3 ways to clean your money this season

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Nothing calls for a better time to get organized like the spring cleaning season. Rainy weather indicates a good opportunity to spend a relaxing day indoors, tidying up your house or cleaning out your closet.

It also serves as an opportunity to take a closer look at your finances. With winter winds down and vacation expenses paid off, warmer weather forecast and summer cruises in, you’re in the middle of getting your money in order.

Below, personal finance experts think of three ways to clean up your personal finances this season.

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3. Take care of your summer budget

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Barnes adds that vacationers eager for the summer holidays can also experiment with value-based spending next season, using the first month of spring to brainstorm their summer wishes.

“Write these items or experiences on a piece of paper with the approximate costs next to them,” she explains. “In order of priority, include the best out of three experiences in your budget. Do your best to avoid forcing them to fit in. The overall goal of budgeting is to provide a handrail, or financial security, around your money and habits.”


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