How Turning the Clocks Ahead Helps You Spend Less

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Kendal Perez from Coupon Sherpa explains how.

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The loss of one hour's worth of sleep makes "springing forward" a tough time, though many Americans enjoy the prospect of more sunshine. Setting the clock forward saves consumers more than just daylight, however. Consider these eight ways Daylight Saving Time can actually help you spend less.

  • Lower your energy bill - Let the natural light from longer days warm your home and use your less lights. Keep the window blinds and curtains open during the day.
  • Put your gym membership on hold - You have more opportunities to exercise outdoors with the extra sunlight. Pick up at-home fitness equipment with deals like $20 off $100 at Sports Authority via CouponSherpa.com.
  • Drive less - Gas prices jumped 7-cents per gallon. With extra daylight, walk to and from work or literally "run" your errands in the evening to consume less fuel. You can even calculate your potential savings.
  • Host backyard BBQ or picnic - Gather friends and coworkers at your home for an outdoor grill or go to a local park for a picnic with family to avoid restaurant bills.
  • Pick up a side gig - Check Craiglist or TaskRabbit.com for odd jobs that you can tackle after work like trimming trees, roof repairs or walking dogs.
  • Watch the sunset - Instead of dinner-and-movie dates costing $50 or more, watch the sunset together. Check current time of sunset at TimeandDate.com.
  • Boost mood naturally - Swap the fleeting high of buying something new with extra doses of sunlight to boost serotonin, the feel good hormone! Take a walk or bike ride to boost your mood and energy level.
  • Stream less - With more opportunities to be outdoors, you cut back on those streaming video services and even reduce your mobile data plan.

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