The weather is warming up, the kids are itching to get outside, and you are ready to break your cabin fever. Unfortunately, this time of year can get costly if you aren’t smart about creating a budget and taking steps to save money. You’ll have to take into account new clothing, spring cleaning, and activities on top of your everyday spending like groceries, household necessities, and bills. Granny has a few tricks up her sleeve that will keep you on budget this spring.
Combining Rewards & Sales
New clothing for the family can become rather costly if you don’t seek out sales and discounts. One of our favorite ways to save money on new spring apparel is to combine our membership perks with store sales. Many clothing retailers will reward their customers with 10-30% off coupons and/or rewards dollars. If you stack these coupons and rewards with in-store sales and clearance prices, you could walk out saving over 50% on MSRP. This deal stacking is particularly useful when you are buying big ticket items, like dresses and suits for spring photos. However, you do
need to be vigilant in your planning. Many sales will not last longer than a week and your coupons may have certain stipulations.
Dollar Store Savings
Spring cleaning is always number one on everyone’s list once the sun starts shining and the fresh air starts blowing. It is the perfect time to replenish your cleaning supplies and regain some organizational control in your household. This doesn’t have to burn a hole in your checking account though. We recommend stocking up on your favorite cleaning products at the local dollar store. Many dollar stores carry name brand products as well as products that are comparable. Plus, you can usually find sponges, dusters, mops and more at deep discounts. If you can’t find all that you are looking for there, remember to use your weekly coupon inserts to save on name brand products.
You can also amp up your organization for a small amount by purchasing your storage bins and space-saver bags at the dollar store. This initial investment will also help keep you organized over the years, as you can reuse theses bins and bags throughout the year. Many of the larger stores will also carry shelves, desks, and small cabinets to help you re-organize your living spaces.
Special Online Offers
Activities, activities, activities. After winter’s long haul, we are all scratching at the door to burn off some energy. The local parks are a great, free place to entertain the kids for hours. Plus, you can pack a cheap picnic and avoid spending money eating out. If you’re looking for new experiences in your town, check deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial for great local savings. You can find activities for the whole family – couples, small children, teens, and friends. Try out a new restaurant in town or the new bounce house down the street without worrying about breaking your budget.
Extra Savings with Discounted Gift Cards
To boost your spring savings even further, use discounted gift cards to save up to 30% on your everyday purchases. Yes, you can combine these discounts with discounts already listed in stores! If you frequent a certain grocery store, major retailer or restaurant, snag a gift card from Gift Card Granny before you head out shopping. It is an easy way to keep extra cash in your pocket before you even leave the house!