Time to freshen up your wallet, so why not use the opportunity to teach your kids to save money too?
Now that we've mostly come out of hibernation (are you with us, Minnesota?) it's time to air out and clean out. Done any spring cleaning yet? You can clean out and organize your closets and clean your car all while saving some serious cash (and teaching your kids as a parent about money while you're at it). Here are some tips:
1. Steer clear of the car wash. Unless you're in a drought area, you have everything you need to make your car sparkle—rags, soap, water and a hose. Get some fresh air and sunshine ... and maybe have a water fight with the kids. Now where did I put those old plastic water pistols?
2. Stash the cash. While you're vacuuming out the car, you will undoubtedly find coins under the seats. And when you're cleaning around the house, bits of loose change often emerge from containers, nightstands and sofa cushions. I keep a change jar in the kitchen and this stuff really adds up! Empty your wallet and pockets every few days and add to the change jar. Put the money toward a vacation, a new appliance, or paying off a debt. The list is endless, and it's a painless way to save. (Bonus: Take the $10-15 you would have spent at the car wash and put it in there for a day with you and the kids.) Keep reading...
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