A lot of things that cost money in life depend quite heavily on the seasons. If you live in the UK, where the difference between summer and winter can be quite extreme (if we’re lucky!) then you may not have considered how this affects your bank account before. In fact, you can save a lot of money by doing things ‘out of season’, as once demands for products or services become high, the prices inevitably go up. Read on for some great ideas about how to save throughout the year.
Hay fever tablets
If you’re one of the unlucky ones who suffers from hay fever during the spring and summer months, then you’ll know just how important hay fever tablets are. From an itchy nose to the full-blown red eyes and a rash – hay fever can really disrupt your life for the time that you suffer with it.
In the winter months, hay fever tablets are obviously much less in demand, so the prices tend to go down. The stock left over from the previous summer may go on sale in some shops (make sure you check the use-by date), helping you to make some massive savings. Stock up on a good supply and you’ll thank yourself once spring rolls around again.
Christmas comes around at exactly the same date every year, yet it’s still easy to get caught out and end up rushing around, trying to finalise everything. Instead of enduring this stress each year, try to create a ‘Christmas Box’, which you can fill with useful things all year round. Presents can be bought in sales, the turkey can be bought for a huge discount just after Christmas and frozen until the next year, and decorations should be reused rather than buying new.
If you cook a lot of your meal from scratch, why not make up certain parts of the meal (the sauces and the stuffing etc.) beforehand and freezing it? You’ll be glad that it’s already been done for you when the time comes, and you’ll be spreading the cost over a more manageable period of time.
We all get told to make sure our boilers are working properly, that our heating systems aren’t blocked and that our homes aren’t draughty during the winter, but any problems identified when it’s already cold may be found too late. Boiler maintenance/replacement is in high demand in the winter, and getting seen quickly and being charged a fair price can be difficult to achieve. Sorting out these issues during the summer months will be much cheaper – get your boiler serviced in April or May and you could save a lot of money.
Gritting salt, snow chains and winter clothing are also much cheaper in the summer, so try to buy these things while they’re on sale or being sold cheaply. Ensuring that you have an emergency stock of snow equipment can make a huge difference if your area is hit by an unexpected bout of freezing weather.