Money Checklist: Week 2
Review Budget and Savings Goals
Have you adjusted your yearly budget to account for new objectives, new obligations, and your current goals? The year ahead may include summer vacations, back-to-school spending, and the holiday season. Take some time now to prepare.
Cancel Unneeded Subscriptions
Take a look at and evaluate any subscriptions you have, such as streaming services, security tools, delivery services, or periodicals (both digital and print). Spring is a good time to consider what you use and cancel what you don’t. Now would also be a good time to check with other services, such as your phone, cable, or Internet providers, to see if there’s a more economical plan. It’s common for such plans to expire and move to default billing after a while, so you might be paying more than you need to.
Home Checklist: Week 2
Clean Your Gutters
Your gutters and rain spouts will likely need clearing from fall and winter debris. Give them a thorough mucking out, and if you don’t have gutter protectors in place, consider adding them before summer heat sets in.
Trim Trees and Shrubs
This is not just an aesthetic exercise but also necessary to clear dead branches or limbs, which could potentially form a hazard. One tip: be careful not to trim too aggressively until you know which limbs are actually dead and which are just dormant.