Take Advantage of Spring to Optimize Savings

While many of us are currently focused on our taxes at the moment, often calling upon our accountant or financial adviser for the best ways to optimize our refunds, we need to remember that springtime represents more than just tax season. The warmer weather spring brings also makes it a great time for savings. A few ways in which the season can save us money for future investments include:

Mild Temps Mean No Need for the Heater

Spring is one of only two seasons in which most of us whom live in temperate climates can save money on our electric bill. Maintaining warm household temps in the winter and cooler temps in the summer can be a huge drain on our monthly budgets. Spring’s mild temps, however, allow us to open our windows instead of turning on our heaters or air conditioners which can save you big time on that heating and cooling bill.

Even if temps are perfect for you yet, still turn the HVAC off. If it gets a bit chillier at night simply grab an extra blanket. Your budget will thank you for it later, especially when those high summer temps have your air conditioner running 24/7.

Trade Expensive Entertainment for the Outdoors

Temperatures are warming up and the sun is finally starting to stay out for more than what seemed like a few hours so take advantage of it in your free time. Instead of opting to see a movie, pay for an expensive indoor concert venue, or paying for another indoor activity, head outdoors for cheaper or free entertainment.

Most cities will offer great and inexpensive, if not free, outdoor entertainment such as Shakespeare in the Park or concerts put on by local bands, and simply walking around the local botanical garden or park can offer nice, relaxing entertainment on a perfect Spring night. And if you live in an area with a great trail system, don’t be afraid to load up the car and go hiking, biking, or trail running – activities that will both help your waistline and your wallet.

Get Your Garden Ready

Whether you live in a city apartment, a suburban home, or a hobby farm, you can always grow your own food to reduce your food costs. While those living without a yard or only a small yard will be limited to how much they can grow, planting a few vegetable plants in pots or creating a countertop herb garden can save you several dollars over the long haul – not to mention, you will have great, fresh produce to enjoy.

Look online or purchase a farmer’s almanac to see when is the best time to plant for your area. Usually when spring begins, you can pot your plants in your home and move them outside later to get an early start.

While the above tips are great short term money savers, they are by no means long-term solutions. Simply little aids that can help you save during the spring months. If you find yourself struggling to determine how to save and how much to save, don’t be afraid to contact a specialist. Financial advisers and planners can help you come up with long term strategies that will help you meet your financial goals over the course of your working years.

This is a guest post by Amanda Green.

10 thoughts on “Take Advantage of Spring to Optimize Savings”

  1. I’m all for saving money, but only if it doesn’t have a negative impact. Here in Florida, outdoor activities can be a bit, how can I say this, unrealistic at times. I’ve been to free outdoor concerts which happened to be very entertaining, but between the heat the bugs, having my clothes stink, and desperately wanting to shower, it’s not always a success, or even worth saving a few bucks. Sometimes, your focus shouldn’t be about saving money but having an enjoyable experience, and if going the cheap route doesn’t equal bring the same enjoyment, then it may not be the best choice in those instances.

  2. I can’t wait until it’s at least nice out here – it’s been raining all week so going outside and mild temperatures don’t apply, haha. We have single paned glass doors and they’re horrible, they make it so cold in the house. I’m scared to look at our heat bill.

    • Our heating bills have been lower this winter than in years past just because of the mild temperatures we’ve had.

  3. My wife tends to leave the heat on even though it is warming up out….and to top it off it drives me crazy when i see the door open and the heat still on. I think during the transition between seasons she forgets. I dont forget though when I go to pay the bills. Grr… 70 here in upstate ny for this time of year is INSANE!!!! I love it. I am getting ready to take out the clubs and go golfing.

    • My wife has been opening the windows but I’ve gotten her to turn the heat off before she does. Lately, it hasn’t been an issue anyways because it’s been so warm.

  4. It has been a great winter because of how warm it was, no snow means less money spent on heating bills. Great point, we never see a movie in the summer, and we never really have shows to watch on tv either (although I watch quite a bit of baseball) we try to go for walks and have picnics and work outside in the summer.

    • Nothing like a good picnic lunch! Except maybe grilling out, which I did for the first time this year last night!

  5. Heater! Now I can admit that I love when it is hot. So our heater works non stop (almost) when it is cold. But the best part of it is that our HOA fee covers the heating bill. It is a really nice perk. Otherwise, we would have to keep it low.

    • We pay our own so we keep the thermostat relatively low (68) and wear sweatshirts. We’ve gotten used to it!

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