Spring has sprung, and your budget can reap the benefit. Here some simple ways that spring allows you to trim your budget expenses:
1. Reduced Temperature Control Costs
As the temperature warms up from the winter, you can now spend less on heating costs. The winter months are the worst for gas costs and heating oil. But now that the warmth of spring has come, your furnace doesn’t have to work so hard. On top of that, it’s not yet warm enough to need the air conditioning and the associated electricity costs. Spring is the perfect time to open the windows and let the fresh air cool your indoor spaces.
2. Reduced Food Costs
Now is also the perfect time to start your own garden so you can grow some of your own food. By the end of spring and into the summer you can enjoy fresh vegetables and herbs, and all you will have had to pay for are the seeds. You’ll also find that many common fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, avocados, watermelon, zucchini, asparagus and corn are less expensive in your local produce section because they are in season.
3. Reduced Entertainment Costs
Now that the weather is nice, you can enjoy more free activities like afternoons in the park, hiking outdoors, swimming, camping and biking. Cities also offer more free events like movies and concerts in the park and street festivals once the weather improves.
4. Reduced Gas Costs
Now that the snow has melted, you can trade in your winter boots for some sneakers and leave your car in the driveway. Instead of using gas to make short trips around your neighborhood, you can walk for free. For longer trips, you can use your bicycle or scooter. An added bonus: You get more exercise to work off any possible winter weight gain and get ready for swimsuit season.
5. Reduced Decor Costs
If you like fresh flowers in your home, you’ve probably had to pay quite a bit to buy them in the winter. That’s because flowers have to be imported during the winter months. Flower prices should go down some as spring continues, but you can get flowers for free by picking your own.
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