Spring has sprung! April is the season of spring cleaning, Easter/Passover, Earth Day and…taxes. Dun Dun Dun! Hopefully you’ve filed before April 15 and basking in your amazing tax return. But this month, we are going to focus on creating a financially and environmentally sustainable home.
Organize Your Financials
Tax season is over, PHEW! Now is the time to really take a look at the space where all your files reside. Go through them keeping in mind the mantra: Keep. Toss. To-do. Combat identity theft by shredding the documents you no longer need rather than just throwing them away. For a complete list of items to keep/shred, click here.
Spring Clean Your Home
Set a deadline to make your home clean, organized and refreshed for spring. Start using non-toxic cleaning supplies or make your own. Not only are homemade cleaning products environmentally friendly, but they are nicer to your wallet. Check out our Pinterest for all sort of home cleaning ideas.
Warm weather means an increase in donations to local nonprofits. As you go through your closets, garages, and pantries, set aside items for the local Goodwill or food pantry. If you want to step up your game, try giving money or donating your time to a local charity. You’ll feel great, and you can write it off on next year’s taxes (keep your receipts and mileage!).
Get Outside and Dirty
Celebrate Earth day on April 22 by demonstrating a greener lifestyle. Planting a garden can be therapeutic as well as yield a bountiful produce profit. A well-maintained landscaped yard can increase your home’s value by 11% and properly planted trees can reduce air conditioning costs by 25% in the summer. Point is, get outside and enjoy the fact that winter is over!
Open a Kids Savings Account
April is National Credit Union Youth Month where we’ll be providing money-managing education to kids 12 and younger with giveaways and contests to boot! It is never too early for kids to learn financial independence, especially when there are fun prizes involved. See a Member Services Consultant about opening a Kids Account today!