In the months since the holidays it’s hoped that you’ve managed to squash the debts that accompany the most wonderful time of year. But even if you’re back in black, that doesn’t mean you have a lot of cash available. Luckily when springtime rolls around, there are new opportunities to save money, make money, and collect what’s owed to you. Here are the ways in which you can turn springtime into saving time:
Spring Cleaning/Yard Sale: With the weather warming up more and more folks will be on the look out for yard sales and such. Conduct your annual spring cleaning, only this time take the extra effort to isolate the stuff you no longer want and sell what you can. It’s a great to free up space and earn some extra money at the same time.
Relying Less on Heating and Cooling: Spring is when the temperature outside is most likely to be “just right.” Turn the heat off as soon as you can, and hold off on air conditioning for as long as possible. That way you can significantly reduce your energy bills for a few months and use the money for other matters.
Receiving Your Tax Refund: Chances are you’ll be getting a tax refund from the federal government. While it’s tempting to put that money down on a new car or some other material expense or luxury, consider using it to pay off a credit card or for the start of a savings account instead. In fact you could even go so far as to use your refund to setup a CD ladder or something else that nets long term profit.
Participating in Outdoor Activities: Get those bikes out on the roads, and put those cheap sunglasses to good use. Take advantage of the cheapness of outdoor activities as much as possible in these seemingly picture-perfect spring months. It sure beats the costs of video games and a cable TV sports package.
Don’t let this spring come and go without taking advantage of the various money saving and money making opportunities that this upcoming season presents. It’s a great way to get the most out of the warm weather and sunshine you’ve been missing out on for months.