Spring may not have even sprung yet, but before you know it, we'll be in the dog days of summer. Planning ahead now can help make the months to come — and all the expenses that come with them — that much more manageable. So roll up your sleeves, get organized and tackle these four spring money to-dos to help set yourself up for success.
1. Tackle Your Taxes
Deadline: Tuesday, March 6
If you're still dragging your feet on your taxes, it's time to buckle down and make a plan. We know it seems daunting, but luckily, you don't have to do everything all at once. Take things one at a time and finish ahead of that deadline. That's the kind of stress-free tax filing we can get behind.
2. Try an Easier Way to Budget
Deadline: Sunday, March 11
You may have lost an hour thanks to Daylight Saving Time, but this budgeting strategy is so simple you won't need it. The One-Number strategy breaks your spending down into four basic buckets — fixed costs, financial goals, non-monthly expenses and flex spending — and takes the guesswork out of budgeting.
3. Start Saving for Wedding Season
Deadline: Friday, March 16
Soon temps will be increasing — and so will those wedding invites. Don't let your budget get caught off guard when it comes to the gifts, travel and accommodations you'll have to dish out for (and even more if you're in the wedding party). Put money aside now so you won't be forced to scramble later (read: put it on a credit card).
4. Declutter Your Space
Deadline: Tuesday, March 20
Nothing says spring like a good, old-fashioned deep cleaning. Not only is it a great way to declutter and refresh your space, but selling your gently used items can also help you make some extra money.