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How a home garden can result in hundreds of dollars in savings

While America has gravitated away from its agrarian roots, there is a large body of research that suggests that growing fruits and vegetables in the backyard isn't just a rewarding hobby but can result in hundreds of dollars in savings. According to U.S. News & World Report, small landscaping decisions can have a major impact on your home's value and utility bills, while families that harvest their own produce can save a fortune in grocery bills.

One of the few caveats associated with a home garden is the initial cost of soil, seeds and other supplies. For Opinion Outpost members, however, taking paid surveys is an easy way to make money from home online and pay for any upfront costs. In this way, the return on investment associated with home-grown tomatoes, herbs and other greens is even steeper.

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Having fresh produce growing in a backyard garden or a planter box on the porch of your apartment is rewarding in and of itself. You can plant your favorite foods for an upcoming holiday meal or to enjoy throughout the spring and summer. Odds are your local hardware or lawn care store has seeds as well as more mature plants that can be placed directly in the ground. 

The savings associated with a home garden are immense, especially with food prices on the rise. According to Money Crashers, the Burpee Seed Co. found that for every $50 a family invested in gardening supplies, seeds or fertilizer, they could reap up to a $1,250 value in produce. Even with more conservative estimates, anyone who grows the right vegetables can stand to save hundreds of dollars by lowering grocery bills and limiting travel costs from heading to the supermarket. 

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Beyond the savings associated with growing your own food, making a few changes to your yard can keep money in your pocket in different ways. U.S. News & World Report explained that investing in a few well-placed trees can save your family quite a significant chunk of change in utility costs.

Big, leafy trees can shade your home during the summer, which can lower the temperature by 20 to 40 degrees. This results in a major reduction in the amount of energy it takes to cool your house because the air conditioning system needs to do less work to keep things at an ideal setting. A few medium-sized trees won't be terribly expensive to install, and over time their presence may save your family hundreds of dollars. 

The Arbor Day Foundation explained that trees do so much more for homeowners than just providing shade. Not only do communities with more trees tend to have less crime, but a few mature trees can improve a house's value by as much as 10 percent.

Planting a garden or tree is not just a smart investment, but can be a fun family activity or hobby. It will teach your children about the natural world as well as the value of hard work, patience and finesse. 


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