Preparing for the Fall
The autumn is a wonderful time of year. The air is turning a bit nippy, darker colors come back into fashion, the leaves begin changing colors, and it marks the beginning of the Holiday season. And while it can seem like just another season, there can be some preparing that can go into it for everyone. Here are some basic tips to get you ready for the season.
Gather School Supplies for Your Kids
While this seems a given for all you moms and dads out there, there can be a bit of thought put into it. Start trolling about for your child’s supply list as early as possible, and, if your child is young enough for such things, begin gathering some craft supplies. This could be useful to store away in a closet for class projects, or any other such school-related need. Some states even do a Tax-Free Holiday for all school-related items. More on that can be found at this link.
Look Up Fall-Related Crafts
Also fun for parents, or anyone within the education field. Or, really, for anyone who might be expected to entertain small children for any long period of time. Honestly, there are more crafts out there than just your basic Halloween or Thanksgiving Day crafts. Most are leaves or such, but there are some cute animal related ones. Here are some links that have several ideas for you.
The Crafty Crow
Family Crafts at About.com
Switch Out Your Summer Clothes for Your Fall Ones
It is a great way to save space and time. Much like you might do going into the spring, pull out all those shorts and lighter blouses and switch them out for your heavier sweaters and pants. Store your lighter clothing in a trunk or plastic tub for the next time it is time to wear them. And if you’re worried about moths, just toss one or two moth balls in with them to be safe. Store the trunk-or maybe even those vacuum bags-at the bottom of your closet. And don’t forget, this applies to shoes too!
Start Saving for the Holidays
Are you a big decorator for Halloween and Christmas? Do you like doing large Thanksgiving meals? Or how about just a generous gift-giver? Or maybe you want to do both a Halloween and Christmas party this year? Well, start saving! This can be as simple as just hiding as much money as you can spare away from yourself each payday, storing your spare change in a jar that is completely off limits, or even opening a special savings account at your local bank or credit union. And if you want to go the bank route, why not set aside a time to look up or call different banks and credit unions to see what they can offer in the way of savings accounts. Just remember, the earlier you start, the more you’ll have to spend!