Well it’s official, summer’s over. And as someone addicted to the beach and sunshine, believe me when I say writing that hurt more than the sunburn I got back in December. But that’s not to say that autumn sucks, because there’s actually plenty to get excited about over the coming months. So let’s not waste any time and kickstart this month’s financial checklist.
Start preparing your home for Autumn
I don’t know about you, but the second I feel a chill in the air I’m ready to bust out the fluffy robe. But your wardrobe isn’t the only thing that needs updating once the weather changes – get your home ready for Autumn by trimming any trees or bushes blocking the sun, cleaning out the gutters, changing your sheets to warmer bedding or buying waterproof fabrics or pillows for outdoor furniture.
Get involved for International Women’s Day (IWD)
Held on the 8th of March, International Women’s Day celebrates the movement for women’s rights and gender parity. So why not use this day as inspiration to ditch the stereotype that women are the more submissive gender by negotiating something big, like your home loan.
And before you come up with any excuses as to why it won’t get you anywhere, recent Mozo research found that big banks were willing to offer customers discounts of up to 0.82%, all because they asked for it.
Stash away your pot of gold
Another event to add to your calendar is St Patrick’s Day, which takes places on the 17th of March and celebrates Irish culture. While it’s not a public holiday in Australia, it’s still considered to be a pretty big event amongst Aussies. And if you consider yourself to be a bit of a leprechaun sitting on a pot of gold, why not stash it in a savings account this month.
And if you find yourself feeling unlucky in your search, Mozo have just released their 2018 Experts Choice Awards featuring some of the best savings accounts around!
Switch of all month long
On the 24th of March, one in four Aussie households will take part in Earth Hour and switch off their lights for one hour. But who says that conserving energy should be dedicated to just one day? If you’re thinking of joining in on the fun this year, take up the challenge with your family to switch off for an hour or two everyday this month. It could even help you save a few bucks on your energy bill.
Try and DIY for Easter
Even though Easter isn’t until April, there’s no shame in getting into the spirit now – every supermarket that sells chocolate already is. If it’s your turn to host Easter lunch and you’re on a budget, you can still treat your guests to a fun-filled meal with some simple DIY tricks.
For example, give your napkins some flair with some gold and a pencil. All you need to do is dip the rubber end of your pencil into the paint and press it onto the napkin, creating a polka dot pattern. Another trick is to make your own speckled eggs by dipping a toothbrush into brown dye and flicking the bristles onto boiled eggs.
Get Easter travel ready
But if you’re planning on spending your Easter abroad this year, then you may need to pick up a little more than just chocolate bunnies this month. It’s important to shop around for travel insurance now as it could mean the difference between saving $4,000! It’s also a good idea to thoroughly compare medical cover as well as your excess. And if you feel like you’ve forgotten something, we’ve already got an Easter checklist to keep you on top of things.
In need of more money-savvy tips to kickstart your March? Then make our Life and Money hub your next stop!