“The lead up to Christmas can be a source of financial stress for some Australians as the costs of buying presents can quickly mount up, so it’s important to have a sound strategy in place to help alleviate festive financial stress,” said CUA millennial money spokesperson Emma-Beth White-Reese.
“It’s always good to regularly check how your savings is tracking against your budget milestones, and be adaptable so you can make tweaks and small sacrifices to help reach your goal if needed,”
Here are some simple but effective spring cleaning hacks to help get your budget under control before December.
1. Spring clean your grocery bills
“With spring bringing in fresh fruit and vegetables to our local farmers markets, it’s a great opportunity to ditch the costly takeaway habits and instead cook meals at home with affordable in-season produce. It won’t only help you save money, but improve your health.”
2. Spring clean your wardrobe
“Taking the time to clean out your wardrobe or decluttering the house presents the perfect chance to sell some of your unwanted clothes or furniture, and to make some extra money for the festive season.”
3. Spring clean your electricity bills
“Spring is the perfect time to take control of your power bills. It might sound simple, but by simply opening a window and letting in the fresh air, switching off your heater or turning off air conditioning before it gets too hot, you can keep your power costs down. For example, have your household agree to an amount or time that you will have the fan on to reduce unnecessary waste.”
4. Spring clean your gardening habits
“Spring weather is usually comfortable enough to get those outdoor DIY jobs done yourself, rather than hiring someone and paying an external cost. These could include mowing the lawn, cleaning the gutters, fixing up the garden beds, painting the fence or even cleaning the pool area in preparation for summer.”
Is your garden ready for summer? make sure you get these spring garden jobs completed before December!