Want to know how to save money with every new season? Today I’m sharing all about how you can start saving money in the spring!
Saving Money in the Spring
When I think of springtime I think of green shoots coming up from the ground and the smell of the thaw happening. It’s a wonderful time of year full of promise for the coming big season.
Just like with any season, they are specific ways to save money in the spring. I’ve already shared with you some tips on other seasons like:
And now it’s time to talk about the current season, SPRING!
Here are some of the things that our family does during this season to save the most money.
We eat up from the pantry and freezer.
This is a great way to make room for new foods that will be coming in during the summer and fall. There are always things that have reached their storage limit in the freezer and stuff in jars that we’d prefer to eat before the next canning season so this is the perfect time to eat it up! This means that we will be saving tons of money off our grocery bill during the spring months while we do this.
For the best way to keep track of the inventory you produce and need to eat up, I highly recommend our Gardening and Preserving Journal.
We turn off the heat.
Most days are warm and we can really get a lot of heat into our home by opening up the southern facing windows. During the spring we can turn off the heat completely during the day (may still need to be on at night) and save money on heating our house.
Not only does this save money but the warm heat from the spring sun is just so pleasant! Get more tips on saving on heating bills here.
Plant the garden.
Of course, this is HUGE for us in the spring! We always get our garden started (from seed) indoors during this time to get a jumpstart on our short gardening season. This doesn’t save money in the spring but will save us plenty of money the rest of the year once the garden has produced.
We do spring cleaning.
Spring cleaning saves us money every year because during the process of it we always discover things that we forget we had! Spring cleaning also helps to air out our home after the long winter and just makes things feel more together and tidy.
These tips on fall cleaning can be used on spring cleaning as well!
We make seasonal foods.
Using the foods that are in season can always help to shave money off your grocery budget. During the spring we make a lot of foods from spring plants such as asparagus and rhubarb. You can even harvest and eat the early spring dandelion flowers!
Little House Living readers have plenty of tips for saving money in the springtime as well! Here is some advice they have for you:
Open the windows and shut the furnace off as soon as it’s warm enough to do so! – Caryn
Start your plants from seeds. – Angie
Start collecting boxes now. In early spring lay cardboard down over veggie beds and weight down with rocks. This will kill weeds and grass and attract earthworms. It will also warm the soil to allow planting a bit sooner. – Hilary
Line dry your clothes. Clean the coils on the refrigerator and change filters on anything that has them. – Melinda
We get rid of things as winter goes on but we will store them in the garage if the stuff is in good condition, until it warms up. When spring comes we like to have a yard sale and/or list things on market sites to earn a few bucks on things we are getting rid of anyway. So then we can use that money to buy additional seeds or gardening equipment that has gotten worn out. We also always buy heirloom seeds so we can just gather from what we had the previous year.
We make use of a greywater system that waters our fruit trees which saves on watering costs as well.
I don’t know if this would be considered a money-saving tip, but we always stock up on pantry and meat during the spring if we get a tax refund as well. – Kate
I support local agriculture education and buy plants from student greenhouse programs. Plants are more affordable and great quality. – Patricia
Share flowers. Bulbs, tubers, shrubs anything that comes back every year. – LaShawna
You could also barter with friends or neighbors. Great way to get things without spending any money, make friends and use your talents. I have several neighbors that I barter with. I’ll help weed their garden and they will fix my dinner for the night. – Melinda
I have to sort flower and garden seeds saved from the previous fall that have been sitting in paper bags through the winter. Then look at the pantry and start figuring out what I need to plant when it warms up. – Ruth Ann
Learn some yummy recipes for cooking foraged spring greens. Here we do mustard greens as well as dandelion greens. Also, batter fry dandelion blossoms. – Donna
Pour vinegar and dawn dish soap in a tree sprayer and spray all the bushes and trees. Bugs will move on! – Connie
Eat from your pantry for 1 month. This allows you to eliminate grocery shopping for 1 month. A huge savings and helps me to use up things that I have stored. – Melissa
How do you save money in the springtime?