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8 Ways to Save Money this Spring


It’s spring!  Start the warm season off by putting a little more dough in your pocket.  Here are 8 ways.

Do your own yard cleanup.

Hiring a lawn care provider to clean up your yard for spring could cost a couple of hundred dollars or more.  More if you didn’t cleaned up last fall according to the Lawn Advisor.

We have never hired ours done.  After being cooped up all winter, we are all eager to get out in the yard and do something. Raking leaves, picking up loose yard waste like sticks, preparing a garden or fertilizing the lawn are just a few of the activities that will save you a clean up fee and get you some exercise and fresh air.

Go to a garage sale.

Spring is one of  the very best times to go to garage sales. In spring, people are eager to get rid of the stuff they have been accumulating to sell and want to get their house in shape for summer.

Pick up bargains on lawn furniture (I found an iron mesh umbrella lawn table and 4 chairs for $50); kid clothes (shop the expensive neighborhoods for the high end brands); lawn care tools (I have found rakes, shovels and trimmers for a dollar or less) and more.

Clean your air conditioner filter.

We let our outdoor filter get clogged up one year and the AC actually quit cooling the house! Now we just hose off the outside filter for cool air and savings on electricity – the Illinois Energy Impact site  says you can save 4 – 6 % of your AC costs by keeping the filter clean. Don’t forget the inside filter too!

Clean out your car.

If you have been carrying around extra stuff all winter, now is the time to pull it out of your vechicle and shave a few cents off your gasoline bill.

According to Fuel

“An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2 percent. The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle’s weight and affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones.”

Open your windows.

Let the warm air in, use a fan and nature’s cooling as long as you can before turning on the air conditioning. We used to have contests at work to see who could leave off the heat the longest in the fall. You can have a similar contest in spring! We typically just shut off our heating and cooling in spring until sometime in June.

Take a hike.

Instead of going to a movie or eating out, get outside and hike a park trail. Take a bike ride, or even just take the kids to the playground. You benefit from the exercise and the savings.

Save on spring cleaning in the house.

Use vinegar and water to clean windows and polish with newsprint or soft rags.

Get a tax deduction by donating unwanted items found during spring cleaning and keeping track of what you donated. Alternately, put things up for sale on eBay or Craigslist, or trade them for something else, or hold your own garage sale.

Clean your own carpets by renting a rug cleaner and buying a jug of cleaner. You will get it just as clean as most paid carpet cleaners do.

Clean out your storage space.

If you rent extra storage space, attack it with a vengeance and get rid of the stuff you don’t need. Find enough room for the stuff you do in your house and eliminate the rental fee for the storage unit.

My sons inlaws have rented a storage unit for 10 years. Let me repeat that. 10 years. They think their kids will want the  stuff .  Hmmm, if the kids wanted it, wouldn’t they have come and retrieved it 9 years ago. Those parents have probably paid $4800 or more in rental fees over those 10 years!

How do you save in the springtime?

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  1. I think the clean out your car applies to everyone but a New Yorker.
    Do you know what it is like to live in a NYC apt?
    Ok here is a visual.
    Go into your closet and put a couch in with you. Then have 2 kids.
    Unfortunately our car is our storage.

    • Hmmmm, very interesting – I live in the midwest with plenty of sun, space and can’t imagine having to store stuff in my car.

  2. All great things to do. One that I would add is bike to where you are going (if close enough). Saves on cash and a great way to stay in shape.

    • I wish I could. We would have to put our bike in the car and drive somewhere to start. Our road is a state highway that is way too busy to bike on – with no shoulders and large drop offs!

  3. Great tips! I borrowed my parents’ carpet cleaner for free this past week. Facebook comes in handy too- I’ve put a status up asking to borrow something I only need to use once or twice ever but don’t want to buy it. I got a handful of responses!

  4. Does it count as hiring the yard work done if I pay the kids a couple of dollars each to help pick up sticks and plant the flowers 🙂 I like your tips. All good reminders of how little things can make a big difference.

    • Naw that doesn’t count, that is just re-arranging the location of family money and teaching your kids that hard work pays!

  5. Garage sales can be an excellent way to get new (for you) items at a huge discount, but it can also lead to a LOT of temptation to buy what you don’t need! They can be dangerous places for me.

    • Me too. I had to give them up for a year and a half – nowhere to store all the bargains I found!

  6. I like take a hike or just use your car less. We have been using our bikes on the weekends and it is a great form of exercise and an excellent way to cut down on the cost of fuel.

  7. Hi Marie,

    These are good suggestions. People really need to save and can adopt your thoughts. Cleaning the house can be fun and yes, there may be some things that can be put on sale.

  8. These are some good tips. Nothing like a free hike to keep you in shape. You did remind me that I need to pick up new air filters.

    • We use the kind that you can hose down and re-use. They are more convenient than having to run out and get new disposable ones.

  9. You can also leave your laundry to dry outside instead of using the dryer. Wait until it’s really dark before turning on the lights. These are just a few on how to save on your electricity.

    • You are right! I used to have to line dry cloth diapers in the winter in the garage….no fun.

      I actually wrote a post for Miss T over at Prairie Eco Thrifter called Should you line dry your clothes?

  10. Great tips Thanks, Exactly we can save 4-6% on cooling costs just by own A/C filter is clean. Other saving way like we can plant own garden, shop with walmart many offer available, creating numerous listings on Craigslist to sell things we don’t need or want anymore. This reduces clutter and makes money.

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