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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2 Comments

  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!

    Reply
    • Anna Sakawsky

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

      Reply

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Got out for an early morning harvest today. Been up since 3am, contemplating life, the future and the past, the order of things…

There is a rumbling right now, not just in North America, but around the world. Many of us can feel it, and know we are on the precipice of something big.

I’d been hearing about this new song that’s become an overnight viral sensation, written by an (until now) unknown singer named Oliver Anthony. His new song Rich Men North of Richmond has had 14 million views on YouTube in the past week alone, so I decided to check it out.

I also saw a clip of him playing a Farmers Market last week, and anything that has to do with Farmers Markets always has my attention;)

I can’t tell you how many tears I’ve already cried listening to that song. If you’ve heard it already, you probably know what I’m talking about, and if you haven’t, I highly recommend giving it a listen. All I can say is it’s been a while since a song resonated so deeply with me, and in this strange new world, I know I’m not the only one.

One of the lines in Anthony’s song is “Livin’ in the new world, with an old soul,” and that’s something I think so many of us in the homesteading community can relate to.

Trying to cling to better days; To a simpler time; To the old ways, all while doing our best to get by in the new world.

The world has changed drastically in the last few years especially, and it’s set to change in immense ways over the next few years. Today I’m feeling thankful for people like @oliver_anthony_music_ who give a voice to what so many are feeling right now.

Know that if you’re feeling it too, you’re far from alone. And while the future may feel uncertain and even a little scary, remember that if we stand united, we the people are a force to be reckoned with.

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Another garlic harvest in the books!

Garlic is easily one of my favourite crops to grow. It’s pretty much a “set if and forget it” crop. We plant in the fall and leave it to overwinter, fertilize a couple times in the spring, start watering only once the ground starts to dry out, and then harvest in the summer. We can even plant a fall succession crop after our garlic if we want so it really makes great use of garden space all year round.

Over the years we’ve managed to become completely self-sufficient with garlic. We now grow enough to eat all year (and then some!), plus we save our own seed garlic and usually have extra to sell or give away. And around here fresh, organic garlic ain’t cheap, so it’s a good cash crop for anyone who’s serious about selling it.

It took me a few years to really get the hang of garlic, but it’s one crop I’m now very confident with (knock on wood, because it’s always when we make statements like this that next year’s crop fails! Lol.)

A while back I compiled a comprehensive guide to growing, harvesting and using garlic both as an edible and medicinal crop. This is usually only available as part of a paid bundle (or in the fall 2022 issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine if you’re a subscriber;), but for a limited time I’m offering it for free, no strings attached!

Plus you’ll also get access to my step-by-step video lesson on planting garlic so you can set yourself up for success with your garlic crop this year.

Comment “Garlic” below or head to thehouseandhomestead.com/garlic-guide to get your free copy!
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Going through photos and videos from our trip to the @modernhomesteadingconference and the vast majority are of our daughter having the time of her life!

Even if I personally got nothing else out of this gathering (which I most certainly did), watching her discover her own love of this lifestyle outside of what we do at home made my heart grow three sizes!

Homesteading is about so much more than homegrown food and self-reliance. It’s about passing on invaluable skills and an understanding of and respect for our connection to the land that provides for us to the next generation.

Being around so many other kids and families who are also pursuing a homesteading lifestyle helped show our little one that this is a movement that is so much bigger and greater than what our own family does on our little plot of land. This is a lifestyle worth pursuing, with a community unlike any other.

Glad to be back home and more excited than ever to involve my kids in everything we’re doing. But also, I think I speak for my whole family when I say we can’t wait to go back someday!
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If you’re simply looking for ways to save a little extra cash this summer and live well for less, here are 12 tried and tested frugal living tips for summer that you can use to save money this season without sacrificing a thing.
Head over using the link in my bio!
https://thehouseandhomestead.com/12-frugal-living-tips-summer/
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