Now that it’s finally really springtime in Chicagoland (I think), it’s time to make some smart seasonal money moves. Here’s what we did this weekend to help us gear up for sunny days outside and rainy days financially.
- Planted strategically. Zucchini, cucumber, and wax bean seedlings all joined the onions, radishes, carrots, and lettuce that are already planted in our raised beds. We made the decision to hold off on the tomato seedlings, as well as the banana peppers and heirloom peppers since they seemed just too teeny to weather, well, the weather. Not only will all of this background gardening shave some money off our grocery bills down the road, there are so many wonderful things that gardening can teach us about money.
- Sold shoes. That’s right. I’m back on Poshmark. While I’m being much more selective about what I even put the time in trying to sell, I am taking that 100 items in 100 days purge really seriously. In fact, we’re way past 100 items, and we’ve still got about 70 days until Half Penny’s arrival.
- Donated more. While I can’t even totally quite get the sunk cost of my closet out of my mind, I have definitely realized that many times, it is better to give than to sell. There are other ways to make more money with my time.
- Explored other income streams. I know. I know. I’m such an expert at talking out of both sides of my mouth. I just got done telling the world how stupid side hustles are, and then I spend time trying to line up some new freelancing writing gigs. But writing in my downtime is a lot less stressful than trying to cram in three hours of tutoring after ten hour days at work.
- Celebrated with friends. That’s right. I wore my dress and smiled for photos at my work baby shower. And I also stopped by a friend’s birthday in the city. It was the first and last 21-and-over show Half Penny will attend for the next two decades. And yes, we even got carded. Sometimes, it really does pay to forget about frugality for a while.
- Shopped smarter. We aced our $200 grocery budget in April even with a protein powder purchase for Mr. P, not me. I have no problem bulking up lately. So, I’m really determined to come in with similar numbers for May. Shopping from a list and frequenting Aldi help a ton. And I still use apps like Checkout 51 and Receipt Hog, too.
- Repurposed and composted. Mr. P gets most of the credit for this. He’s such a whiz at tinkering, especially when it comes to the outdoors. I spent time marveling at him all weekend as he found new ways to build plant supports and maintain the yard with things we already own. And so as not to shirk my responsibilities totally, I have been taking extra care to compost all the things.
- Soaked up the sun. We gardened, we went for walks, and I parked myself in front of a sunny window. Not just because it’s vital to soak up the blue skies when they’re actually blue, but because I am determined to kick this cold and boost my mood.
- Got some sleep. I’m really good at putting sleep last on my to-do list. Unfortunately, I’ve been sacked with a cold for the past two weeks, so it’s forcing me to reconsider my priorities.
- Focused on increasing our income. Mr. P is working on a new graduate course, and I’m still
thoughtfullyfrantically writing for National Board. Last week, I got the “submit next week or repay $4,000 email”, so to say there is some new pep in my step is an understatement. If it’s a little quiet on the blog for the next week or two you’ll know why. We are both working to be better teachers…and make more money.
So Tell Me…What smart money moves are you making this spring?