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Spring Cleaning Cheapskate Style

Posted By Jeff Yeager On April 2, 2013 @ 12:28 pm In Money Talk | Comments Disabled

clean [1]Several years ago I resigned myself to the fact that we live in the kind of house [2] that’s better cleaned with an heavy duty wet/dry vac than a traditional vacuum cleaner like most folks use. If you live in a semirural, ultra-muddy area and heat your home [3] primarily with woodstoves like we do, then you know what I mean. By late winter, much of our house looks more like a barn or sawmill.

With the crocuses, daffodils, and forsythia in full bloom [4] and the woodstove (hopefully!) shut down until next fall, I’m ready to launch an all-out spring cleaning campaign to get our house and yard in shape for the warmer months ahead [5]. To further motivate me, I’ve discovered over the years that spring cleaning need not be expensive and, in fact, can actually save or even make you money if you do it correctly.

In this week’s episode of  “The Cheap Life,” I share some of my tips for spring cleaning cheapskate-style. So grab your feather duster and sponge mop, and head on over to YouTube for some money-saving spring cleaning advice [6] and laughs. While you’re there, be sure to leave me your favorite cheapskate cleaning tips and you might win a $50 gift card!

Photo credit: The Survival Woman via Flickr. [7]


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[1] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/clean.jpg

[2] the kind of house: http://www.aarp.org/videos.id=635356909001/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[3] heat your home: http://blog.aarp.org/2011/11/02/cheapskates-good-smelling-energy-audit/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[4] in full bloom: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-03-2013/get-ready-for-gardening-season.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[5] warmer months ahead: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-06-2012/12-ways-to-stay-cool-and-save-money.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[6] money-saving spring cleaning advice: http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/home-improvement/info-04-2011/saving-money-by-spring-cleaning.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[7] Photo credit: The Survival Woman via Flickr.: http://www.flickr.com/photos/backdoorsurvival/7029766117/sizes/s/

[8] Use Your Slow Cooker and Save Year Round: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/03/19/use-your-slow-cooker-and-save-year-round/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[9] Coast-to-Coast Spring Cleaning: Simple Ways to Keep Your Community Litter-Free: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/03/25/better-the-environment-pick-up-litter-in-your-community/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[10] Join AARP: https://appsec.aarp.org/MSS/join/application?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-MEM

[11] AARP home page: http://www.aarp.org/?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-HP

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