When spring arrives, you’ll start spending more time outside and enjoying all the fun that the warm weather brings. From gardening, to baseball games, to amusement parks, many of these activities can be costly. But spring doesn’t have to bust your budget. Here are some money-saving tips for the season.
Shop Spring Sales
The start of spring is a good time to look for discounts on winter items. Retailers will be looking to unload old merchandise to make room for spring clothes. Shop for deep discounts on coats, boots, mittens, sweaters, hats and scarves. If you like winter sports, you’ll likely find price reductions on skis and snowboards too!
Cut Down On Energy Costs
Your heater probably worked overtime in winter. Now that the warm weather is here, the thermostat can be turned off. Switching it to off will save you quite a bit of money each month. Keep energy costs even lower by opening up the windows in your home to let in the natural light of the sun and get some fresh air.
Perform Home Improvement Tasks
Spring is the perfect time to fix problems with your house like roof, door and window leaks, or to make improvements like adding insulation to the attic which stops the flow of heat and air through your house. Making these types of upgrades will reduce your energy use, which will save you money.
Use Your Tax Refund Wisely
When you get a tax refund it’s tempting to spend the money on shiny, new things. But if you want to save money this spring, think about saving the extra funds for a big goal such as a summer vacation or retirement. You may also consider applying the extra funds to any debt you have on student loans or credit cards. Place most of the refund on your highest interest card, so you’ll have an easier time paying off multiple cards when the interest isn’t compounding onto the balance. If you do this every spring you’ll see your credit-card debt drop significantly. This will save you money in the long run. The faster you pay off debt, the less interest you have to pay.
Get Outside and Exercise
If you have a gym membership, you might want to consider cancelling it this spring and take advantage of the warm weather. Go running, take walks or dust off your bicycle. Pump up your basketball and shoot hoops at a park, or get friends together to play volleyball or softball. The money you save from cancelling your membership can be used to help pay down your credit-card balance or you can put the money aside for another goal.
Sell Your Stuff
Spring is a great time to clean out your house and get rid of unwanted or unneeded stuff. Consider setting up a garage sale or sell your goods online to make money. On many sites, you can also sell almost anything to customers nationwide or internationally.Remember to review the policies for whatever site you are considering – including whether or not they take a percentage of what you sell. Remember also to practice safety whenever you are meeting a potential buyer.