1. Re-evaluate your budget
Have summer plans and entertainment been unkind to your budget? Could cutting back in any categories and reallocating resources get you back on the wagon? Answering these questions now and reviewing your budget will help to ensure that you stay on track to meet your financial goals through the year. Using free online programs like uni$ource could make this process less painful. >> Read Budgeting Basics for Good Fortunes
2. Plan & Book Thanksgiving Travel
When it comes to holiday travel, timing is key. If you will be flying this year, purchasing your flight for Thanksgiving in September can save you about $140 on average. For more stress free holiday advice, Hipmunk recommends departing on Monday and returning Friday to avoid the crowds.
3. Create a Holiday Gift Budget
The holidays will be here before you know it! Revisit your budget and make sure your financial planning includes a holiday target amount. Direct deposit money from your paycheck into a Holiday Savings Account so you don’t spend it before your presents are accounted for! >> Read 11 Ways to Make Extra Holiday Cash
4. Put Away Summer Clothes & Organize Closets
Now is the time to start thinking about that fall wardrobe. Start packing up your family’s summer items and storing them for winter. OR for extra cash, consider taking clothing that your kids will have grown out of by next summer to a resale shop for extra holiday spending.
5. Check out the Fall Festivals
September usually brings communities together in the form of live entertainment, delicious local food vendors and parades celebrating your town. It’s a great opportunity to meet up with neighbors and take the family outside before the weather turns cold. See Brentwood Maddenfest, Kirkwood Greentree Festival, and O’Fallon Fall Fest for upcoming events in our area!