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I've mentioned before that I absolutely LOVE this time of year. Easter, my birthday, Spring… what's not to love?! The past few couple of days I've been adding more and more Spring decor to my house by getting a little crafty and a little creative. Most people tend to go overboard at Christmas. Me? I am so tempted to purchase every last Spring-related item this time of year. But, as we all know… that's not practical or smart, especially when your BFFs are Sallie & Perkins ;)
So after flipping through All You's most recent magazine I grabbed at Meijer, I felt inspired to get a little more creative and save a little extra money at this time of year. I know it's tempting to want to buy new, bright things for your house or add pastels and florals to your wardrobe, but let's face it. Budgets are in place for a reason!
Jared and I are definitely preparing for a yard sale, but we've been sorting through our clothes to see what might get us a little more money, elsewhere. Have you guys heard of threadflip.com? If you have any type of designer duds you're looking to sell, you'll get much more bang for your buck by selling here. You get paid via PayPal, which makes it easy and safe. Also, any DVDs or books you're looking to sell? Consider the Amazon Marketplace! You'll pay 99 cents per item sold, but if you're looking to sell things quickly, it might be worth checking out.
Usually warmer weather also means the temptation for more nights out to eat. At least for me, the longer days and extra sunlight makes me want to hit up our favorite Mexican place and sit on the patio enjoying good conversation over a pile of guacamole. Those are great on occasion, but we still have to meal plan to stay on track. Try new recipes that don't require too many ingredients, or ones that are based around veggies and items you can get at your local farmer market.
I pretty much can't function one day without a list, so I always keep my notebook with a grocery list and any coupons we have tucked inside. That way I always feel prepared! The more you plan your menu around the seasons, the less you're likely to splurge 'accidentally' during the week.
A couple small changes to your house at this time of year could add up in the long run. Our thermostat was the original one that came with our 30-year-old house so it finally came time to upgrade. Now, our thermostat can raise and lower the temperature at set times so we have more control over our energy bill!
|Yes, it was DEFINITELY time for an update!|
We've also switched out the majority of our light bulbs in our home to all energy efficient ones which we're hoping will save us money over time. It's the simple swaps we sometimes forget when thinking of creative ways to save on regular, everyday life.