Every time of the year is a good time to save money! Here are some simple Fall Money Saving Tips!
Simple Tips for Saving Money in the Fall
Fall is such a beautiful time of year. Although I’m always sad to say goodbye to the fresh garden produce, I do enjoy the break that winter brings in the harvesting and preserving season.
The coming of a new season brings another chance for us to save money in different ways. There are many great ways to save money in the fall and I’m excited to share those with you today so that you can make the most of your fall!
Extend Your Garden Season
This year we’ve finally begun to use cold frame hoop houses over our garden and I can’t believe we haven’t done this before! A cold frame of any kind can help to extend your garden growing season by weeks or even months. You may not be able to continue to the garden through the winter if you live in a very cold area like we do, but you can still extend your season past the frost.
We constructed a simple hoop frame over the top of our new raised beds with some pvc pipe and 4 mil clear plastic. I’m using rocks and clamps to hold it down in the wind and it seems to hold up well. In the spring we did have some 60 mph wind gusts that tore the frame off but thankfully it seems to hold up well with anything below that.
— Another way to extend your growing season is by making one of these Frugal Mini Greenhouses.
Stock Up On School Supplies for the Entire Year
Don’t skimp when it comes to school supply sales. Now is the best time of the year to stock up on whatever you can get a good price on and will use. During these sales, pick up what you think you can use within the next year until they will go on sale again. Even if you don’t think you need school supplies, go shopping for office supplies!
— Here are more tips on Back to School Shopping.
Prepare Your Home For Winter
Now is the time to begin getting your home ready for winter. If you want to save money on those upcoming expensive heating bills, take the time to ensure that your home is efficient and well insulated.
Be sure that any cracks around your home are sealed as well as they are able to be. Check for drafts around your windows and doors. Switch your fans around to move in a clockwise direction to force warm air down.
Don’t forget that if you are unable to afford to winterize your home, there is assistance available.
Get Out Winter Clothes
The change in seasons means it’s time for a change in your wardrobe as well. As you are cleaning out clothing around your home, consider holding a clothing swap to exchange sizes that you no longer need for sizes that you do need. There are no better clothes than free clothes!
If you are unable to find enough families to do a clothing swap with, there are plenty of good resources for Buying Used Clothing Online since the rummage sale season is over and it can be hard to find a deal.
A while back I also asked the Little House Living readers on Facebook to share some of their best tips for saving money in the fall. Check out all of the simple savings tips suggested below to really get inspired this fall and join my Simple and Frugal Living group on Facebook to get great tips like this every day!
Your Best Tips For Saving Money in the Fall…
While the apples are in season I love making my own apple butter and apple sauce. I can make batches of it in my crockpot and can it. I don’t use processed sugar so if I need to add sweetener I can add some raw honey. It is so much cheaper and healthier than buying store-bought. I also make my own pumpkin puree. I can get organic pie pumpkins and make homemade puree cheaper than canned puree. I can get double the amount of puree out of a pumpkin for half the price of store-bought. – Amber B.
We harvest elderberries in the late fall. I freeze them and make Elderberry syrup with honey in small batches all winter to combat colds and such. Buying elderberry syrup is expensive and not as good for you as canning overcooks and kills and destroys the good vitamins and enzymes in the berries and honey. – Jen S.
Instead of paying for pumpkin spice flavored coffee, I get the premixed spice from Trader Joe’s for $1.99 and brew it in my coffee at home. Just add 1 tablespoon into your coffee maker with your coffee grounds before brewing and enjoy your favorite pumpkin spice flavor in all of your coffee- Gee M.
Fall is harvest time and that is the best time to buy vegetables. It’s also the time for snatching up overstocks on squash, apples or fruit, hay for animals and pumpkins. – Jo Dee B.
When buying back to school supplies, buy extra for stocking stuffers. New crayons and markers make great additions to stockings and can be found cheap. – Jessy R.
I like trading what I can grow, sew, etc. for what friends make, grow, etc. I usually have most of my canning done in fall so I have a friend I trade canned goods for organically raised chicken. I have traded for veggies I don’t grow. Things like that. – Renee M.
— Want to learn more about bartering? Check out this post on Learning How to Barter Successfully
In the Fall we: chop, stack wood. Make sure blankets, throws, and winter wear are all mended, cleaned or purchased if need be. Finish dehydrating/drying herbs. Make a big batch of cocoa mix, spiced tea (Yummy on cold winter nights). Make dipped wax pinecones for firestarters (use leftover candle wax for the dip). Check (and restock if needed) flashlight batteries, matches, generators, etc. – Linda T.
When I was a kid we used to go to an orchard and pick bushels of apples. It was many days of processing, but it was cheap. We also used to get corn on the cob from a neighbor, cut it off the cob and freeze. – Tabitha H.
I go to second-hand shops to get items to restyle for school clothes for my kids. – Karen C.
Go through everyone’s clothes, shoes, coats to see what needs to be replaced. Then I watch for sales for those items. – Melissa M.
We homeschool, so maybe this is a little easier for us, but I don’t go crazy with new everything for back to school. Even with the curriculum I buy used or borrow as much as possible. I have my kids reuse their binders or folders if they’re still in decent shape. But if you do need stuff, this is a great time of year to check out all the back to school sales and stock up on really cheap supplies for the year. – Jessica P.
Looking for more money saving ideas? You may really enjoy my book, Little House Living: The Make Your Own Guide to a Frugal, Simple, and Self-Sufficient Life.
Here are some Fall Cleaning Tips that will also help you make the most of this season.
What are your best tips for saving money in the fall?
This post on Saving Money in the Fall originally appeared on Little House Living in September 2018. It has been updated as of August 2019.