**Post updated 4/5/20
Spring is here, despite what some recent cold snaps insist on bringing our way. Daylight savings has happened, wrecked havoc on us and our schedules, and we’ve already adjusted to the increased light in the afternoons. In fact, we’re already looking forward to more time outdoors and less time inside on electronics. Unfortunately, a new season too often leads to new expenses in the budget: higher utility costs, new spring sports, landscaping updates, etc. On the flip side, we think spring ushers in a multitude of opportunities to cut costs too. In fact, with just a little effort a household could save hundreds over the next three months.
These are our favorite 8 easy ways to save in the spring:
Spring clean your finances
If the pandemic impacted your finances (like it did ours) now is the perfect opportunity to check your budget. Vacations and trips may still be hard to plan for, or not in the immediate future. Still, spring is the right time for a financial planning check-in as with a little spring cleaning of your budget, you may find a fall getaway is possible. Don’t forget about tax stimulus or refunds too!
Open up your windows
When spring arrives, it’s time to cut off the heat and air and throw open the windows early. It’s an easy money saving strategy, and reduces your utility costs significantly during spring months. Our heat/air bill has already started to see the benefit- reduced by nearly 30% so far. Plus, keeping the windows open is also a wonderful way to bring much-needed fresh air into the home.
Many of us turned to gardening of some kind last year as an outlet during the pandemic. The ability to be outside, hands in the dirt, helped ease some of the tension we were all feeling. This go around, save money by planning early and using a whole lot of DIY.
Another tip? Neighborhood kids are pretty great helpers, often willing to help out in exchange for a picnic lunch and some cookies. Even the youngest kids can be helpful with pulling weeds and moving rocks. It’s as good for them as it is helpful to you!
Didn’t we all learn the true value of the outdoors this past year? Spring is a welcome return to getting out of the house (safely) more and more again. If there was any benefit to the pandemic it was the reduced entertainment expenses and takin advantage of all the free outdoor activities around us. From date night to family meals, spring provides a whole slew of opportunities to get outside and explore nature. The cost is $0 and the possibilities are endless. Try these ideas for kids or these ideas for dates .
DIY spring home improvement
This year, with all the time spent indoors, many of us discovered where our living spaces needed improvement. If you are still tackling various DIY repairs. this guide from This Old House targets 12 DIY projects that not only improve things today but save you money in the long run.
Clean out your closets
Maybe you’ve cleaned out your closets at least once over this past year, but let’s be honest – none of us want to go back to wearing uncomfortable clothing again either! Go ahead and toss whatever items you resist wearing, and put aside the winter clothes for spring and summer ones. Assess what you have, and how likely you are to keep a Work From Home situation to determine what you REALLY need to buy this season.
Save on shopping
We know it seems counterintuitive to spend money in order to save money, but spring sales are everywhere and sometimes these prices can’t be beat! Take advantage of the spring deals on everything from shoes to vacations. Also, now is the perfect time to snatch up winter closeout items and fall sports gear as prices should be at their lowest all year on those items. Here’s what to buy in March, April and May.