These Hidden Expenses Are Sabotaging Your Finances

Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
The weather's heating up, the days are getting longer and spring is (finally!) in the air. The warm weather often brings with it weddings, vacations, and a host of spring cleaning to-dos. Those spring and summer expenses can really add up. Your best bet is to take time now to assess your budget, and adjust your finances where needed. 

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Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
Whether you're the maid of honor or just a plus one, the cost of attending weddings can add up quickly. Between travel expenses, accommodations, dresses, makeup, and gifts (to name a few!), every wedding is bound to be an affair your wallet will remember. Last year, AMEX estimated that the cost to attend a wedding was nearly $600! To avoid money-induced anxiety on a friend's big day, begin planning for wedding season now. How many weddings will you be attending? Between travel, the perfect outfit, and gifts how much will you realistically spend on each friend tying the knot? And, what small spending changes will you need to make now to cover all these upcoming costs?
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Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
If you're a homeowner, the winter thaw may reveal some major home repair needs. From replacing gutters and repairing a leak to giving windows and walls a fresh washing and painting, these one-time seasonal expenses add up. Put money aside now so that if any of these issues do crop up, your only worry will be getting it fixed, and not how you'll pay for the repair.

Renting? Your space may still need some end-of-winter touch-ups and cleaning that your landlord wouldn't deem necessary, and are therefore your responsibility to cover. Washing windows, putting in screens, cleaning bathrooms, and mopping floors are all great tasks to include in your spring cleaning plans. If you don't have the time (or willpower!) to do the deep clean yourself, check out services like Handy or TaskRabbit where you can schedule a one-time cleaning without breaking the bank.
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Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
It's probably been months since you thought about turning on the air conditioning. Do a quick check early in the spring season to make sure your AC will be ready to go when you want it operating at full force come July. Clearing out the vents can save you on energy costs. And, if you find you need to replace your unit, you should comparison shop now to find the best deal and avoid the early summer rush.
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Can't wait to pack away those heavy coats and sweaters? Remember that winter is hard on your clothes and footwear, so before relegating your winter gear to the back of the closet, treat them to a trip to the dry cleaner or shoe repair shop. These upfront expenses may make you sigh, but you'll save money in the long run. By storing clean, salt-free boots and freshly cleaned coats, you may even avoid the cost of replacement next season.
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Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
As the temperature rises and you and your friends emerge from winter hibernation, outdoor concerts, barbecues, and happy hours pop up. Plan ahead and adjust your monthly budget to accommodate these fun activities with friends, and remember you can always say no if you're hitting your fun budget limit; FOMO should never be a reason to put yourself in the red!
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Is it just us or do we get extra excited about our wardrobe change come spring? It's okay to pick out a couple of fresh items to wear in warmer weather, but along with the desire to shop, you may decide that now's the time to check out some fun new fitness classes — the cost of which can add up. If you're budget-strapped and facing a lot of the aforementioned expenses, consider exercising outdoors.

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