be less leaves that will turn brown during the official start of the winter season.
10. Clean those gutters.
One of the biggest expenses that you can have – which you cannot afford to put off especially once the winter season arrives – is having a damaged roof repaired. What if you don’t have the funds saved up for such a household emergency? To prevent this from happening in the first place, make sure that the drainage system of your roof, the gutter, is kept clean and smooth-flowing.
Clogged gutters can damage the exterior of your house, which can even leak water into the basement. Just before the leaves start flying off during the fall season, have your gutters cleaned thoroughly and protect them with mesh guards to prevent more debris from being stuck inside.
11. Check your roof for problems.
During the winter season, you might also experience leaky roof problems. You don’t want to only start inspecting the roof for damage when there’s already a leak – it will be pretty impossible to find. Once fall starts, do inspect the roof from top to bottom, check for cracks or wind damage, especially around the chimneys and vents.
If there are any missing or damaged shingles, have them replaced. If there is quite significant damage, it is better to address them earlier than have the problem worsen during the winter season since this will only increase your repair expenses.
12. Check on your furnace and fireplace.
Finally, check on your furnace and fireplace. These two are important in maintaining a comfortable temperature inside your home during the colder months of the year. Have your furnace inspected by a professional. If there is an unusual whirring or screeching, it could be a problem with the blower motor. Make sure to replace the furnace filter. You should also check on the functionality of your fireplace. Look for blockages, check on the damper, and inspect the chimney itself for damage.
By following these twelve tips, you can usher in the fall season without having to spend too much – while having fun and ensuring the safety of your home at the same time.