Need to save money? Help your economy blossom this spring with these tips for the season
Although our calendar says years start on January, most people don’t quite start living their year until the freezing cold is out, replaced with the relative sunlight and livable weather of spring. It is, then, only normal that some people wait until spring to start making changes in their lives.
One of the areas where it’s easier to make changes during a change of seasons is your finances: A new season brings with it new requirements for your personal economy, and with these requirements come changes. These changes, as it turns out, are a great jumping point towards a healthier personal economy, particularly if you know which changes to go for.
To help with that goal, here are a few recommendations that can help you save money during Spring – and, in some cases, year-long.
Embrace the cliché: Do spring cleaning!
This one won’t save you a lot of money – instead, it will give you some money, which is just as good, right?
Spring cleaning might be a cliché, but it’s ingrained into our society in such a way that it’ll be much easier for you to sell things you no longer need or use during the season than later on in the year. Sure, prices might be lower, but there will also be many more potential buyers after your stuff.
Whether you decide to host your own garage sale or sell your things at a discount to second-hand stores, a little spring cleaning can go a long way.
And while you’re looking for places to sell your own surplus wares, maybe you’ll find some things you need (but someone else no longer needs) at a good discount to boot.
Do your workout outside
Working out outdoors during winter is a feat of incredible willpower and, depending on where you are, also a great way to end up in the ER with severe frostbite, leading most fitness-oriented people towards gyms during the season.
When spring comes, however, you can ditch the gym. Go jogging at the park instead. Use outdoor gyms, that are usually free. Exercise in your backyard. Shoplift something and escape running – alright, maybe not that last one. Although, if you do go for that one, I’ve heard jail is a great place to get in shape.
Ditch the car, grab your bike
This one pairs perfectly with the previous tip. Once bad weather is out and nice weather is in, you can ditch the car or public transportation and ride your bicycle instead. This will help reduce, or eliminate, gas and transportation bills, giving your economy (and your health!) a much-needed boost.
Do remember bicycles also need maintenance, however, and keep yours in top shape.
Make sure your A/C is on top shape
This one will actually cost you money right now, but it will bring savings later on: Don’t wait until summer is around the corner and baking a cake is as simple as putting it outside (no oven needed!) to get that weird A/C that acts up checked.
Even worse, don’t assume that it’s working perfectly only because it doesn’t act up.
Air conditioning systems are quite delicate, requiring constant upkeep and maintenance. Since you don’t turn it on during most of fall and spring and all of winter, or at least I assume so, not only will you have to deal with the wear and tear from last summer, but also with any possible damage it might have taken while sitting still and unused.
This damage won’t necessarily be obvious either, as it could be silent and relatively small… but something as small as a tiny leak can drive up your power consumption from A/C. So be smart, and check things sooner instead of later – your wallet will thank you.
Start a garden
Not everyone might be able to do this due to space, but starting a little garden to plant produce is a great way to save a bit of cash, while also giving you a small hobby. The savings won’t be huge on a month-to-month basis, but they’ll add up, and you can expect your garden to save you money most of the year.
Let your clothes dry outdoors
I don’t know when exactly society decided that clothes absolutely had to be dried in a noisy, expensive, environmentally unfriendly machine. For most of humanity’s history, we dried things outside under the sun, and even living in apartments hanging clothes near a window so they dry on their own is a thing.
So, go back a decade or two, and dry things as your mother and grandmother did. It’ll be just as comfortable in the end, and you’ll save money from smaller laundromat or power bills. Also, you’ll help reduce your own carbon footprint.