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When you think of April and money, what comes to mind? Taxes, right?
But April’s also the month when we leave our wintry hibernations behind and prepare for the sunny months ahead. So as you enjoy this much-anticipated spring season, remember to budget for some non-tax related expenses as well.
Here’s a quick list to get you started:
1. Home Repairs
Most of us have a sad-looking deck or a fence that could use a good pressure wash and a fresh coat of paint. Or if you’ve been putting off replacing your old roof or air conditioner, do it now before the rain and heat set in.
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2. Moving Costs
Spring is a great time to sell your home. And with a good real estate agent, it should go fast. So either book a high-quality moving company or rent a truck and trick your dearest friends into moving that beast of a dresser for you. Save your sanity and check out these moving day tips now.
3. Easter Sunday
Planning a big Easter meal and baskets for the kids? Budget now, as this holiday is just around the corner. You can also plan ahead for next year by stockpiling discounted toys after the rush.
4. Administrative Professional’s Day
Say thanks to the person who keeps your calendar clear and your office organized. Pitch in for a group gift, like flowers and cake, or budget for an individual present, like a gift card to their favorite restaurant.
5. Vehicle Care
Your car’s been pounded with ice, snow and salt this winter. It’s finally time to clean it up and focus on a little maintenance while you’re at it. Need new tires? Are the brakes still working well? How about an oil change? Regular car care will ensure your ride lasts much longer.
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6. Lawn/Outdoor Purchases
Flowers are synonymous with spring. Work them into your spending plan now—along with a new lawn mower or grill if your old one’s rusted out.
7. Family Photo Session
Did somebody say flowers? With fields of daffodils popping up all over the place, it’s an ideal time to snap some great shots with your family. Figure out which package you can afford before you schedule that photo session.
8. Camping Trips
April marks the beginning of camping season. So if you plan on taking your brood on the open road, budget for gas, hot dogs and that overnight camping fee.
9. Spring Clothes
Have your lightweight clothes seen better days? While you’re shopping for new ones, be on the lookout for leftover sweaters and boots for next winter, but don't fall for this popular money myth we've all been guilty of believing.
10. Garage Sales
Spring cleaning means you get to buy someone else’s unwanted stuff! But before you do, know what you’re looking for and how much you’re willing to pay. Then let loose at consignment shops, thrift stores and local garage sales . . . but never buy these 9 items.
Oh, and one last thing—file your taxes! But you already knew that.