I love March! How could you not? March means Spring Break. It means NCAA March Madness. Best of all, March means that the cold, long, dreary days of winter are numbered and spring is almost upon us.
I’ve always found that the start of a new season is a great time to take stock in your life. In terms of our financial life, it provides a chance for reflection, and an opportunity for us to look for ways in which we can do better. Now that March is upon us, here are some money saving tips that you can use to sturdy your financial ship and help you reach your goals this spring and beyond.
Money Saving Tips for Spring
Have you been taking advantage of all the discounts that manufacturers offer? Why not try clipping some coupons this spring? You can find great deals on everything from groceries and restaurants to car washes and movie tickets. These days, you don’t even have to pay for a Sunday newspaper. There are plenty of websites online that provide coupons for their readers. Simply go to these websites to print your online coupons, or even download them to your smartphone. With technology like this, coupon shopping has never been easier.
Open the Windows
Guess what! The cold is almost gone…and so are those pesky wintertime heat bills. As the weather gets warmer, instead of turning on the air conditioning, open up those windows. Breathe in the scent of the fresh spring air while keeping your house cool at the same time!
Plant a Garden
Are you tired of paying an arm and a leg for fresh vegetables at the grocery store? Are the store-bought vegetables that you buy lacking in flavor? Take care of both of these problems by planting your own garden. All it takes is a little water and some tender loving care. We have tried to make this a priority ourselves over the last few years, but – alas – we have yet to succeed. Maybe we can motivate each other to do better this year!
Get Out of the Gym
For those of us who live in cold weather climates, the winter makes it difficult for us to exercise in the great outdoors. Now that the frost has broken, ditch the gym membership (and those ridiculous payments) in favor of exercising outdoors. The scenery is much prettier to look at, the air is much cleaner to breathe, and the best part is that it is free.
Ride Your Bike
Gasoline prices continue to rise, and as the spring and summer holidays get nearer, they will only continue to go up. Instead of driving a block or two to the grocery store, why not walk or ride your bike. You’ll get some great exercise, and you’ll save money. Better yet, you’ll be doing a little bit to save the environment as well.