6 reasons spring cleaning can save you money.Posted by Donna Freedman on Mar 11, 2013 | 79 comments
Last month several dozen personal finance bloggers collaborated in a Valentine-themed giveaway sponsored by Rather-Be-Shopping.com, a site specializing in online coupon codes. The contest generated so much response that site founder Kyle James decided to do it again.
This time the theme is “spring and saving money.” The prize remains the same: $500 cash via PayPal.
Enter via the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post. The deadline is March 31. You have the option of multiple entries if you’re willing to subscribe to the other bloggers and/or follow them on social media.
The $500 prize could be used toward a discount getaway (hint: search for travel discount coupons at Rather-Be-Shopping), a rapid debt repayment plan or to build/bolster an emergency fund. Or just to buy cleaning supplies – come on, haven’t you always wanted your own carpet steamer?
Incidentally: If you enter, check your doggoned e-mail! The first winner of the previous contest did not respond within the 48-hour time frame and kissed $500 cash goodbye.
Financial reasons for a clean-up
1. Dirt is unhealthy. Just ask anybody with asthma or a dust mite allergy, or someone who’s sensitive to mold/mildew. Poor air quality can trigger more sick days and/or more use of rescue inhalers and allergy meds. Ideally you’d vacuum/sweep and dust regularly all year round. If you fell behind this winter, now’s the time to catch up. This is particularly true if you live in a place where they put gravel on icy roads – a whole lot of dust is being tracked in. Cleaning = a breath of fresh air.
2. Clutter can camouflage. Where’s the iPod charger? Your transit pass? Those documents you need to file your taxes? They could be anywhere – and if you give up searching because you’re in a hurry, the replacements are going to cost you. Cleaning = rediscovery.
3. Messes mess with your head. Ever look around your dump of a domicile and get so depressed that you go out? Or have you avoided coming home because the place is dingy and smells like really old laundry? Being away from home usually means spending money, unless you have really understanding friends who let you hang out night after night. More to the point: Why are you paying rent/a mortgage on a place you can’t stand to be in? Cleaning = serenity.
4. Hostess with the most mess? If your friends seem to resist coming over for game night or movie night, it’s probably because they don’t like that really-old-laundry scent but are too embarrassed to say so. Revamp your crib and start hosting inexpensive entertainments once more. Cleaning = frugal fraternization.
5. Money may be lurking. Ever find coins under the couch cushions, or crumpled bills in the pockets of clothes you finally got around to washing/dry-cleaning? No? Well, start looking! Cleaning = treasure hunt.
6. Dump junk, earn bucks. Stuff you no longer use – college textbooks, the designer purse that you stopped caring about once you finally got it – could garner some money via a consignment store, eBay or Craigslist. Put it out there! I earned $1,200 (yes, twelve hundred dollars) a little plastic statue of a baseball player that I got as part of the community property split. Hope you’re that lucky. Cleaning = extra cash.