When you’re a cheapskate who loves frugal things like gardening and line-drying clothes, waiting for spring takes patience.
We finally hit temperatures above 50 degrees for the first time in six months here in northern Minnesota. It’s hard waiting for spring when there are so many frugal things I could be doing.
I almost trudged through the wet snow to hang clothes on my clothesline earlier this week. But then I thought of how much I dislike standing in muddy, wet snow, and how much less I would like it if I accidentally dropped clean laundry into it, and I held off. The day for hanging a load of clothes out on the line is coming. I can feel it.
I also gave my two little garden plots a longing glance. We’re still seeing temps in the 20s at night, and I’ve been a Minnesotan long enough to know that there are still plenty of opportunities for snow left in April. So until then, I’m playing with all the free online garden planners and day dreaming of playing in the dirt.
In the meantime, I’m making a list of all the things I need to do spring clean the inside of my house. I’ve got some major decluttering to do in my closets. My windows could also use a good washing.
I’m also reminded of all the things there are to enjoy that don’t involve spending a dime. I’m talking about the simple pleasures like seeing all of the squirrels and chipmunks bounding from tree to tree, and hearing the birds as they call to each other. I’m enjoying the sun on my face and the warm breeze at my back.
After a long winter, the start of the spring season gives me new energy. I’m already working on plans for the summer months and looking for ways to save money while enjoying the upcoming season.
Are you still waiting for spring where you are?
About Christina Brown
Christina is a wife and mother dedicated to figuring out how to live a simpler, happier life on a budget.