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Key dates to add to your 2024 financial calendar

Twelve easy to-dos (and a few bonus reminders) can help you create a list of in-reach financial accomplishments for the coming year.

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A few tasks—from boosting savings to organizing paperwork—added to your calendar throughout the year can help make a real difference in meeting your financial plans.

Here's a one-sheet to print or save to your desktop (PDF).

January: Set your financial goal(s).

To do: Establish two financial goals that are doable, either for the whole year or each month. (One could be: Start an emergency fund with $100. Another could be: Pay off one credit card by year’s end.)

To pay: Make 2023 fourth quarter estimated tax payments by January 15 if you’re self-employed or underpaying based on your income.

February: Organize your tax documents.

To do: Gather W-2s, interest and dividend statements, and other tax documents as soon as you receive them (usually the first week of the month).

Bonus:Sign up to file your tax returns electronically—that speeds up the process, too.

March: Plan for any refunds.

To do: Select a date in March to allocate tax refunds, bonuses, or pay increases you might get. 

Medicare reminder: For Medicare enrollees, March 31 is the last day to apply for Parts A and B for coverage beginning in July.

April: Pay your taxes.

To do: File your individual tax return by April 15. Use IRS Form 4868 if you’ll need an extension but note there may be penalties if you have taxes due.

Bonus: April 15 is the last day to make 2023 IRA contributions. Could you contribute more to reap tax benefits? Log in to your account and see.

May: Manage your debt.

To do: Use this month to figure out your debt load. Detail how much you owe—then calculate your debt-to-income ratio, including all your monthly debt payments. Aim for that ratio to be 36% or less.

To save: Have any big-ticket events or activities in the coming months, like summer vacations or weddings? Plan accordingly by reviewing and adjusting your budget.

June: Prep for college bills.

To do: June 30 is the final date to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for the 2024–2025 school year. (Though the earlier you apply the better.) The FAFSA helps determine your child’s eligibility for financial aid. In addition, if you have a college-age child, add their school’s tuition due date to your calendar.

To pay: Make second quarter estimated tax payments by June 15 if you’re self-employed or underpaying based on your income.

July: Boost your budget IQ.

To do: Midyear is a great time to review your budget. Are you hitting spending and saving targets, and if not, how can you adjust before year’s end?

Bonus: Can you fit in extra contributions to an employer-sponsored retirement account—401(k) or 401(b)—or an individual retirement account?

August: Check in on your credit score.

To do: Set a calendar reminder to review your credit score using one of the three free credit check services: Experian, Equifax, or TransUnion. Then, learn what goes into a credit score and how you can improve yours.

To pay: Streamline your financial to-dos by setting up auto pay on at least one bill.

September: Review your benefits.

To do: Enrollment period for employer benefits typically starts in the fall and lasts four to six weeks. Set a reminder to review your health election, 401(k) or 403(b), and other employee benefits such as life and disability insurance.

To pay: Make third quarter estimated tax payments by September 15 if you’re self-employed or underpaying based on your income.

October: Get ahead on college costs.

To do: Review your options for saving for college—for you, your kids, or perhaps grandkids or relatives. A 529 account, for example, may have state tax benefits, while a Roth IRA can be used for qualified education expenses.

To pay: Did you file for an extension on your taxes? If so, October 15 is your deadline.

November: Add to emergency funds.

To do: The goal of an emergency fund is three to six months of expenses, which can seem overwhelming. The trick? Starting a little at a time—even $25 a month—and automating it. If you have emergency savings, can you add to them? 

Health insurance reminder: November 1 is the opening day of the federal health insurance marketplace enrollment for 2025 coverage.

December: Plan for next year’s health costs.

To do: Enroll or change plans for 2025 federal health coverage by December 15.

To take: The government requires retirees older than 73 to take required minimum distribution (RMDs) annually from retirement accounts by December 31 or the following April 1 for their first RMD, depending on when you turn 73.

What’s next?

Monthly, doable goals are great to build a financial foundation. One you can do at any time? Log in to to check your savings rate. Don’t have an employer-sponsored retirement account or want to save even more? We can help you set up your retirement savings with an individual retirement account (IRA). Ready to learn more ways you can build your financial foundation? Our learning library can help.