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It is only 11:00 am as I’m writing this, but I want to go out. Not just “outside” (although that would be nice, too), but out out. Like to a restaurant patio, or a bustling outdoor bar, or a sun-soaked beach, or a quaint downtown shopping center. That’s what warm weather does to me. A little bit of sun and a 70-degree day does wonders for me, emotionally speaking — financially, however, it tends to be my downfall. When it’s cold outside, I’m likely to burrow under warm blankets and not leave my apartment or spend money on really anything for days on end — which, luckily, is my wallet’s favorite thing for me to do.
Don't neglect your budget this summer. Summer is a minefield for wayward spending. Weddings, vacations, summer camps and bored kids at home are all attempting to separate you from your money. Here's how to approach the summer months in the most budget-friendly way.
For many people, summer offers the chance to enjoy some down-time and focus on the company of family and friends. But at this halfway point in the year, we recommend consumers also take a few moments to tend to their financial well-being. July is a good month to review your finances for the year so far and prepare for the next half.