Alright, now that Christmas is done, you’re probably ready to call it a year, and try to catch your breath as you wait for 2012 to roll around. I understand the feeling; it’s been a pretty long year, after all, and this week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is one of the best chances that most of us have to relax, refresh, and regain our sanity (those of us who had any of that to begin with, anyway). Yes, it is a nice time of year.
Unfortunately, though, there are some things that you need to do before the end of the year to ensure that your finances will be in good shape for the start of the next year. Here are some of the actions to perform this week to whip your accounts into shape for 2012:
-Make Last Minute Charitable Contributions: While I imagine most people have been giving throughout the year to assorted charities, we are getting down to the wire for contributions that you can deduct on your 2012 taxes. (Assuming you opt for itemizing your deductions, at least.) Add in the whole charitable season of love and brotherhood, and now is as good a time as any to make a donation.