12 Frugal Living Tips for Spring


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Make the most of spring for the least amount of money with these 12 frugal living tips for spring. Enjoy the simple things in life this season! #frugaltips #frugallivingtips #savemoneyMake the most of spring for the least amount of money with these 12 frugal living tips for spring. Enjoy the simple things in life this season!

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Spring is the perfect time to get back on track with your finances and start living frugally again after a long winter. 

I don’t know about you, but despite our best efforts to live frugally in winter, it is by far the most expensive time of year. Between Christmas and other holidays, heating and electricity costs, higher food costs at the grocery store and spending to fight cabin-fever-induced boredom, we easily spend double, triple or even more in winter than we do at other times of the year.

Spring is always a welcome respite from winter for many obvious reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is because our bills and overall spending start to decrease and allow for a little breathing room. 

There are so many ways to cut spending and start living more frugally come springtime, and the best thing is, none of them make you feel like you’re being deprived or missing out on anything. So aside from the multitude of ways spring will save you money just by nature of not being winter, here are 12 more tips for living frugally this spring.

 

1. Spring Clean (with DIY Cleaners)

It really wouldn’t be spring without a little spring cleaning. Spring is the perfect time to open the windows, clear out the dust and deep clean your house after months spent indoors dirtying up the space.

Of course, you’ll want to steer clear of chemicals and store-bought cleaners if you’re going to be as frugal (and safe and healthy) as possible. Luckily making your own all-natural cleaners couldn’t be easier. All you need is a spray bottle with a little white vinegar and a rag to clean most surfaces.

Check out this post for all of my favourite spring cleaning recipes, all made with natural ingredients and essential oils. 

 

2. Purge

Just as important as actually cleaning your home, organizing and purging is a great way to clear out clutter, while away an afternoon or two and even make a few bucks off of unwanted items. And nothing is as frugal as making extra money!

Chances are everyone in your house got more than they needed for Christmas, or at least got something that they haven’t used since Boxing Day. Why not pass those items onto someone else who will actually use and enjoy them and free up space in your home for the things that bring you the most joy?

You may even be able to make a few dollars by selling some of your unwanted stuff. Facebook Marketplace is a great place to sell unwanted items. Or go old-school and have a garage sale if the weather’s nice enough and you have enough to sell!

Anything you can’t sell, donate. Don’t second-guess it. If it doesn’t bring you joy and you haven’t used it in months, just get rid of it. I know this is easier said than done, but it’s the truth. The space and peace of mind you’ll gain from decluttering will be well worth getting rid of some stuff that you may or may not use someday.

 

3. Start Seeds/Plant a Garden

Spring is the perfect time to get your finances back on track and start living frugally again without feeling deprived. Here are 12 frugal living tips for spring that anyone, anywhere can use to save money this spring season. #frugalliving #frugalspringHands-down, one of the best, healthiest, most frugal things you can do is to start a garden and grow some of your own food. Whether you’re a seasoned homesteader or a total newbie, there’s no time like springtime to start some seeds and start growing some of your own food.

Even if you don’t have a lot of garden space, a balcony or even a window box is all you need to grow a little herb garden

Not only is gardening a fun and frugal activity (when you grow food from seeds anyway), but the savings on groceries and the return on investment when it comes time to harvest makes it literally feel like you’re growing your own money. And who in their right mind wouldn’t want that?

Check out the following posts to help you get started with your garden this spring:

 

4. Swap Seeds

If you’ve been gardening and seed-saving for any length of time, find a local seed bank or seed savers exchange and swap some of your own seeds with other people for free (or cheaper) instead of having to buy new seed varieties. Or if you live in a community where many people have gardens, talk to your neighbours and organize your own seed swap. 

You can swap seeds for free at a local level or you can buy them from other gardeners on The Seed Exchange website where you can also sell your own seeds and make a little profit off of the seeds you save.

If possible, I recommend getting your seeds locally (as they are best suited to your climate, soil conditions and gardening zone) and helping out your own community first, so if possible find or organize a seed exchange in your own community. But if you’re having trouble doing that or are looking for more selection, check out this Nation-wide Seed Savers Exchange. You can sign up for free and start buying, selling and swapping online right away!

 

5. Find Free Plants and Garden Materials

If you want to up your frugal garden game, look to your local community to find free cuttings, seedlings, plants and garden materials. 

Often you can find free garden materials around this time of year on local buy, sell and swap sites and farm & garden groups (check Facebook for local groups) or under the “Garden” or “Free” section on Craigslist.

Sometimes people will offer up cuttings from plants they already have, extra seedlings, plants they have dug up and no longer want or any variety of other garden materials like plastic pots, compost or manure, soil, tarps or landscape fabric or even fencing materials for cheap or free if they have extra they don’t need. 

We started our strawberries with free cuttings from someone else’s garden and also got free horse manure to mix in with our soil. We recently found a couple dozen plastic gardening pots left out for free in front of our community centre and often see neighbours with boxes full of plants and seedlings left out on the street and marked “FREE.” Help them out by taking it off their hands, keeping these things out of the landfill and adding to your garden for free! Literally no downside here.

 

6. Review Your Goals

Spring is a good time to check on any goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year. Often we find ourselves spending money because we’re bored, and usually when we’re bored it’s because we’re feeling uninspired. Take a look at your list of goals and resolutions you set for yourself just a few months ago and get excited about them again!

January 1st is always seen as the day to start working toward new goals because it’s the first day of a new year, but there’s something about spring that’s so invigorating and refreshing; It’s the time of year when everything feels possible!

Take some time to check in with yourself and your goals, or write some down if you haven’t yet! Journal about where you see yourself one year, five years or 10 years from now. Then choose a goal on your list that doesn’t require any big financial investment and start working towards it. 

Maybe it’s going for a daily run or maybe it’s expanding your garden or learning how to bake sourdough bread or taking out a book from the library that’s been on your list to read.

If you’re stuck for ideas, here’s a list of 25 self-sufficiency goals to help get you started! 

 

7. Cancel Unwanted Subscriptions

Let’s be honest: We all have too many subscriptions these days, many of which we hardly use. Whether it’s Netflix or other streaming subscriptions, a gym membership you never use or even Amazon prime, now’s a good time to assess which subscriptions are worth keeping and which are worth ditching.

Subscriptions can eat up a ton of cash each month, and can cost you even more if they charge your account when you’re low on cash and put you into your overdraft as that can incur extra fees. Be ruthless. Cut as many subscriptions and regular monthly payments as you can get away with and save yourself a good chunk of change.

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8. Use Less Electricity

Spring is the perfect time to get your finances back on track and start living frugally again without feeling deprived. Here are 12 frugal living tips for spring that anyone, anywhere can use to save money this spring season. #frugalliving #frugalspringAs the weather warms up, now’s the perfect time to use less electricity and utilities in general as you turn down the heat and get outside more.

Reset your thermostat to reflect spring weather. Maybe you only really need it on in the early mornings and late evenings if you live somewhere fairly warm. Maybe you can simply turn it down a couple degrees or even turn it off manually when you head out of the house (which will probably happen more and more as the weather gets nicer).

Likewise, save on energy use by turning lights off as the days get longer, turning the television off as you spend more time outdoors or line dry your clothes instead of running the dryer.

If you’re in a position to invest a little money, you could even replace old bulbs with LEDs or replace old appliances with more energy efficient ones. Or maybe even invest in solar panels, wind turbines or some other form of off-grid power. It all depends on what you want and what you’re able to invest up front. Of course, if you’re already completely off-grid, you might be able to skip this step altogether:) 

 

9. Get Outside

While I’ve mentioned getting outside a few times already, it deserves a place of its own on this list. Not only does getting outside save you money on electricity costs for things you would be running if you were stuck indoors, it’s also a great way to have some frugal or even free fun as you can literally just go out and enjoy the fresh air without having to spend a penny.

There are so many free things to do outdoors this time of year. Garden, go for a walk or hike, take your kid(s) or dog(s) to the park, dine “al fresco,” have a fire or find a free outdoor event near you. When the sun is shining, the possibilities are endless!

 

10. Have a Picnic

Tired of eating at the same table day in and day out? Need a change of scenery but don’t want to fork over the money it costs to dine out? Why not go for a picnic instead? 

The beauty of a picnic is that you can change up the scenery over and over again and never have to pay a dime for enjoying the atmosphere! And picnics are super simple to throw together. 

Just grab a basket, a blanket and some portable dinnerware (if you don’t have these items, this gorgeous picnic basket set comes with everything you need for less than the cost of a cheap dinner out). Then, pack up a few easy-to-transport foods like sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes or just some cheese, charcuterie and condiments like pickles and spreads. 

Don’t forget something to drink! Homemade Iced Tea is a great option. Or if you’re looking to make it into a date-night, add a bottle of wine and bring a candle. Who said frugal has to mean boring?

 

11. Forage

Spring is the perfect time to get your finances back on track and start living frugally again without feeling deprived. Here are 12 frugal living tips for spring that anyone, anywhere can use to save money this spring season. #frugalliving #frugalspringSpring is the start of foraging season, which is like a homesteader’s version of an Easter Egg hunt;) Not only is it a fun, free pastime, but you get free food out of the deal too! Can I get a “woot woot”?

Depending on where you live, you might be able to find all sorts of wild edibles to forage. Spring is the perfect time to forage for wild greens and weeds like stinging nettles, fiddleheads, chickweed and dandelions.

Try this recipe for dandelion healing salve made with dandelions foraged from your own backyard! (Or someone else’s;)

Morel mushrooms are a great edible mushroom variety to forage in spring too. Pine tree tips (the fresh, soft, bright green growth on the end of pine trees) are also an excellent springtime wild edible to forage. They’re packed with vitamin c and have a citrusy flavour, so they make a nice tea or you can turn them into a delicious Tree Tip Syrup.

And of course if you live by the coast you might also be able to forage for seaweed and shellfish local to your area. Just be sure to check regulations and health warnings to make sure they are safe to forage and eat in your area at this time of year.

For a better idea and more comprehensive guide to foraging in your area, pick up a local field guide to wild edibles in your region.

 

12. Host a Potluck

Potlucks are a great way to gather together for a fun afternoon or evening of food and drinks with friends without breaking the bank. Whether you’re celebrating Easter, planning a family reunion or picnic or simply looking for an excuse to get together with loved ones, hosting or planning a potluck where everybody brings one dish makes for an affordable and enjoyable time for everyone involved.

Bask in the company of good friends and family and enjoy what really matters most in life. After all, spending quality time with loved ones is the most enjoyable pastime of all, and it doesn’t cost a dime:)

 

Want more seasonal frugal living tips? Check out these other articles:

 

Got any other other frugal living tips to share? Leave them in the comments below and let’s keep adding to the list!

 

 

 

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  1. Jessie @ This Country Home

    What a great list! In my area we also go and cut wild asparagus, it grows along the roads in old ditches. It is the absolute best I’ve ever had!

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    • Anna Sakawsky

      Ooh, I wish we had that close by! Lucky you!

      Reply

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One of our neighbours passed away very suddenly last week (just 50 years old 😔) and it reminded me of just how quickly things can go sideways. As far as we know he suffered a heart attack, and while his wife did everything she could to save him, by the time the ambulance arrived it was too late. It was a wake up call for me, that not only do we need to be prepared with supplies on hand, but with knowledge and skills too. I’m definitely looking into booking a refresher First Aid course and highly recommend everyone reading this do the same if this is a skill you need to brush up on!

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We’ve barely had time to adapt to the “new normal” and still things are continuing to shift, change, and in some cases spiral more each day.

From rising inflation and persistent supply chain issues, to a looming recession and food shortages that are expected to get worse after a very tough farming year, to a war on European soil and the threat of cyber attacks and (God forbid) a nuclear attack, to the future of digital IDs and increasingly pervasive government control over every aspect of our lives, it’s no wonder more people are looking for ways to escape the matrix and “opt out” of the system.

I consider myself an optimistic realist: I hope for the best and I live fully and freely in the moment, but I prepare for the future accordingly based on what I can see unfolding in our world. And honestly, I find this “sweet spot” to be incredibly empowering.

This is why I do what I do and why I share it with you on a regular basis; I WANT TO EMPOWER YOU TOO!

That’s why I created The Society of Self-Reliance: A private membership that connects you with the resources, support and community you need to reclaim your independence and become more self-reliant in every aspect of your life.

From growing and preserving your own food to crafting and using herbal medicine to life skills like how to manage it all and stay calm in stressful situations, how to prepare for emergency situations and much more, if you’re ready to learn invaluable skills that will help you take control of your family’s food security, health and wellbeing, time, finances, and ultimately over your own future, The Society of Self-Reliance was created for you!

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be reopening the Society doors for a limited time starting next week, and wanted to give you the heads up NOW so that you can get on the waitlist and make sure you don’t miss out when enrollment opens.

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My husband and I each got an Amber Alert on our phones the other night along with millions of other British Columbians, informing us of a child abduction in Vancouver. It made the suspect sound like a dangerous kidnapper and said “do not approach. Call 911.”

As it turns out, it was the mother of the child (a 3-year-old boy), who had refused medical treatment without getting a second opinion and follow up blood tests, so the Ministry of Child and Family Services was called, she was arrested and her son was taken from her and was administered medical treatment in the hospital without consent and without a guardian present.

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Doctors are not gods and as mothers we do not co-parent with the government!!!

This hits close to home for me because I too have been through the medical system and had my concerns dismissed, was misdiagnosed and given wrong information, and was treated with obvious contempt when I got a second opinion.

In this day and age of rampant medical coercion and the erosion of bodily autonomy over our own bodies and over those of our children, this story highlights the dangers of the very slippery slope we’re on.

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I’ve hesitated about posting this reel over and over because I know I’ll probably get backlash, hate and vitriol from some people in return. But I wouldn’t be being true to myself if I didn’t speak the truth that’s on my heart and mind…

If you haven’t noticed, there are currently thousands of Canadians sharing their stories and using the hashtag #trudeaumustgo on their social media posts right now in response to the divisive rhetoric and actions of our prime minister over the past few months. But our media has downplayed the issue and has attributed most of the hashtags to “bot” accounts and foreigners trying to influence our politics.

In response, real Canadians are making videos and sharing their stories to show that we are not bots, but real people who have been negatively affected by the words and actions of our leaders, particularly our leader at the top.

I used to consider myself a lifelong leftist and have supported the liberal government and Trudeau over the years, but after what I’ve witnessed over the past few months; After how he has spoken about Canadians who have made a different medical choice or who have protested mandates (which have done nothing to stop the spread of you-know-what anyway); After the hate and division that has trickled down from the top and infiltrated our communities, I can no longer stand silently by.

While I am 💉, a few months ago when I voiced my support for those who stood up against mandates and against the division being pushed on us by our leadership, I suddenly found myself among what our prime minister called the “small fringe minority” of citizens with “unacceptable views.”

I lost followers, friends and even a couple family members. I was told I’d been “radicalized,” although my views have never changed.

So today I’m adding my voice to the chorus of real, everyday Canadians who are taking a stand against tyranny and division in this country. As the saying goes, if we do not stand for something, we’ll fall for anything. I stand for freedom & autonomy, and against division & tyranny.

#trudeaumustgo

(Special thanks to fellow 🇨🇦 homesteader @meggarlandd for inspiring me & giving me the courage to post this:)
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What would you do if the grid went down?

Imagine not just the lights going out, but all power, all digital communication and information. Would you be prepared?

A lot of us THINK we’re prepared for a grid down situation, but unless you’re already living off grid, you might not realize how dependent on technology we really are!

In the fall issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine, contributor Ashley Constance of @dirtypawshomestead and @alittleselfreliant shares her experience voluntarily going without power for the day, and what she and her husband, Shawn learned from their grid down experiment.

You might be surprised at the things they discovered and missed on their prep list, and it might prompt you to reevaluate whether you’re ready in case the grid goes down, or even just Google 😱

Check out the full story in the latest issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine!

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The other day when I had a few minutes to spare, I was out in the garden doing a little work when my neighbour said hi over the fence.

I lamented to her about how busy we’ve been and how hard it’s been to keep on top of this year. Very sincerely, she replied “wait until you have another one,” referring to our baby on the way.

“You’ll be moving back to the suburbs so quick, mark my words,” she said.

Now, I don’t for a second think there was any ill intent behind her statement, but still, it took me aback.

“We’ll never move back to the city or the suburbs,” I replied with a laugh. “This may be hard work but we love it.”

She then repeated her statement and followed it up with “just you wait and see.”

I decided not to continue the back and forth. After all, I told myself, it doesn’t matter if she or anyone else knows what’s truly in your heart. It doesn’t matter if she understands that there’s no amount of difficulty that would make me run back to the suburbs and leave this life behind. In fact, our dream is to upgrade to a bigger property someday where we can grow an even bigger garden and add more livestock to our homestead!

Likewise, I visited the city last weekend for a family event and as always, I had at least a couple people ask me “so when are you moving back to the city?”

Seven years later, and still we have friends and family members who think this is just a phase we’re going through, and eventually we’ll come to our senses and move back.

I used to get offended by these questions because I felt unseen; I felt like nobody took this life that I’m so passionate about seriously, and thought it was “cute” that I was “playing farmer” for a bit, but eventually I had to grow up and become part of the “real world” once again.

Now I just smile and reply “never:)”

Can you relate? How do you (politely) respond when someone questions your lifestyle choices or implies that you’ll eventually come to your senses and come back to “reality”?

Let me know below 👇
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The fall issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine just dropped!

In this issue you’ll find:

• Preparedness tips, tricks and advice to help you be ready for anything on the homestead (and in life!)
•The ultimate guide to growing garlic at home and it as both food and medicine
• Drool-worthy recipes that feature garlic as the star!
• Expert advice from A Farmgirl in the Making’s Ann Accetta-Scott on what to look for (and look out for) when buying or selling a homestead property
• Advice on how to learn and grow from perceived homesteading “failures”

And more!!!

Go to modernhomesteadingmagazine.com or click the link in my bio @anna.sakawsky to subscribe or login to the library and read the latest issue if you’re already subscribed!
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