Spring forward with smart finances

May brings warmer weather and, hopefully, a chance to get out and enjoy yourself! But even on a fixed income, unexpected expenses can put a damper on those plans.


Here are a few tips to keep your spring finances blooming now and all year round:

·       Track your spending: Awareness is key! Tracking your income and expenses for a month can be a helpful exercise that allows you to see where your money goes. There are many free budgeting apps that can help, or even a simple notebook can do the trick.

·       Renegotiate and reassess: Review your bills for cable, internet, phone, and even insurance. Can you bundle services or negotiate a lower rate? Don't be afraid to shop around for better deals.

·       Embrace free and low-cost activities: Parks, libraries, and community centers often host free events and activities. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the outdoors!

·       Leverage seniors discounts: Many businesses offer discounts for seniors. Ask about them when you are shopping or booking travel and benefit from the savings.


Remember, financial planning is an ongoing process. Regularly review your budget and adjust as needed. Many resources are also available to help you, including the ones found here on the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal, those at your local senior centers and through financial professionals such as financial advisors.

By taking charge of your finances, you can embrace the joys of spring with peace of mind!

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