Hobbies can sometimes take a huge chunk out of your budget, especially if it involves expensive collector’s items or sporting equipment. If you want to lessen your expenses, you’d have to give up that expensive hobby. Fortunately, there are other hobbies that can keep you busy and help save money at the same time. If you’re looking for something to do during the weekends and you’re thinking of ways to save money, gardening lets you hit two birds with one stone. Here are the reasons why:
1. A veggie garden can help you save on grocery expenses
The most obvious benefit of having your own garden is that you don’t need to spend money on fresh produce. With fresh fruits and vegetables right at your backyard, you can say goodbye to overpriced goods. And because you’ve grown these produce right at your own garden, they’re 100% free from preservatives. But in order to maximise savings, make sure you invest in plants that will grow well in your area. When starting out, don’t buy too many gardening tools. Stick to the basic equipment, and if you can, borrow from your neighbours first. Plant clippings and seeds can also cost you, but they’re very cheap. A good idea is to ask from your neighbours who have gardens for free clippings, seeds, and compost.
2. Gardening is a cheaper, mood-boosting alternative to shopping
Shopping as a mood booster isn’t really good on your budget and overall health. Aside from spending money on stuff you don’t really need, the high you’ll feel after buying stuff is only temporary. If you want a more effective and more permanent mood boost, get those happy vibes out with gardening. As an outdoor activity that you can do in a green environment, gardening can have positive effects not just on your mood, but also on your overall well-being. So instead of getting over a bad day by treating yourself to another shopping spree, grab a spade and start working on your little piece of paradise.
3. You can say goodbye to your gym membership
All the hours you’ll spend standing up or squatting down as you prune up your greens is actually an effective form of exercise. To help you lessen your expenses, chuck your gym membership and sweat it out at your backyard. Depending on how much work you put in your garden, you can actually burn more than 100 calories per hour. You also don’t need to worry about buying a pair of sneakers or gym clothes because you can wear anything that’s comfortable when in the garden.
4. You can earn extra cash with your fresh produce
If you have extra fruits and veggies from your garden, you can actually sell them to your neighbours, local restaurants, and even markets. Just make sure you have a selling permit if your city requires one. Buyers are also sure to get a good deal because they don’t have to deal with a middle man, one factor that can double up the prices. So if you’re looking for ways to earn money without making a huge investment, plant fruits and veggies in your garden and start selling those extra produce.
5. You get to save on cold and flu meds
If there’s enough space, include a patch for your herbs. Home remedies for colds and flu can be easily found in the garden, helping you lessen medicine expenses. Whenever you feel like you’re coming down with the flu, grab a bunch of chili peppers from the garden and add them to a beef stew. Chili peppers are known to help unblock clogged sinuses and can help break down sticky mucus from your lungs. Onions and ginger are also well-known remedies for a lot of illnesses. From colds, nausea, to an upset stomach, your garden could hold the key to faster recovery. And since these produce are organically grown, you don’t have to think about toxic pesticides contaminating your herbs.
With so many money-saving and health benefits, gardening should be on your what-to-try-next list. You don’t even have to spend that much because you can borrow tools and ask for free plant clippings. But before you start digging holes in your backyard, do some research first on which plants grow best in your area, and which veggies and fruits are in demand within your neighbourhood. This way, you won’t waste time and effort planting plants that will just wilt before harvest time. If you need more tips on how to save money and deal with a tight budget, check out the Alpha Finance blog.