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Make September SAVEtember

Fall with Family | Solidarity Community Federal Credit UnionAs we start moving towards those expensive holiday months, it’s important to start finding ways to save our pennies. Don’t lock yourself in the house just yet, we have some creative and fun ways you and your family can get out and enjoy the fall weather without breaking the bank. 

Thrift-Haunting

Start frequenting your favorite thrift stores to find some deals on Halloween decorations and snag some costume apparel on the cheap. Brand new Halloween costumes and décor will set you back this time of year, so if you really want a new zombie-popping-out-of-a-coffin yard ornament, wait until after October 31 to buy it at a fraction of the current cost. You won’t get to scare the kids until next year, but you will save enough money to buy more candy for the neighborhood goblins to gobble.

Hold off on Big Ticket Items

We know you want that big screen right now, but retailers raise their prices before the holidays hoping that people want to see the big game in larger than life detail. Don’t fall for it! Wait until Thanksgiving is over and make your purchase in late January or early February when the stores are competing to make the most sales and get rid of their huge stock. 

FREE Museums

September 23 is the perfect day to check out that museum you’ve been wanting to enjoy with your family because chances are, it’s FREE! The Smithsonian is celebrating Museum Day Live and partnering with museums across the country to bring free tickets to you. Find out more about #museumdaylive and download your ticket today

Open your Windows

Let the fresh air in and take a deep breath knowing that mosquito season is (finally) over! September is the time when the air begins to crisp and those heat waves are already a distant memory. Turn off the air conditioning and enjoy the temperate weather that accompanies Autumn. Keep those hands off the thermostat at night too when the temperatures drop. Throw an extra blanket on your bed and keep your windows shut to enjoy maximum energy savings. 

Long Walks, Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Patches

Soup season has arrived, so it’s time to bust out grandma’s famous root vegetable stew recipe. Save yourself the cost of out of season vegetables and grab a few squashes for a budget and family friendly meal. 

It’s also the pumpkins time to shine, so plan a weekend to take the kids out to a pumpkin patch for some thrifty family fun. You get extra points for roasting the seeds of the carved pumpkins for a heart healthy snack!

Finally, get those legs moving! Nothing beats fall weather for a good walk around your neighborhood with your family and friends. Now that the heat has passed, throw on a light jacket and walk a couple miles every day for a free way to grab some fresh air and exercise.  
 
Don’t forget to stash the extra cash you save in your Solidarity Savings Account!
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