In this week’s edition of “What’s Impacting Your Wallet,” we’re sharing the latest financial advice from top media sources, including ways to spruce up your yard on a budget, tax tips for dads and money-saving habits you should adopt ASAP. Here’s what you need to know now.

  • When you’re tempted to buy the latest iPhone, start racking up huge shopping bills or you spend too much on your vacation, it might be time to adopt new money-saving habits. U.S. News and World Report Reporter Kimberly Palmer offers 12 ideas to help you stick to your budget. Her cost-cutting advice includes creating a spending plan, articulating your goals, tracking your spending, building a solid credit history, negotiating prices and resisting retailer advertisements.
  • Now that the rainy weather has (hopefully!) passed here in Colorado, it’s time to start those landscaping projects you’ve been planning for all winter. HomeAdvisor lays out landscaping projects for every budget, from quick yardwork and turnaround projects to big-budget projects, like installing a sprinkler system, that can reinvigorate your curb appeal and add value to your home.
  • How's the view from up there?Just in time for Father’s Day, Huffington Post Reporter Mark Steber has some useful tax tips for dads with kids in all stages of life, from newborns to college graduates*. For example, did you know all of those out-of-pocket expenses for prenatal doctor visits as well as the hospital costs for mom and baby qualify as deductible medical expenses? And dads with grads should know that you can claim a credit for your dependent child who is in college. Happy Father’s Day!

*All tax information provided in this blog post is intended as a convenient source of information. This information is general in nature, is not complete, and may not apply to your specific situation. Please consult with your own tax advisor regarding your specific tax needs.

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