April 2023 Financial Checklist
A pinch and a punch for the first day of the month – April has arrived! With school holidays, Easter, ANZAC Day and more – it’ll be a busy month, that’s for sure!
And we’ve got just the thing to get you through. Your April 2023 Financial Checklist awaits:
1. Do Easter (& the Easter Show) on a budget
Easter’s almost here! (I swear it was just Christmas?!). Like most holidays, Easter can wind up being quite expensive.
Not only is there the cost of buying Easter eggs and cooking up a storm for friends and family – but there’s the Easter Show and the need to keep the kids preoccupied all school holidays.
Here are some helpful tips to keeping costs down:
- Doing Easter on the cheap: You’ll defs want to read our guide for loads of practical tips and tricks on celebrating Easter on a budget.
- Easter Show deals: As for the Easter Show – here’s a rundown on all the Cheapest Easter Show showbags & ticket deals of 2023!
2. Maximise your leave for nearly a month off work
Between ANZAC day and the Easter long weekend, April’s set to be chock-a-block full (of chocolate blocks - hehe!) and public holidays.
So if you play your cards right, you could score a whopping 19 days off with only 10 days of leave. Here’s how to maximise your leave in April:
This year, the Easter long weekend is from Friday the 7th of April 2023 to Monday the 10th) – so you’ll only need to take 4 days of annual leave (Tuesday the 11th to Friday the 14th) to score 8 days off.
Then if you take Monday the 17th to Monday the 24th off, this brings you to ANZAC Day (which is on the 25th of April) – giving you a 19-day no-work streak!
Heck, if you really want to stretch it out, you could always chuck on the 3 days following ANZAC day (Wednesday the 26th to Friday the 28th) for 25 days out of the office. Thank us later!
- Check out our guide on when to take leave this year to maximise your time off.
3. Quit foolin’ around with your finances
Not to get all doom and gloom – but we’re currently living in a cost-of-living crisis – #CossieLiviTings. So, if there was ever a time to get your budget and expenses up to scratch, it’s now.
In the spirit of April Fool’s Day, let's all vow not to fool around with our finances any longer! Take some time to review all your current expenses – credit card debt, bills, home loan, subscriptions – you get the picture.
Then use our free comparison tools (for each product) and financial calculators to see if you can get a better deal elsewhere. Here are some of our handy comparison tools below:
4. Practice patience this Aries season
Happy Birthday, Aries! As a fire sign, you like things to happen fast – and your finances are no exception. This year, however, the planets are urging you to practice patience.
Our mystical Mozo Magic 8-ball predicts that 2023 could bring many opportunities to help plump up your bank account, Aries – just not in the blink of an eye.
Depending on your current financial situation, it might be a good time to look at longer-term investments, like an investment property or a term deposit, where you’ll need to be patient and wait to reap the rewards.
In terms of how this might apply to your career, you might want to take some time to focus on networking. Or, start the conversation with your boss about what the next step for you might be – then start working towards that. Patience is a virtue!
5. What to stream in April 2023
With so many public holidays this month, there’s lots of extra time to catch up on TV. Here’s what’s new on streaming in April 2023:
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That’s another Financial Checklist done and dusted, folks. Same time and place next month for your May 2023 Financial Checklist. For now, go check out our life & money hub!