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Let’s save and make money in spring! The sun is shining and flowers are blossoming, which can only mean one thing… Summer is just around the corner! (We can dream, anyway).
There are lots of money-making and money-saving opportunities in spring that we should all take advantage of.
Take a look below for our list of 30 wise and wonderful ways to make money this spring.
Get cracking at the beginning of spring and make some extra cash before the end of the month.
If you have some free time in your lunch break or a spare half an hour in the evenings, why not fill in a few online surveys for cash?
We here at MoneyMagpie recommend starting with Nielsen Online Panel, Toluna, Pinecone Research, Inbox Pounds, and LifePoints.
You won’t be rolling in dosh, but paid surveys are a great way to make extra cash for very little effort.
For more MoneyMagpie recommended survey sites see our article here.
Strangely most of us are more likely to get divorced than switch bank account. Yet, switching to a bank account with better offers can actually make you money.
There’s a lot of competition at the moment so it is a great time to make the switch.
Find out more about making money by switching bank accounts here and then compare the latest deal on our comparison pages here.
One way of de-cluttering your monthly outgoings is to switch internet providers. Many consumers sign up to ‘broadband bundles’. This means they end up paying for a landline and television package that goes unused. If you don’t use your home phone to make calls or only watch on-demand shows, do away with ‘bundles’. Opting for a broadband-only package can help de-clutter your bills and save you money.
Many consumers are put off switching internet providers. The thought of being without internet for weeks on end and missing out on significant savings can be a worry. But sorting it out can save you hundreds over the years.
Special occasions are always great ways to earn quick cash and Easter is no different.
Hampers make a creative yet inexpensive gift for your friends and family – and they can be a good money maker at the same time.
Cakes and savoury baskets are also popular to sell at markets and in fairs. Easter is only a few weeks away, so get prepared and give yourself the chance to make a bit of cash out of it here!
Dog walking is a great way to make money on the side and get fit at the same time.
Being a dog walker is as simple as it sounds. You arrange to pick up the animals, take them for a walk and then return them home.
If you love the companionship of dogs but don’t want the responsibility of owning and looking after one full time, dog walking could be the perfect way for you to earn some extra money.
Your first stop should be our essential article on how to make £60 an hour by dog walking.
The end of the financial year – 5 April – is fast approaching, which also means the start of a new tax year.
However, there are five simple things you can do now to save yourself some serious money before the next tax year begins.
Click here to see the 10 essential things to do before 5th April 2017.
“People spend a significant proportion of time searching for and retrieving misplaced items within the home – time spent searching is time that could be spent on other tasks.” Darryl Brunt, UK Sales & Marketing Director at Fellowes UK
Look out for free competitions. Whether it’s online, in magazines or with writing comps, you could win anything from a chocolate bar to a free holiday.
Read our full competitions article for more details.
Every week we have a fabulous new competition with loads of amazing prizes to be won. Check out our homepage for the latest competition and how to enter.
Easter Monday and the extended Easter bank holiday weekend is traditionally the time when DIY stores offer discounts.
Check online before the weekend to see what bargains you can pick up.
Take a look at our secret tips for transforming your home on the cheap here.
It’s National Pet Month which aims to encourage responsible pet ownership.
Keeping pets can be an expensive business. With vet’s bills, food, kennels and insurance to consider, the average cost of looking after a dog is close to £1,000 per year. Even cats can cost well over £500.
Good pet insurance can save you a packet if your pet is ill. It’s also a great way of spreading out the costs of treatment over the year.
Take a look at our article on how to cut back on pet insurance with our article here.
No matter how small your garden may be, you can earn a sweet mint this spring with some of our clever outdoor money-making ideas.
From using the soil for growing saleable produce to renting your garden for private functions, there are loads of ways to earn pretty pounds from your outdoor space.
Here are a few top tips on how to make money and save money from your garden.
Would you like to make money writing fiction?
A lot of people dream of being able to quit the day job, get out a laptop (or typewriter if you’re old-school) and write a best-selling novel.
It’s not the easiest gig in the world. But that doesn’t mean there’s no money to be made in writing fiction. Who knows, you might just be the next J.K. Rowling or Suzanne Collins.
Spring is the time of year that fiction magazines and publications accept their Christmas submissions! It feels strange writing about Christmas when the daffodils are out, but it could net you a nice cash injection in time for the end of the year.
We’ve already told you how you can make money publishing to Kindle here. There’s also money to be made in submitting short stories to magazines.
Take a look at our guide to making money writing short stories here.
A Junior ISA allows you to save money– tax free – on behalf of your kids.
If you contribute the maximum amount each year your child could have over £65,000 plus interest by the time they reach eighteen.
If you’re confused about Junior ISAs take a look at Jasmine’s quick guide below or find out more about setting up a junior ISA here.
To celebrate Earth Day why not get into green living?
Adopting environmentally-friendly practices can save you good money over time. Energy-saving light bulbs last much longer and are more or less the same price as regular light bulbs.
Make your own cleaning products with lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and olive oil.
Re-use and recycle everything you can to cut costs.
We’ve got 50 ways to save money by being green here.
Cycling isn’t only a way to maintain your health and fitness levels.
This environmentally-friendly means of transport can also save you thousands in car costs, bus fares and gym memberships.
It’s win-win all round now that the weather’s better.
See how to save money by cycling here.
This month why not have a whole day spending nothing or even a week (if you can manage it).
Use your local library for books, magazines, music and film.
Spend your points to buy things such as toiletries, dinners in restaurants, and Avios points for a trip to a theme park.
Find food you already have in the kitchen to make a picnic and have a family outing in the park for free.
In fact we have lots of ways to live for free here so take a look and have fun for nothing!
This is not only a great outdoor activity for you and your family. It also helps you avoid the genetic modification and chemical pesticides that are often used when growing crops industrially.
Don’t think you need a massive garden to get growing – you can do a lot with a little space, even if it’s just a kitchen windowsill.
See our article on how to grow your own vegetables here and see how much you can save by avoiding the supermarkets.
Donating things to charity is a great way to give.
You get to declutter your home and they get to make money for good causes.
This is the ultimate way to be a do-gooder and make money in spring, putting a smile on everyone’s faces.
Also have a look at how to set up your own cleaning business here.
Mystery shopping is a great way to bag yourself some freebies, like meals out, products and even cash.
Sign up to be a mystery shopper here.
For people over the age of 60, money-making opportunities may seem scarce. But there are actually loads of fun, simple ways for seniors to make extra money in spring.
We’ve put together a list of the best money-making ideas for the over 60s so take a look and see what suits you.
Family finances are being stretched more than ever at the moment. So, making money in spring can bring welcome relief.
Is your family in this situation too? Has struggling to make ends meet become a real problem?
Then you need our top tips to get you through – they’ll make all the difference.
Find out how to save on food bills, cut your car costs and get as much as you can for free.
Check out our top 12 money-saving tips for families here.
To celebrate Sandwich Week in May why not think about setting up your own mobile sandwich business?
If you’re committed and prepared to work hard, there’s serious money to be made from a mobile food business. See more here.
Summer is just around the corner so now’s a great time to grab a great-value gym deal.
Don’t commit yourself to a lengthy contract, use Hussle instead – you only pay when you visit!
Find even more ways to cut the cost of your gym membership.
If you’re trying to think of ways of saving money, why not have a think about what skills you can swap?
Someone, somewhere will want your skills, and by using the idea of skill swapping you could get something you want in return. Getting out and about in the fresh air using your skills makes spring ideal for making money.
OK, by now we’re six months into the year, and even though spring is turning to a summer full of sunshine we think everyone needs to smile a little more.
We here at MoneyMagpie HQ think there’s always something to be happy about. So to help cheer you up, we’ve found a few things to make you smile. This includes some great bargains and events, and also some good things we have all the time that we often forget about.
Take a look at 63 reasons to be cheerful this year and make the next six months the best you can.
Going on holiday can be an expensive business so the last thing you want to do is spend a fortune when you’re at the airport.
Luckily for you, MoneyMagpie has ten great ways for you to save money at the airport here.
It’s that time of year again when students are scrambling around applying for their loans. Making extra money in spring is ideal!
The rise in tuition fees means it’s now even harder to pay off your debts once you leave university.
Not to worry, MoneyMagpie’s Student Loans eBook has all the answers you need. You’ll shrink your student debt while still having a life!
Instead of a gift this Father’s Day, how about treating him to a nice meal?
Restaurants offer a host of incentives, ranging from 2-for-1 meal deals to cheap drinks offers.
This way you’ll save some money and be in your dad’s good books.
Check out the latest cheap eat vouchers and 2-for-1 meal deals here.
If you’re looking for some great freebies then websites like Gumtree and Freecycle have loads of adverts for free things. Quite often they might need repairing or doing up, but you could find a real bargain. You could even up-cycle things to sell for a profit!
For group discounts and deals check out great sites like Groupon and Wowcher. Plus, check out even more ways to save and make money this spring 2020.
With the average UK wedding costing a staggering £20,000+, it’s no wonder so many couples start married life in debt.
Even a ‘budget’ wedding can cost loads when you start adding things like the flowers, the food, the photographer…
June is a favourite month for weddings, so if you’re getting married but you want to save money and still have the wedding of your dreams you must start planning early.
A nationwide initiative has been launched to encourage people to consider their home security and how to protect their possessions.
It is also encouraging people to use their DIY skills to make their homes securer.
It is also a good time to consider house insurance in case the worst happens. Use our home insurance comparison service to find the best deal for you.
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Some useful Spring money making ideas, am going to try growing some veg.