Along with the brighter, more cheerful days of Spring, come some good opportunities to save money. Armed with knowledge and ingenuity, you will have your budget solidly in the green.
Check out these 10 Ways to Save Money This Spring.
In the Garden
2. Grow produce such as corn, cucumbers, lettuce, peas, and zucchini from seed. In my personal experience, I have found eggplant, tomatoes, and okra easier to grown from small plant. I do know many people though who have good success growing tomatoes from seed.
3. Put native plants in your landscape. Theses species are well-adapted to your climate and will stand the test of time much better than plants that are pushing your planting zone boundaries. Local nurseries and college/high school agricultural programs often put on native plants sales in the spring.
4. Use drip irrigation wherever possible. Soaker hoses allow you to get water right to the roots without evaporation being a big factor and, overall, require less water usage.
On the Table
5. For what you are not growing in your garden or is not mature yet, buy fruits and vegetables that are in season. The Produce for Better Health Foundation offers a very helpful list by season at its Fruits & Veggies More Matters site.
6. March is Frozen Food month and a great time to stock the freezer with frozen fish, fruits, meat, vegetables, vegetarian offering and much more. Aside from special sales, look for additional savings in coupon inserts and through online coupon sources such as these.
7. More sales on particular foods surround some high profile Spring holidays. The weeks surrounding St. Patrick’s Day often bring deals on cabbage, corned beef, Irish soda bread, and potatoes. For Easter, you will find deals on baking supplies, eggs, ham, potato salad, rolls. Snag discounted Easter candy for future baking projects right after the holiday. May brings Mother’s Day and Memorial Day and sales on all things grilling. From meats to marinades, the deals are on.
8. Take advantage of winter clearance sales on items such as blankets, boots, coats, down comforters, flannel sheets, gloves, indoor fitness equipment knit hats, luggage, pet jackets, sleds, snow blowers, snow shovels, snow skiing gear, sweat shirts, sweaters, and thermal underwear (All You).
9. Stock up for next year’s (St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day) right after the holidays. As mentioned above, Easter is a great time to snag some extra candy and baking mixes for summer eats. Also, you can find great deals on baskets right after Easter that can be repurposed for gift baskets, magazine holders, etc..
10. Sneak in some travel to Non-Spring Break destinations for some good deals. Ski resorts offer reduced end of the season pricing and beaches that are not college student hot spots feature pre-Memorial day rates that save you big over summer rates. Also, rates for European travel in the spring is much more favorable than summer costs (not to mention less crowds).
As you can see, along with the budding days of Spring come lots of great opportunities to save money on items that you need and recreational activities. It is enough to keep anybody hopping.
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