With spring in full bloom, there’s a world of opportunity for fun times and good vibes, all while celebrating Earth Month! Ready to enjoy yourself while keeping your budget in check?
1. Get your hands dirty
You know that old saying “April showers bring May flowers”? It's doesn’t tell you is that gardening can reduce anxiety and stress. With the end of the spring semester coming up, a mounting pile of assignments and quizzes can quickly become overwhelming. Take some time to nurture and grow a plant of your choosing. By doing so, you help the environment, and depending on what you grow, you might have a tasty treat or the perfect Instagram photo at your fingertips. For some easy outdoor plants that you’re guaranteed success with, check out this list. Of course, if you’re living in a dorm with limited sun but still want to take advantage, here are some awesome indoor houseplants that will give you a breath of fresh air.
2. Dig into spring recipes
Never been to the farmer’s market? Head over to pick up some fresh vegetables, fruits, and maybe even spices. It's the perfect opportunity to try a few new spring recipes that your stomach (and your roommates) will thank you for. It's a great way to support local producers and start brushing up your cooking skills. If your cooking skills aren't great, try something simple like oven roasted vegetables or a fresh fruit smoothie (bonus if you can find fresh honey). When you're ready to level up, try stuffed peppers or a veggie-packed pasta.
3. Explore the local community
It’s finally warm enough to enjoy the outdoors. That means it’s the perfect opportunity to bring out your inner explorer and find the hidden gems in your local community. Check out shops, local parks, and restaurants you've never been to but have been wanting to visit. There’s a world of opportunity around every corner, so take a chance on a new place this spring!
4. Spring clean
It’s spring cleaning season! Open some windows, put on your favorite music, and get ready to make your space look spotless. Spring cleaning has a number of benefits to your mental and physical health, so you’re doing much more than just tidying up. However, who says the benefits have to end there? Spring cleaning is the perfect time for you to assess what you do and don’t need for the future, and gives you the opportunity to either donate or sell items that are cluttering your space. For those looking to give back, Volunteers for America accept donations across the United States. If you’d rather sell to start saving for next semester, check out Ebay, Mercari, and Swappa.
5. Spend time outside
Getting outdoors means a lot of different things for different people. Some envision being in the middle of the woods, foraging for food and using flint and steel to light a fire. Others take a tent to the backyard, make a bonfire, and watch The Crown with fresh S’mores by their side. Whether you’re a hardcore hiker with wilderness experience, or someone looking to diverge from your everyday lifestyle, it’s the perfect time to pack up some snacks and get outdoors. No matter who you are, camping, hiking, swimming or any other outdoor activity will be rewarding. A night under the stars should definitely make your to-do list this spring, especially if it’s something you haven’t done before.
You’ll definitely have a spring to remember (and you’ll feel a lot better physically and mentally as well). Stick to these budget-friendly activities and set your budgets with Boro now so you're ready for summer.