Things To Do Before Summer Ends To Save Time And Money

August 29, 2018
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As sad as it is to think that the summer might be coming to an end, unfortunately all good things do.  We have had an excellent summer and have enjoyed a lot of time outside, exploring our garden and the fun activities nearby.


However, with the weather changing this means we need to prepare ourselves for the start of a new season.  My fellow money bloggers and I have created this list of end of summer household tasks to get you ready for autumn and winter.  Enjoy!


Pack away/protect garden furniture

Garden furniture is great!  It allows us to enjoy our gardens completely; to eat outside and to socialise outside.  However, it is exposed to the elements and this can cause damage that will reduce the life of these products.  Therefore, it wise to get protective covers or even put away any furniture that you can.  Also make sure that they are secured in case things get a little windy.  Doing this now will mean that your garden furniture is good to use again once the spring comes round.


Pack away/protect garden toys

Michelle at Time and Pence agrees with me on this one.  She says “make sure you clean and put away any children’s garden toys, sandpits, paddling pools etc, that have been left out. That way they will stay good as new and can be used again the following year.” And she’s right!  You don’t want to have to pay out for new toys every year just because you couldn’t be bothered to clean them up this year.  Plus doing this will mean that at the first signs of summer next year you’ll have everything ready to go.


Seal fences/external wood work and do any fixes

If you’ve been putting this off, well put it off no more!  Sealing fences and woodwork now will protect it over the winter months and stop any unnecessary and potentially expensive damage.  Likewise, it is time to do any niggling external repairs.  For example, we needed to refelt our shed roof as a few bits were coming loose.  Now we know that our shed will be safe from leaks and the contents will stay protected.


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Clear out unused summer clothes and sell on

Ruth from RuthMakesMoney.com says “At the end of the summer, I go through my wardrobe and if there are any summer or holiday clothes that I haven’t worn in 2 years, I donate to charity or sell on eBay. I always feel great having a clear out, it frees up some space and helps me to look forward to a new season.”  And she is absolutely right.  Clearing out and selling on will keep your wardrobes free from clutter in the months ahead.


Lee from Homely Economics goes further and says “It’s a good time to rotate your summer and winter clothes. You can help your summer clothes go through storage without getting smelly or mouldy by washing, drying and folding them neatly, and vacuum-sealing them. Most of us have more clothes than we need to be honest, so rotating them properly helps them to come out ready-to-wear and not smelling icky!”  The last thing I want when I pull out my favourite summer clothes next year is to realise that they have developed a funny smell.  Or even worse are no longer wearable.  Spending this time now will keep your favourite clothes well looked after.



Sort through kids’ clothes and indoor toys

With Christmas not too far away, it is a good time to review your kids’ stuff.  (And make sure your are ready for it.  Check this post.)  My kids have been distracted by my garden the last few months.  This means that many of their indoor toys have been neglected.  Some of them they have now outgrown and can be sold on, but others I wish we had never had in the first place.  McDonald’s toys that we have inherited or stuff that comes in party bags.  Yeah my kids love them for two minutes but now they are forgotten.  This gives me a window of opportunity to get them out of the house.


Clothes also fall into this category because I know that I have kept many of my eldest’s clothes from last winter but I know that they will not fit her now.  I intend to go through these and take them to our local nearly new shop where they will sell them on my behalf.

Prepare herb garden

There are two things you can do here.   The first is to bring your herbs indoors.  Creating a windowsill herb garden will give you quick access to fresh herbs.  It will also make your home feel and smell brighter and fresher with all those lovely plants around.


The alternative is to harvest lots of herbs and prepare them for use over the winter.  Typically, I dry lots of herbs and store them in jars.  This works well for oregano especially as drying actually enhances the flavour.  Others, such as coriander, can be frozen in bunches and are then ready to use straight from the freezer.  I find this works particularly well for soup recipes.  An even better idea that I saw here was to freeze them in varying combinations in olive oil or butter or stock.  Follow the link for suggestions.


Preserve excess summer fruits and vegetables

Becky at Eat Simply has this to say “Make jam from your fruit!!!”  And it pretty much summarises this section.  However, I prefer not to limit myself to just jam and recommend just stewing up your fruits for use in crumbles and pies later.  The same goes for leftover veg.  Make a few soup combinations and store in the freezer.  You’ll be grateful for them when the temperature has dropped and you want a nice warming dinner.


John and Emma from Tuppenny’s FIREplace say “Use your excess garden produce to make frugal Christmas gifts. I am currently bread & butter pickles with the masses of cucumbers and courgettes I’ve got and I make a mean runner bean pickle! I have orders every year from family and friends.”  And I think this is just perfect.  It kills two birds with one stone.  Uses up leftover food and saves on Christmas gifts.  Love it!



Clean house exteriors

As the weather deteriorates so does my desire to go outside, particularly if it is to clean the bit of my house I can’t see from the inside.  Therefore, I always try and give the outside of the house a bit of a spruce up.  This includes cleaning windows, doors and fascias.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t go overboard as I know 6 months of rain is going to have my house looking a mess again but I like to get to a good starting point.


Eileen from Your Money Sorted takes this further suggesting that “It’s a great time to check that your gutters, gulley traps and drains are all clear, to prevent any issues with flooding during the winter.”  We did this last year as we were getting an over-spill from one of our gutters.  When we looked they were full of leaves and moss.  We are pleased that we sorted it when we did.


Tidy gardens

It may seem odd to tidy up your garden just at the point when you are about to start spending far less time in it.  Trust me when I say it is worth the effort.  Trimming back plants, trees and hedges now will mean that when they start to thrive again in the spring they will be the size you want them to be.  If you leave them they will just grow bigger and bigger, leaving you with either an overgrown garden or twice as much work to do.


Emma from My Debt Diary learnt this from experience.  She says “at the end of last summer we covered our flower beds in bark chips after spending hours and hours over the summer weeding them. (We moved in to the house January last year and everything was overgrown.) It slowed the regrowth of weeds right down and meant we have spent a fraction of time weeding the garden this year and have been able to spend far more time enjoying it instead!”


Get your house ready

As we retreat into our homes it is worth taking time to review the space that you’ll be spending the next few months in.  This might mean having a bit of a clear out or doing some redecorating.  Thinking about how you are going to heat your home should be a consideration too.  Emma, The Money Whisperer, says “Shut your trickle vents and ensure instead that you open the windows once a day to ventilate the room and change the air.“   It is also worth dealing with any drafts and boosting any insulation that you have in your home.


 Switch your energy supplier

With energy in mind, Helen from The Complaining Cow recommends you “look now for switching energy to allow for the few weeks it will take to change before the heating goes on and if your boiler needs a service do it now before they get busy and deals won’t be around so much!”  Your spending on energy will increase over the winter months.  Taking the time to ensure that you are paying the lowest price will potentially save you a small fortune.  For other ways to save, check out my post: 10 things you can do to save money this month and every month


Which of these end of summer household tasks will you need to do?

Alternatively, are there any you think need to be on the list?  Let me know below.  And don’t forget to check out my post on Why Autumn Is The Perfect Time To Save.


Disclaimer:  Remember the information you read here does not represent advice.  Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you.  Read the full disclaimer here.

These end of summer household tasks will have you full of ideas to ready your home and garden for the autumn. Not only will you save time but these money saving strategies will help you stay on budget and hopefully leave you with extra cash over the winter. #frugalliving #diy #saving #lookingafteryourpennies

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28 responses to “Things To Do Before Summer Ends To Save Time And Money”

  1. Pracreation says:

    You have discussed so great hacks and most of them are eco-friendly that conserve environment. Kudos to your efforts.

  2. Tracy @ Cleland Clan says:

    Great list! We don’t always think to do some of these things until it’s too late. Making sure your garden is prepared for winter leads to less work in the spring.

  3. Kayleen Foster says:

    These are some great ideas! Thanks for the tips.

  4. Lauren says:

    These are great reminders!I definitely need to do some sealant work on our back porch arbor and some fences.

  5. Jenna says:

    Awesome! Just today my husband announced that the trampoline was getting packed away soon. I look forward to cleaning out our closets. Thanks for all these reminders. Love it!

    • Charlotte Jessop says:

      I cleared mine out yesterday and I’ve been opening the doors all day just to look at how organised it looks. Enjoy!

  6. Sofi says:

    I genuinely don’t want summer to end! I’m so sad

  7. Sarah Dean says:

    So many great ideas! I’ve just had a wardrobe clear-out – I was pretty brutal about it but felt great afterwards.

    I’m definitely going to look up some crumble recipes tonight! I’m really looking forward to cosy autumn food. 🙂

  8. Marijke Doldersum says:

    Some good tips there especially about the clothes. I actually get rid off clothes if I have not worn them for a year. As a gardener I know it is important to prepare your garden for next year by pruning, clearing and trimming your plants in shape.

    • Charlotte Jessop says:

      See I’m a terrible gardener but every now and then I have a good sort out and keep on top of everything. Thanks for reading.

  9. Sofi says:

    These are such great tips!! Thank you for sharing

  10. Lucy says:

    That’s really interesting about opening the windows to change the air. I had never thought of that ?

    • Charlotte Jessop says:

      I try to do this whenever we have the heating on. I find that the air gets too stuffy otherwise and messes with my asthma. 🙂

  11. Shawn @ Healthy Wealthy Skinny says:

    This is a great list. I’ve never really thought about doing end of summer tasks. I really liked the suggestions to go through clothes and toys to find things that need to be donated or sold. I also liked the suggestion to clean the exterior of the house.

    • Charlotte Jessop says:

      Glad you found it useful! It seems it doesn’t matter the time of year, there’s always stuff that needs doing.

  12. Emma Maslin says:

    Some really great tips here ?

  13. Erica D Ardali says:

    Fall/Winter has got to be my biggest spending season. I am trying to save some by adding some DIY Home Decor options.

  14. Sophia Inza says:

    Ah I’ve been dying to do an herb garden. I might just have to jump in and finally do it!

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