3 Ways to Save Money As We Transition Into Fall

This is a granular close-up of a Pumpkin Spice Latte, made by Adaleta Avdić.

3 Ways to Save Money As We Transition Into Fall

September 24, 2020

As we transition into fall (who else is excited?) there are a few different ways to save some money while we still enjoy and indulge in things we love about the season.

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Now when it comes to a few ways to save money as we move into fall, let’s dive right into it. 

It’s PSL season, which means a lot of people are going to flock to Starbucks. While there’s nothing more fall-like than a Pumpkin Spice Latte from our favorite coffee chain in the US, there’s something more rewarding (and delicious) about making your own at home. 

Make your own Pumpkin Spice Latte

(aka PSL) and save your $5-6 because that definitely starts to add up over time. After doing quite a bit of Googling, we decided to mix a couple different recipes to find the best fix for both of us. 

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe


*I snagged everything at Trader Joe’s

1 c. whole milk

1 tbsp. canned pumpkin 

2 tsp. maple syrup

1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, plus more for garnish

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/4 c. hot espresso or coffee

Whipped cream, for garnish

(Optional) Chocolate syrup or chocolate powder, for garnish

Mix milk, canned pumpkin, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and the vanilla extract in a pan on your stovetop on low to medium heat (just enough to get the formulation warm enough.) Begin whisking the concoction as the heat increases. At the same time, pour your espresso (or coffee) into your glass or mug. Once the mixture is warm enough, turn off the stove and make sure to use a frother to get that to froth up nicely. Once you’ve reached the level of froth you desire, pour that concoction directly into the glass with your espresso. Top with whipped cream, add more pumpkin pie spice on top (and chocolate if you’d like), throw a straw in and enjoy.

Inventory your closet before buying new

I know that we all want an excuse to buy a new wardrobe, but my biggest piece of advice on this is to take a peek in your closet to see what you already have. Chances are, you’ve got most of the fall staples from last season. Here are few staples you likely already have from last year, and honestly no one is going to know it’s from last year.

This is a photo of Adaleta Avdić holding a white pair of boots from Steve Madden as she transitions her closet from summer to fall.


These are a long-term staple and chances are you’ve got plenty of them at your disposal. I personally always forget how many cardigans I have until I go through my closet thoroughly and find them all in the very back. Sometimes I forget I even owned a specific cardigan, and I think this is mainly because I don’t wear them most of the year so after a year, I need to be reminded of what I bought. Solid colors work really well for long-term (black, white, nude or tan). If you have a lot of designed cardigans (think floral) perhaps you can switch those out for some more solid colors. 


When it comes to sweaters,, I know you’ve got some in that closet of yours. Take a look and see what color schemes you have, and if you really want a white sweater, grab yourself a new white one. If you already have a few white sweaters, you know this now and you can get a black or tan one. I do believe in having options, but if you’ve already got the thing you’re looking for, I’d diversify your collection so you don’t end up with 5 of the same thing in your closet. 


We don’t own too many coats (living in Arizona) but I know a lot of you do. Take a peek at what you have from last season because chances are, the coats are not changing much this season. A long tan coat never goes out of style. This is why I’m all for investing in some staple pieces that will last a long time.


I know you have a pair of boots. There’s got to be some kind of booties, OTK boots, or another kind of boot in your closet. I want a new pair too, but check to see what you have so far to make sure you’re not buying the same thing again or something super similar. I’m a fan of diversifying the shoe collection, and finding new colors.

Start thinking about holiday shopping now

I’ve had a little life hack over the last few years, and it’s nothing revolutionary but I start holiday shopping months before December because I am not a last minute shopper. I like to give myself time throughout the year to find people gifts from all the trips (I used to take). When it comes to December, malls are swamped, and busy and it’s just not my favorite place to be so I’ve historically shopped ahead of time. Now this year, with Covid in the mix, I feel that a lot of people won’t be comfortable being in crowds so Black Friday will be insane online. With that said, I do think you want to start shopping for friends and family now because you likely won’t be able to get everything in December. This year is different from others, so it will be important to find some things online early on (AKA now) and it will also be cheaper. As various sales come up, make sure you snag a thing of two for your mother in law, your kids, and anyone else you see something relevant for, because it will make holiday shopping a lot easier on you. 

What are some of your favorite things to do as we transition into fall?

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I am lucky that I don’t like coffee so no PSL spending for me haha. definitely agree with shopping earlier this year – will be a necessity and also such a great way to spread up your spend.

xo Laura Leigh

Not a fan of PSLs but yours sure looks yummy! Have def been making my own coffee house drinks at home since quarantining months ago and I love getting creative with them. 🙂 xoxo, Sarah

I like that your PSL recipe actually has pumpkin in it (unlike the original PSL lol). And I started my Christmas shopping in January sooo I guess I got my head start on that, right? Haha! I try to buy little things all year to keep on hand for the holiday season! Great tips here.