10 Most Commonly Missed Expenses for June
Everyone’s ready for the warm weather—and June will be here before we know it! You can just hear that beach vacation or summer festival calling your name! But first things first: Let’s get your June budget ready, so you can soak up the sun in peace.
Look out for these common expenses when creating your budget this month.
1. Father’s Day: Dads have a big job, and it means a lot to them when you say thanks—whether it’s in the form of power tools or a visit to their favorite pizza joint.
2. Air conditioning: Usually when temps go up, so do your energy costs. Look back at what you paid for air conditioning last year and adjust your monthly budget accordingly.
3. Lawn care: You may want to hire someone to cut your grass or pull weeds this summer, so shop around and compare prices. You can also ask your neighbors if they know of any teenagers who are looking to make extra money. They’ll make some summer cash, and you’ll save money—it’s a win-win!
4. Farmers markets: Few things taste as delicious as locally grown fruits and vegetables from a farmers market. But before you chow down on that fresh summer produce, make sure you’ve made room for it in your food budget.
5. Vacations: Planning a vacation is fun, but you’ll enjoy that getaway a lot more when you know it’s paid for! Create a plan for your trip that includes the cost of food, gas, lodging, attractions, and souvenirs.
6. Summer reading: You and your family may have a summer reading list to begin tackling this month. Set money aside to buy the books on your list, or better yet, see if you can check them out from your local library. Some libraries even offer e-readers preloaded with books so you can have them all in one place!
7. Wedding guest expenses: June is a popular month for people to tie the knot. If someone invites you to their big ceremony, don’t forget to budget for a new outfit, travel expenses, and that gravy boat from their wedding registry.
8. Water activities: You’ll need some way to beat the heat this summer. You could get a pool membership, visit a nearby water park, or buy a sprinkler and kiddie pool for the yard. Add it to the budget!
9. Physicals: If you have children participating in school sports this fall, June is a good time for your doctor to clear them. Get ready to pay for physicals before the children suit up to play.
10. Fourth of July weekend: It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Independence Day is always in the first week of July. That means you could be in for a fun-filled extended weekend! If you want to take a trip, host a cookout, or shoot off fireworks with the kids, save a little in June so you’re ready for the festivities next month.
Making a budget for your hot weather activities doesn’t have to take away from your summer fun. In fact, it should help you have an even better time! Telling your money where to go keeps you from wondering where it went, which makes lounging on the beach or reading a good book a lot easier.