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The arrival of March means that spring is officially within reach — and with it comes warm weather, longer days and the sudden urge to declutter (especially if you’ve been watching a certain Marie Kondo Netflix special).
As hibernation season comes to a close, it’s important to carve out time for our finances — as well as the fun stuff. These simple to-dos can help keep your money on track while preparing you for a successful spring.
1. Boost Your Productivity
March signals the start of daylight saving time, which means the clocks jump forward an hour and you suddenly feel like you’re way behind schedule. Get ahead of the mayhem by making more efficient use of your time. These Sunday habits can help you start the work week refreshed and ready to hit the ground running. Tracking your time can also help boost your productivity (so you can stop wondering where the day went — again). And if multitasking isn’t helping your to-do list get any smaller, try monotasking instead.
2. Prep for Wedding Season
If you’ve been seeing a lot of engagement rings flashing across your social media feed lately, that means you’re on the verge of wedding season — lots of fun, but also lots of expenses. Between gifts, outfits, hotel rooms and Ubers, wedding season can easily tank any budget if you’re not prepared. These tips can help you come up with a game plan. And this frugal writer shares how she managed to afford her friend’s extravagant wedding weekend on a tight budget.
3. Spring Clean Your Space
There’s nothing like the change of seasons to make you want to deep-clean everything from your closet to your fridge. But it can feel overwhelming to tackle such a big goal, especially if your schedule is already packed. Luckily, it doesn't have to be all or nothing. These tips can help you organize your home, whether you have 5 minutes or an entire weekend. And before you blindly put your cast-offs in the giveaway pile, check out these surprising household items that are worth selling online.
4. Shop Smarter
The siren song of new spring styles is calling you to stores both online and IRL (and having a freshly cleaned out closet doesn’t help). Before you start adding everything to your cart, check out these tricks retailers use to make you overspend — and how you can outsmart them. And to find out which "deals” are worth it this month, here are the best things to buy in March — plus what to skip.
5. File Your Taxes
If you didn’t take our advice in February to file your taxes early (we get it, it was a short month), take care of this important task now, whether you make an appointment with a tax pro or go the DIY route. Waiting until the last minute only increases the chances of costly errors — just ask this woman, who wound up with a $3,000 tax mistake. Plus, the sooner you file the sooner you can get that refund check. Before you earmark it all for a new spring wardrobe, though, consider this method to put your refund to better use.