Happy April, friends! I know April is famous for its showers, but it should also be famous as a great month to save money! It’s warming up, the winter is melting away, and we’re all feeling a little cheerier. So, it’s the perfect time to focus on our finances and find a few ways to cut back. In this post I’m going to give you 5 easy ways to save money in April.
5 EASY WAYS TO SAVE MONEY IN APRIL
There are a few things you should be doing every month to save money. You can find posts on those here and here. In this post I want to focus just on this tips specific to April. Challenge yourself to take action on as many of these tips as you can.
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1. SAVE MONEY ON EASTER
This year, Easter falls in April.
Keep your holiday spending in check, and be intentional with every Easter dollar you spend.
Decide on your Easter activities ahead of time and make sure you’re planning ahead for it.
Resist pressuring yourself into doing something fancy and actually think about what you would want to do this holiday.
There are so many ways you can save on Easter if you just try a little bit.
Here is a post that will help you enjoy Easter for less this year.
2. GRAB SOME TAX DAY FREEBIES
If you’re here, I can almost guarantee that you love free stuff. I know I do.
The past few years it’s been super trendy for businesses to offer freebies or discounts on tax day.
Go get some!
Here is something to keep in mind though.
Those retailers are not offering freebies to you because they feel bad you had to pay taxes and want to help you.
If they’re offering something for free, like a free appetizer, they’re hoping that you’ll buy something else while you’re there, like a whole meal.
If it’s a store selling big-ticket items like furniture, they’re offering a discount on tax day because they want you to spend their tax refund in their store.
Now, that’s not to say that you should avoid these good deals. Just be educated about it.
For example, maybe you’ve had your eye on a couch for a while and you’ve been saving up for it. You’ve been watching the price and you notice it’s on sale on tax day. Go ahead and buy your couch! Because if you were going to buy it anyway, and you’re ready with your saved money, why not get it for less?
However, if you don’t really need a new couch, but you see one on sale so you really want to buy it, just keep on moving pal.
Just my two cents.
To find tax day freebies in your area, simply Google “tax day freebies 2019” with your area. Wink.
3. SAVE ON SPRING CLEANING
April is the perfect time to get your spring cleaning done.
While that probably doesn’t strike you as something expensive, all those cleaning supplies, organizational tools, etc. can really add up!
Here are a few simple things you can do to cut down on that cost:
- DIY some cleaning supplies! Pinterest is a gold mine of homemade cleaning supply recipes, using ingredients that you probably already have in your home. Personally, I really love cleaning things with vinegar and baking soda and it really does get the job done.
- Go to the Dollar Store – If you don’t want to make your own cleaning supplies, you can get some cheap ones at the dollar store. This is also a great place to buy things like sponges, buckets, and organizational tools/containers. The Dollar Tree is my favorite dollar store, by the way.
- Find Sales – Stores know that everyone is cleaning house, and they want to capitalize on this. It’s a great time to find deals on large purchase cleaning supplies like vacuums. Your best bet is to first find a sale and then find a coupon (either manufacturers or store coupon like Bed Bath & Beyond).
And don’t forget that you can make money on your junk!
While you’re clearing things out, put everything that you could possibly sell aside.
The best way to sell clothes, shoes, and accessories is online on Poshmark. If you have collectibles you want to sell, eBay is still a great place for that. Amazon Marketplace is also a great place to sell your used items.
You’ll be surprised at how much someone is willing to pay for the stuff you don’t want anymore – especially if it’s in good condition!
4. HOLD A YARD SALE
Go old school and host a yard sale to sell the things you couldn’t sell online.
You may think people don’t go to yard sales anymore, but they totally do. And since they’re less common these days, they’re actually more saught after.
Here’s the key to a successful yard sale – You have to make sure people know about it. Here are some tips:
- Advertize it on Facebook – post it in all your local groups for your area (don’t forget your neighboring towns)
- Post it on Craigslist
- Submit it to yard sale websites like yardsales.net and Garage Sale Tracker
- Put it in the newspaper classifieds
- Post signs in your neighborhood
Do as many of these strategies as you can.
Posting about it online is great for getting people to come out specifically for your sale.
5. START A GARDEN
It varies based on the temperature where you live, but for most of us, April is the perfect time to start planting a garden.
Gardening takes some work and a little upfront investment, but it can be a great way to save on the cost of produce in the long run.
Here’s my advice. Start small!
Don’t plant a giant garden your first year. Mostly because you shouldn’t be investing in a ton of gardening equipment if you don’t even know if you like it.
Instead of doing a belly flop into the gardening world, just dip your toes in.
Start with one or two vegetables that your family would be happy to eat and plant those.
Then, add a few more in each year.
If your not sure, start with a tomato planter like this one.
And plant some herbs too! They are easy to take care of and so delicious. Plus, if you use herbs often in your cooking, it will save you serious money.
SAVE MONEY THIS APRIL
These 5 easy ways to save money in April are sure to help your finances this Spring.
Save money on Easter this year. Grab your freebies or discounts on tax day. Save on your Spring cleaning this year. Hold a yard sale to profit off of the junk you clean out. And start a small garden to grow your own veggies.
You can start with just one of these tips and implement another one each week throughout the month. Or you can dive right in and implement them all.
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