Year-Round Money Management Breakdown [Infographic]

Year-Round Money Management Breakdown

If you’re only checking your budget once or twice a year, you need to up your finance game. Take a year-round approach with these seasonal tips.

Winter

  • Audit Your Expenses: Use budgeting software like Quicken Starter Edition to examine your spending habits from last year. See where you can trim excess spending.
  • Save Big, Save Early: Set up automatic transfers to savings accounts for retirement and emergency savings, as well as accounts for your other personal goals.

Spring

  • Plan for Tax Time: Decide early what you plan to do with a refund (like savings or debt repayment), then organize your documents and receipts for tax prep. 
  • Start Your Travel Fund: Dreaming of a warm-weather getaway? Start diverting money from entertainment into savings each month to fund a summer trip.

Summer

  • Conduct a Mid-Year Audit: Make sure your savings, expenditures and tax withholdings are in line with your goals — and make any required adjustments now.
  • Plan Home Maintenance: Collect quotes and set up extra savings to cover any repairs or upgrades you may need to do in the winter months.

Autumn

  • Budget for Back to School: Books and school supplies don’t come cheap. Set some extra funds aside for educational expenses, or to save for education costs in the future.
  • Use Credit Responsibly: The holidays can be a cash crunch, so it’s tempting to pay with plastic. Budget early, and only use credit to spend money you already have.
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