You’ve almost made it.
Cooped up all winter, nearly going crazy with boredom…and now you’re finally getting to the month where the earliest of the warm days start to filter in. That means you can start to get outside, enjoy the weather and participate in activities that get you some fresh air.
Even though March can still play host to some chilly weather, that weather is generally shorter-lived and not as confining as the colder months.
March also presents some brand new ways for us cheapskates to save some money and enjoy the weather.
So if a lower heating bill isn’t enough to make you cheery, here are some other ways that March can make you feel pretty good about both the weather and your bottom line.
1. Go out for some local sports and recreational activities.
A lot of local outdoor sports clubs and pickup leagues will start up in March. Check with health clubs and your local community to see what’s available for your age group. It’s cheap fun, as many are either free or available for a minimal fee.
2. Turn off the heat when it warms up.
Usually March isn’t a hot month by any stretch, but you’ll get a lot of days that are actually quite optimal in terms of temperature; not too hot or cold.
When those days show up, turn off the air conditioning completely and open up a few windows. It’ll save you a considerable amount on your electric bill, often up to 40 or 50 percent.
3. Get outside and enjoy the weather.
Go for a run, a walk or head over to the park and soak in some much-needed natural sunlight. It’s free and a good way to spend time with a spouse or your children and keep you from spending money on other forms of entertainment.
4. Go easy on Saint Patrick’s Day.
Saint Patrick’s day is fun, but go with an economic celebration and avoid the expensive drinks at the pub. Try instead having a party at your house and buy your food and drink in bulk; or better yet, have your friends bring food if you offer to host.
5. Stock up on frozen food.
In the U.S., March is actually National Frozen Food Month. Who would have guessed?
No matter where you live, you can often get good deals on frozen food. It’s a great way to stock up for when you need a quick, economical meal.
6. Spring for a new set of golf clubs.
March is usually the time when retailers will start getting in their new lines of summer sports gear, which means that the golf set you’ve been eying all winter might finally drop in price. If you can avoid getting distracted by the shiny new expensive set that’s replacing it, March might be the best time to buy discounted equipment before it’s sold out.
7. Buy a new calendar.
If you didn’t get a calendar for Christmas, a lot of the new year’s calendars will go on sale around this time. You’ll miss the first two months, but that may be worth the savings.
8. Ride your bike to work.
For some people, this isn’t a practical option because of distance. Though keep in mind, a casual bike ride can average a pretty good pace. If you live within a reasonable distance of work, you can get there within an hour easily and save petrol on warm days.
9. Wash your vehicle at home.
Salt, mud and the wear of having gone all winter without a wash has your car calling for a bucket with soap suds and the garden hose. Save the money you would spend on a professional cleaning and wash your car at home. It’s also just a fun way to spend a warm Saturday afternoon.
10. Get out in the warmth.
Generally speaking, the warmer months offer more to do outside, making it easier for you to save money. For those itching to cut down on their weekly spending, the onset of March is a welcome sight, seeing as how the weather starts to cooperate and allow us to cut down on a number of expenses. Instead of going to the cinema or out to an expensive meal, opt for a walk in the park or a picnic.
Now you know what to target specifically, so you can enjoy the sunny days and keep your wallet just a little bit more full.
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