10 Things to Do Before December 31st

Take a look at our list of things to do to get a jump on 2014.

1) Grab some tax deductions.  Clean out your closets and garage with an eye for things that can be donated, clothes, toys, outdated electronics.

2) Check your FSA (Flexible Spending Accounts) for any monies remaining that must be spent by December 31st.

3) Make year end appointments now with doctors and dentists so that you can charge any eligible expenses to 2013 and get a head start on preparations for 2014.

4) Get your 2014 calendar and list important school dates such as holidays, vacations, teacher in service days and early dismissals.

5) If you have a high school senior that is college bound, then begin preparing your tax information so that you can  file for financial aid beginning January 1, 2014.

6) If you have a high school junior then mark your calendars for the deadline to register for the Spring SAT (February 7, 2014 for the March 8, 2014 date), ACT (March 7, 2014 for April 12, 2014 date).

7) If you have a high school sophomore requiring volunteer hours, visit volunteer sites such as VolunteerMatch.org to make connections for volunteer hours for Dr. MLK, Jr.’s Birthday in January and President’s Week in February.

8) Stock up on 60 and 40 watt bulbs if you use them as they will be no longer be manufactured in 2014.

9) Stock your car with re-useable bags as the cost for bags at stores in San Jose will rise to 25 cents each.

10) Order a free credit report from AnnualCreditReport.com for yourself and your children.


Resolve now to have a great 2014.

Any more suggestions?  Let us know at marian [at]@Celebrate-Family.com.

Go to college on someone else’s dime.

Originally Posted on: 12/20/2013
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