What do you associate with spring? Warm weather? Cleaning?
This spring, do a little spring cleaning of your finances.
There are several tips below on how to save money during this new season!
Buy winter gear
When items go out of season, they often go on sale or even clearance. If you live in an area that got a crazy amount of snow recently (looking at you Midwest), then these items still might be at regular prices.
When the spring inventory starts rolling out, then it’s time to get into the store and take advantage of the steep discounts that will be on those winter items, like clothes, hats, and boots.
Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to exercise outside.
When the weather is unforgiving, the gym is a great place to get your workout in. My recommendation, however, is to workout at home. You really don’t need equipment to get in a good sweat.
If you do use a gym, cancel your membership or suspend it for the next 5-6 months and exercise outside. Fresh air is free and can do wonders for the body and mind.
Check AC unit
Though not everyone has air-conditioning, getting a tune-up is an important step in maintaining your unit and making sure it works as efficiently as possible.
A tune-up of your AC unit will cost about $100 but is totally worth it. It can drastically improve your unit’s performance and can increase the life of your unit it dramatically.
Use rags, not paper towels
Time for some spring cleaning! An effective and simple way to reduce the cost of this year’s cleaning is to use rags and not paper towels.
If you use them enough, the cost of paper towels can really add up. Instead, use rags. They can be used, cleaned, and then used again. Simple savings.
Repurpose old items
There are several ways to give old, worn-out items new life.
- Turn old clothes into rags
- Turn used dryer sheets into dusters
- Refinish old furniture instead of buying new
- Use old toilet paper and paper towel rolls for cable management
- Old Kleenex boxes can be used as plastic bag holder/dispenser
There are many other ways to repurpose old items over at Twisted Sifter.
Natural Lawn Fertilizer
Spring is a good time to start this year’s lawn care. A great first step to a healthy lawn is feeding it with fertilizer.
Fertilizer that you buy from the store, though effective, can be expensive. A better and less expensive way to feed your lawn is to start a compost pile.
There are many things that can be composted.
- Coffee grounds
- Fruit and vegetable scraps
- Pretzels and other types of crackers
- Used facial tissues
- Shredded paper
- Dust bunnies
There are so many other things that can be composted and used for fertilizer. A long list of compostable items is over at Small Footprint Family.
Reseed your lawn
If you think your lawn is patchy, thin, or just plain unhealthy, it probably needs some revamping. Instead of ripping out and replacing that tired lawn with sod. Reseed it.
This will introduce a new, healthy species of grass to your current lawn and save you some money in the process.
Also, make sure you are using the right type of seed. In areas that get a lot of exposure to the sun, use seed meant for that condition. This goes for parts of your lawn that are continuously shaded.
For more awesome tips on how to make your yard pretty on a budget, visit Frugal for Less.
Aerate your lawn
This is another simple, yet effective, way to improve the health of your lawn. Often, when people hear aerate, they assume that they have to rent equipment to get it done.
That’s not the case. Amazon has a great set of shoe strap-ons you can buy for less than $20.
Over the last few months to a year, you’ve probably accumulated more things, especially during the holidays.
Go through your house and make a record of your new items. This should be done regularly anyway for your home insurance.
Having an accurate list of your things will help define the value of a claim if you lost your home in a fire or some type of natural disaster.
Buy frozen foods
Spring is generally a time when frozen foods go on sale or are at their best price. Buying frozen fruits and vegetables is also a very effective way to save money and eat healthily.
I lay out several other ways to eat healthy on a budget, here. (This is my most viewed post to date)
If you received a tax refund this year, use it wisely.
- Pay down debt
- Contribution to a retirement account
- Boost emergency savings
- Pay for a home repair
- If you don’t need any of the above items, time to #treatyoself
From spring cleaning to lawn care, there are many items on the to-do list that need attention. Having a long list can do a number on your wallet, but it doesn’t have too.
Use some of the tips above to improve your financial health this spring.
So readers, what are some things you do in the spring to help your finances?