6 Expenses You’re Probably Forgetting in Your April Budget
We’re well into spring, and boy am I glad!
We had quite the rough winter here in St. Louis, and I’ll take the warm rain any day over ice and snow.
With the warmer weather, though, comes new budget concerns – and I’ll be you’re leaving at least one of these seasonal expenses out of the April Budget you’re planning for. We have been using EveryDollar for 1 year now to plan to stick to our budget, and although we still fail occasionally, we have really fallen in love with using this platform.
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Ready to double check your April budget? Let’s get started….Garden Preparation
Planting and mulching in your landscaping, as well as purchasing soil, seeds, plants, and even raised beds for planting. Even though the idea behind starting a garden is a wonderful way to save money and grow more healthful fruits and veggies, the investment to start that garden can come with a shocking price tag. Make a trip to the home and garden store, plan out your purchases, what they will cost, and then get that added to your budget.
For our family, we are still finalizing our plan, but we are looking at about $400 – so just know that it may not be cheap.
Arguably a larger, more expensive holiday for families than St Patrick’s Day and Mardi Gras (although it totally depends on personal preference) Easter can post a huge expense for families – especially if you have children.
This holiday always seems to move, and is on April 1st this year – but you should still include a budget for it in your March budget because you’ll want to purchase candy, eggs, presents, decorations, and even food for Easter dinner during March.
It is important when dealing with a holiday like Easter to be vigilant about not only setting a realistic budget – not too large and not too small – and then sticking to it! Easter can be so much fun, but blowing your budget never is!
Oh, and I have a delicious, 3-Ingreident Peach Cobbler recipe up if you’re looking for a an easy, crowd-pleasing recipe to take to Easter Dinner!
If you’re reading this, you probably love a good deal, so plan now to make room in your budget for garage sales.
To prepare, it is a good idea to take an invntory of your clothes as well as your kids clothes to see what they need, and what sizes that will need soon. Plan for how many pieces each child will need – and you can do the same for yourself too!
If you’re not much for garage sales, store sales will start soon on spring and summer clothes, so take an inventory of your warm weather clothing for yourself and family, and then plan to shop the sales to fill in those gaps in your wardrobe.
This is also the time to take stock of what you have in your colder weather clothing so you can snag any items you need when they go on clearance!
It’s not time for summer vacation yet, but since taking a family vacation can be a significant expense, it is a good idea to start a sinking fund to save for that vacation now.
Decide where it is you will be going, the dates of your travel, and how much it will cost. Then, divide the total cost by the number of paychecks you will receive between now and then to get the amount of money you need to set aside from each paycheck to fund family vacation.
You’ll also want to factor in the cost of summer camp is your kiddos will be going during summer break!
Not taking a summer vacation? Or just planning to go camping occasionally this summer? Camping fees, along with supplies, clothes, and other activities are something you should plan for now and put into your budget.
Oh, and be sure to check out our TRAVELS page for camping inspo!
Starting to think about spring and summer in your budget can be challenging after you’ve weathered those cold weather expenses, but don’t neglect your budget!
What other expenses will you add to your April budget?
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