Steppin’ out for Spring:
Seasonal Frugal Living Guide
With regular maintenance, the cost to maintain a car annually.
Skipping regular maintenance, the cost of not maintaining a car annually.
The instant the weather breaks, take that winter worn car of yours and treat it to a nice spa day. Click on these handy check points to help get your car ready for spring and all its post-snow glory.
Check the brakes:
Listen for crunches, squeaks and squeals. These are often an indication of trouble and should be dealt with.Close
Check your fluids:
Make sure your coolant, oil and wiper fluids are all topped off which will help keep your car running efficiently.Close
Wash away winter
Eliminate all the salt and muck that has attached itself to your car for the last few months.Close
Change the wipers:
If your car is pulling to the side when the steering wheel is centered, you might want to have it checked out. Those late winter/early spring potholes can easily shift your alignment.Close
Check your tire alignment:
At the very least, make sure they’ll be able to handle the often-rainy conditions of those spring showers.Close
What's in Season, by Season?
In Season Drink of the Month:
Pineapple, Apricot and Lime Punch
2 limes, thinly sliced
¼ lime, juiced
1 cup soda water
1 cup ginger beer
1 ½ cups apricot juice
2 cups pineapple juice
Spring into Cleaning
Spring-cleaning isn’t the most fun, but you’ll feel so good when you’re done! Click the tips below to give your house the makeover it deserves.
1.2 million people
suffer from compulsive hoarding.4
Spring is all about rejuvenation. Here are cheap and easy hacks to get you out of winter and into spring.
Toss a few ice cubes, a lemon and some coarse salt into your empty garbage disposal, then run it for a clean lemony-scent.Close
Apply a thin layer of car wax to a clean stovetop. Wax on and off, then marvel at both its shine and ability to slide the grime off.Close
Clean your microwave! Nuke a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar for 3 – 4 minutes then wipe down.Close
Clean your coffee grinder by grinding up an old piece of bread. It’ll sparkle and absorb old aromas.Close
OK — Now that you’ve got the inside of your house looking great, lets get dirty and spruce up the landscape. Get your garden growing month-by-month.
- Remove winter mulch and rake over nutrient rich soil.
- Prune fruit trees before they bloom.
- Check stonework and decks for any repairs.
- Start seeds indoors.
- Plant hearty vegetables.1
- Plan out flower beds.
- Plant the seedlings you started indoors, outdoors.
- Apply your mulch or weed preventative fabrics.
- Deadhead the spring flowers and prune away blooms from shrubs.
- Shop for your summer flowers; remember to grab those that are not yet in bloom for a more vibrant garden during the summer.
Instead of hopping around and hiding eggs this spring, how about we take some time to discover some new ways eggs can be useful. Here are some awesome post-scramble hacks that are sure to make your life easier.
* Any eggshells used for these hacks should be rinsed clean.