March 14, 2011

I know I am not the only one feeling more tired today than usual. Every spring, we lose an hour during daylight savings time when we “spring” forward our clocks in order to have longer days of light. This spring jet lag can take a few days to get use to, but once our bodies and minds have adjusted, we should use the extra light to accomplish tasks after work that we couldn’t before. Here are some great ways you can start saving money with that extra daylight.

Yard work time! Extra light means you can now get some yard work done after you get off work. This may not be something you want to do during the week, but just think, if you do it during your work week, you will have more free time on the weekend.

Take the kids to the park. It is recommended that we get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day, so why not spend it with your children. If you maintain an active lifestyle, your children will want to mirror your behavior. That is one habit you do want to pass down to your kids.

Take your dog on a walk. Depending on where you live, some pets do not get the luxury to run around a yard all day while their owner is away at work. If your pet is cooped up inside all day, when you get home they are bursting with energy, so why not treat them to a nice walk outside. Not only will it calm them down, but it will give you a little time to reflect on the day and wind down.

Exercise Outdoors. Gym memberships can sometimes cost a fortune, and if you are unable to afford it, you need to find additional options to work out. Now is the perfect time to utilize the extra sunlight we have. Go running on the beach, go on a hike, play an outdoor sport, you have so many options to keep yourself in shape. Make it a priority!

These are just a few ways to spend your extra hour(s) of sunlight. There are many other fun, yet productive, ways to enjoy this time. What are you planning to do with the extra light in your day?



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