For us, Easter egg hunts never lost their joy: Going outside on a pretty spring day to find little treats hidden in unexpected (and sometimes totally expected) places?
But wouldn’t it be great if, instead of jelly beans and marshmallow chicks, those eggs were stuffed with money? Well, they can be … as long as you know where to look.
That’s why we’ve decided to elevate the Easter egg hunt to a whole new level by dropping hints for you (big, giant, whopping ones) on where to find extra money and savings this spring.
The best part? You don’t even need to put on your Sunday best to fill your metaphorical Easter basket with bills instead of bunnies.
Hint # 1: Spring Clean … for Cash
Let’s start your hunt in the house. You likely have money hidden all over your home in the form of clothing, electronics and other items you no longer want or need.
So as you’re organizing your closets, dusting your bookshelves and cleaning out your drawers this spring, assess everything you touch with a fresh eye, looking for items that you haven’t used in the last year. You can amass quite a collection of sellable objects this way.
“The average person only wears 20% of their closet,” says consumer expert Andrea Woroch, who is a fan of bringing unwanted stuff to consignment shops for cash. And donate whatever the consignment store doesn’t take to the Goodwill or Salvation Army—just get a receipt, so you can deduct your donation from your taxes next year.
Hint # 2: Nab Deals on Appliances
Speaking of spring cleaning, now is a great time to get deep discounts on items like vacuums and refrigerators. “Vacuums are really good to buy in April because, during the start of summer, they introduce a lot of new models, and the stores are trying to get the older models out,” says Erin Konrad of CouponPal.com. “Places like Best Buy, Kohl’s and other big-box retailers and online stores have great deals.”