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Spring Financial Checklist: 4 Deadlines to Know

by on March 15, 2012

With the month of April right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your financial priorities for the summer. To help you plan a productive & fun summer, here are some financial tips and deadlines to you should know.

1. Plan NOW for summer vacation. If you want to experience a fun-filled summer vacation with friends in June or July, now is the time to book flights, hotels, or rental cars.  As gas prices go up, so will airplane tickets so it’s better to book now while gas prices are just under $4.00 in most parts of the country.  Sign up e-blasts from third party websites like Priceline and you will get their 24-48 sales that tend to go fast and last for a short period of time. Think about picking a vacation spot based upon the affordability of the travel requirements.  If it’s cheaper to fly to Puerto Rico than to the Bahamas, take that into consideration.  You can easily have just as much summer fun in Puerto Rico, plus you don’t need a passport!

2. File Your Taxes by April 17. Although the last day to file your personal taxes is April 17, we recommend you don’t wait until the last minute in case of any errors or sudden hold ups.  If you do not have all the documentation to file your taxes by the deadline, file for an extension with a 4868 form which should give you up until September to complete your filing. To learn more about the basics when it comes to filing your taxes, click here.

3. Get Summer-time fit by June 20. Although the first official day of summer isn’t until June 20, the weather in your town or city will most likely warm up by April or May if it hasn’t already done so.  This means it’s time to drop that holiday weight and get in bathing suit shape!  By exercising 2 to 3 times a week and cutting back on eating 3-4 hours before you go to sleep, you can easily slim down for beach fun!

4. Check & fix your summer must-need electric items. Before summer arrives, check your air conditioner and home grill.  If these items are a little old or not working properly, get them fixed or checked out by a specialist now as the prices may be cheaper and repair experts won’t be as swamped. You don’t want to find yourself in the middle of July hosting a BBQ at your home when something goes wrong with your grill or A/C.

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