March is almost here! Is your budget ready? Before you finish writing your budget for March be sure to read this. There may be some things that you forgot.
First, Do You Have a Budget?
Having a budget is step one! If you don’t have a budget, click here for my excel budget template. It’s easy to use, has all the formulas pre-populated, example categories preloaded AND can be used in Excel and Google Sheets!
I also have a helpful spending analysis template that will help you determine how much to set for categories like groceries, eating out, gas, personal spending and more.
March Budget Items You Don’t Want to Forget:
March can have unexpected expenses, which can hurt your wallet if you aren’t prepared for them. Here are a few items to keep in mind when doing your March budget:
If you have children, spring break can be a budget buster. Set aside extra money for activities when your kids are home from school.
Where are my basketball fans at? Whether you are throwing parties and need to budget for beer and wings, or will be betting, be sure to factor March Madness into your budget. It’s okay to have fun but don’t go crazy. According to USA Today, last year American’s spend $8.4 billion on March Madness betting!!
If you or your family are in need of new clothes for the spring and summer months, most stores will be having sales the last week of March.
This is also a great time to make extra cash by selling your clothes to consignment stores, Plato’s Closet, Mercari, or Poshmark.
St. Patrick’s Day
Whether you go out to the bar with your friends, shove you face with shepherd’s pie, or dress your kids from head to toe in green, budget in extra money if you will be channeling your inner Irish on the 17th
Summer Camp Fees
There may still be snow on the ground but now is the time to register your kids for summer camp. By registering early you can even snag a discount. Do some research, ask around town and find the best summer camps for your children. Often times you will need to put down a deposit or pay in full in order to reserve their spot.
Income Tax Bills
Tax season is officially here. If you know that you are going to owe money on your taxes, file them early. You have until April 15th to file and pay your taxes, but if you do owe money it is best to know now so that you can set aside an allotted amount each month to pay for them at the beginning of April.
As a small business owner, we hire an accountant to do our taxes for us to maximize our deductions. Make sure you set aside money in your budget for CPA fees as well.
Now is the time to stock up on luggage and garden supplies like fertilizer, mulch and maybe even a patio set. I live in South Florida and now that it is not 90 degrees out, it’s the perfect time to finally put down sod and have a lawn in our new home.
Stores are trying to clear out their garden supplies from last year before they bring in this year’s. Prices will also be going up once gardening fever hits in a couple months.
This year is one of the worst for the flu. I swear half of my office is out and more are dropping like flies. Don’t forget to budget in extra doctor’s visits, copays, as well as medicine and soup.
Stay healthy my friends!
Did I forget anything that you need to add to your March budget? Comment below!
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