What $$$$ wise does Spring mean to you?

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What $$$$ wise does Spring mean to you?
Thu, 03-14-2013 - 1:17pm

My weakness is FLOWERS!!!!  But I try to purchase a lot from the greenhouse at the local high school.  They are cheaper and healthier.  I'm going to try making some more garden changes with the things I have on hand instead of spending hard earned money.  Think I'll try sowing more seeds. I am doing some bartering with the landscape company behind work.  I'm giving him a plastic fish pond, with pump and filter systems in hope for a free load of mulch in my pickup.

 We are also adding onto our chickens outside play area.  They are kept in one of our old horse run in shelter with open area covered in chicken wire. We took down a most of our plank fencing since we only have one horse on the hillsdie pasture.  The chickens love to scratch in good ole dirt, and they have one outside area 10 X16 ft.  Now were are reusing the fencing material and purchased enough wire last year so there is no cost on this job, only labor.

I'm sooooo looking forward to Spring, but I need to be ultra thrifty on spending money on annuals. 

What gobbels up your Spring $$$ ?

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Fri, 03-15-2013 - 9:38am

Kids gobble up all my money regardless of the time of year. ;)

This year, it's prom.  DD bought a modestly priced dress online, but we will also pay for her ticket and anything else for her outfit.  Her after-prom is her own expense though.

Easter is always kind of expensive.  We invite whatever family is available and DH cooks a lamb roast and usually makes a very special dessert. 

And of course, clothes. 12yo DS is growing like a weed so nothing fits. 

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Fri, 03-15-2013 - 1:15pm

I love home improvement projects and spring just makes me want to spruce up the place :) Boy can I spend some money there...Another thing that is sucking the money out of my pocket is the gardening. I LOVE fresh fruit/veggies and it takes a bit to get the garden going each year.

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Fri, 03-15-2013 - 1:51pm

I bought some garden seeds already. I won't be able to plant them for quite some time but I want to!  I have to pay for deposits on summer camps for kids and swimming lessons. Plus we tend to buy nicer meats for the bbq. We still have sooo much snow but hopefully only for a few more weeks.

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Fri, 03-15-2013 - 4:44pm

Fall and spring suck up our money, but summer and winter don't.  DS was just due for his eye appointment and new glasses.  I'll be happy when his prescription levels out and he can go every other year.  We agreed to contacts and I thought they might be less money than glases, but I think they will be about the same once I figure in saline and daily disposables for beach days.  He's very happy with them and doing great.  The dentist is next for all of us and then the eye doctor for me.  We didn't take dental or optical  (as it came out to be the same paying in as what we typically spend each year) insurance, and I budget for these bills, but it would be nicer to not have it all fall within 2 months.   DS has his yearly physical in there too. so a co-payment.

Winter activites are coming to an end and it is time to register/pay for spring and summer ones.  DS will need warm weather clothes and shoes.  I dread the cost of shoes now that he is in man sizes-gym shoes, water shoes, and sandals.

The pups will require flea and tick treatments.

DH and DS have birthdays as do my dad and MIL, plus spring fling (we celebrate the solstice) and Mother's Day.  I'm working on gift ideas for DS.   We told him we'd take a mini get away for his birthday in lieu of a party, but I'd still like to get him a gift or two.  I have $800 budgeted total and could squeak out another $200.   We're taking my dad out to a Brazilian steakhouse for his birthday, $250.  My husband is a challenge to shop for, so I'm still thinking on that.  Mother's Day will probably be a brunch here for my mom and grandma with hanging baskets as gifts, $100 for food and flowers.  We'll send something to MIL and my other grandma-another $100.  For me, DS and I will go spend the day before doing something the of us enjoy- maybe kayaking or hiking. 

I am looking forward to planting our monarch way station in the back yard.  I will use starter plants for all of it. As much as I would like to use the space for a veggie garden instead, the neighbors use lawn services and my garden plot is corrupted with their chemicals.  Probably two hanging baskets for the front and one for the back.  This house has a side garden that MIL planted annuals in,  I'm thinking sunflowers-easy, inexpensive and low maintenance. I've budgeted $250 total.  I'm not really sure what the plants will cost.

Good question. It's all been in my mind, but it helped to see it written out.