3.16.2012

How Spring Makes Us (Me?) Spend More

Before I begin this post, I wrote a guest post over at Michelle's blog - Making Sense of Cents. Check it out! It's one of my favorite topics to talk about - motivation and money psychology

Oh hello Spring! So nice of you to finally show up this week. I have been waiting for you all winter, although it only rained a handful of times here in San Diego...but that's ok!

Has anyone else noticed that Spring makes us spend more? I really think in my case it does. How you ask? See below.

1. Sunshine: I love the sun. It plays a huge role in my mood because if it's shining on my face when I wake up, it's an automatic alarm clock and it makes me want to get out of bed and enjoy the nice weather. When there is no sun and it's gloomy and overcast, I wake up feeling out of my element and really lazy. All I want to do is lay in the warm blankets. So sunshine makes me get out of bed and it makes me want to do more = higher chance of spending if I'm out of the house!

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2. Summer: When Spring rolls around, it's a constant reminder that Summer is happily on its way here. I love summer which means Spring gets me excited for my favorite season. Usually when I think of summer I want to get beach ready which means more working out..which means buying workout gear. I have been on the look out for compression sleeves for my calves since I run a lot and get shin splints. Also I am really into cute workout clothes!

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3. Longer Days: 7pm and it's still sunny? Let's go do something! I don't know about you but when it was 7pm and dark, I was already getting settled in my PJs and armed to surf the net or watch TV or study until it was time to go to sleep. 7pm used to mean 3 more hours until bedtime but now that the sun's still out at 7pm it's easier to want to go out...again, out of the house = higher chance of spending whether it's grabbing a quick cup of fro-yo or boba or jamba juice.

4. New Clothes: As seasons change, I look at my closet each time and think to myself..I have way too many sweaters and pants. I need shorts! I need bright happy colors! I need bathing suits! I need sandals! This season I will not let myself fall into that trap again. I'm going to use all of my summery clothes that have been hanging untouched. If you're like me, new seasons (especially Spring) could trigger this feeling...and it's not a good one. At least keep an eye out for sales, coupons, or promo codes for when the need gets to be too much.

5. More Energy: This goes in hand with #3, but I have more energy in Spring. In Fall and Winter, I get into a productive mood and become addicted to work, but when it's Spring I'm feeling generally more happy and I want to do more. Volunteer? Yes! Go hiking? Yes! Go to the gym? Yes! Instead of feeling sluggish and wanting to stay in when it's raining, I get the urge to do more stuff and actually spend more.

6. Spring Cleaning: With Spring comes Spring cleaning. My family and I used to overhaul our old clothes, vacuum and dust every tiny crevice and then rearrange furniture. Spring is a time for a new beginning and what better way to do so than to clean house? I just cleaned my closet last weekend and it was crazy. It took me hours but now it's organized and nice to look at, and I can actually see all of my clothes! But with spring cleaning I bought new drawers for organization and usually with cleaning/organizing/rearranging, you end up buying furniture or organization stuff. Ikea anyone?

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7. Vacation Planning: As I mentioned before, Spring means summer is looming near. Summer means vacation time! Woohoo! I actually love vacation planning but this also means taking a good look at your budget, and finally that travel fund you've been throwing money at for awhile will be used to buy those plane tickets for that tropical destination. With vacations of any sort, I'm sure you all go shopping in preparation for these trips, whether it's for clothes, tickets (shows? amusement parks?), or whatever you plan to bring or enjoy.

Does Spring make anyone else spend more? Or am I the only oddball in this room?

8 comments:

inbudgetswetrust said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I totally agree with you about spending more in the spring. Nice weather <=> vacations and going out more <=> new wardrobe or shoes. It can be so difficult to have self-control!

bogofdebt said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm extremely more likely to spend in the summer--ice cream is a major weakness (okay I buy it during the winter too but not as much). That and I've taken up gardening.

Of course I want to buy new clothes--I've been working out so I kind of "need" them at the same time that I want them.

shopping2saving said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@bogofdebt I buy ice cream all year long too!!!!

Michelle P said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks for guest posting for me today! And I agree, I definitely spend more when there's warmer weather.

Rebecca said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm about to spend a lot on plants for this spring (which maybe could possibly save me grocery money this summer?) and I'm looking at a sail boat to buy. You aren't alone!

femmefrugality said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

So true! I'm hoping that by cleaning out my closet I may find some stuff to sell this year. We'll see. I don't even care if I tend to spend more when it's warm out...it makes me so happy that it's worth it!

Young Professional Finances said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I definitely spend more in the Spring. I think it may just have to do with the fact that I'm out of the house more - plus I want to get my house looking great. Going to try to avoid that this season!

Rafiki said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I really need to spend a year or two somewhere where the season changes. I'm so afraid of the winter though.

It's different for me since I am accustom to sun all year round but when the rainy days come, I do enjoy them more, especially if I can stay in bed all day and enjoy them.

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