Spring is a time of renewal. Typically, people use it as an opportunity to deep clean their closets, desks and homes. There is no better time to break free from your winter-long comfort zone and start tidying up all aspects of your life. But beyond tending to your physical possessions, it’s also an opportunity to spring-clean some intangibles. Apply your newfound vim and vigor to other areas of your life, such as your financial habits, which could probably use some sprucing up after a long winter. Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, because we have put together a list of ways for you to spring-clean your money matters.
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Spring-cleaning your finances will help you manage them better, which sets you up for a more positive outlook overall. That feeling of being in charge and tackling your money head-on will leave you with a sense of power. Who knows, maybe by the summer you’ll be able to afford a much-needed vacation with your influx of coinage.