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Ideas for springtime saving

The customs and weather that accompany springtime are ripe with opportunities to save money and enjoy the season. Here are a few ways in which you can simultaneously achieve both.

Spring clean: Most people save their biggest cleaning session of the year for the beginning of spring. Tandem the ridding of possessions portion of this ritual with a garage sale and watch the productivity pay off. While you're tearing through piles of clutter with the tenacity of a kid opening birthday presents, take breaks to place price tags on anything that might be of interest to someone else. Pick a sunny day, promote the sale and see how many dollars are generated from unused items, all while enjoying fresh air and friendly conversations.

Open the windows: On days and nights when perfect weather beckons outside activity, turn off your thermostat and open a few windows. Giving the heating/air-conditioning some time off will lower the utility bill, and letting in some fresh air will have magical effects on mood.

Leave it parked: Beautiful days should serve as a hint to leave the vehicle parked if at all possible. Choose not to feed the gas pump your hard-earned money by opting to ride a bike or walk to your destination. Taking a stroll or ride is often the ticket to happiness on a rejuvenating spring day, so why spend money avoiding it?

Get dirty: If maintained well, a food garden can result in hundreds of dollars in savings, and this is the perfect time of year to plant one. Good soil, proper drainage, adequate sunlight and all the other simple information needed for a successful vegetable paradise can be learned in gardening stores or on websites in a matter of minutes. The rewarding feelings that accompany productivity on a splendid day are only enhanced by the taste of delicious savings with every meal the garden is involved in.

Shop around: If planting a garden is not on the docket of your spring interests, maybe shopping more often at a farmers market could be. There are exceptions to the rule, but for the most part, farmers markets have a fresher and often cheaper selection than grocery stores. If smarter shopping is a favorite means of seasonal delight, look for garage sales, flea markets and thrift conventions of all sorts to keep the prices low and the spirits high.

Ideas for springtime saving 03/22/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 5:30am]

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