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 Economy.gov:
“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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