Using this calendar to schedule budget reviews, progress, prepping chores etc. is not just smart - but essential. I have listed out some of the major things to attend to in their respective time periods. A separate calendar with these milestones and other tasks can be very handy. iCal, Mozilla Lightning, and Google Calendar all give you the ability to add "event calendars" to your views and sync them with your local devices and remote accounts, place these milestones there and you can see them with your daily life.

January

  • Financial
    • Take a breather from the holiday expenses.
    • Check your insurance policies for cheaper alternatives: homeowners, renters, life, auto, property.
  • Food and Farm
    • Inventory and rotate your stored preserves (older items to the front and labeled for use before expiration)
    • Harvest winter plants
    • Prune fruit trees
    • Design the garden (or revise last years) and order seeds

February

  • Financial
    • Add 1% to your 401K contributions.
    • Get those taxes done by EOM for review.
  • Food and Farm
    • Check growing dates and start seeds inside
    • Consider solar options

March

  • Financial
    • Get your taxes submitted.
    • Inventory your home/contents.
    • Pictures/video and receipts for all big ticket items.
    • Make sure each big ticket item is listed with your insurance policy.
  • Food and Farm
    • Prep for Tornadoes if relevant
    • Prep for fishing season
    • Schedule livestock spring shots
    • Till the garden
    • Set out rain barrels

April

  • Financial
    • Book your summer travel
    • Biggest discounts come at 7 weeks out.
    • Check health of mechanical preparations before summer heat sets in
  • Food and Farm
    • Collect compost
    • Plant Crops
    • Prep for baby chicks
    • Prep bee hives
    • Buy piglets

May

  • Financial
    • Credit score/report review.
    • If there is ANYTHING wrong, you can contest it.
    • Each of the three reporting bureaus have a published contestation policy in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Read it and understand it. Although it is the law, keep in mind, a federal lawsuit may be needed to garner action from the bureaus. Document EVERYTHING, garner verifications from the creditor stating it is an error also.
  • Food and Farm
    • Prep for babies
    • Check garden for insects
    • Build your tomato cages (just say no to squirrels and rabbits)

June

  • Financial
    • Budget, expenses and goals review time. Adjust your behavior and bills accordingly.
    • Inventory and rotate your stored preserves (older items to the front and labeled for use before expiration)
  • Food and Farm
    • Check the chick egg incubator
    • Hurricane prep if relevant

July

  • Financial
    • Review dividends output and adjust if necessary
  • Food and Farm
    • Prune fruit trees
    • Pick berries
    • Empty rain barrels

August

  • Financial
    • Educational savings month.
    • Create or expand your state officiated 509 and/or Coverdale accounts. (Each has a $2000/yr tax free contribution amount.)
  • Food and Farm
    • Can your tomatoes
    • Guard against wildfires (if relevant)

September

  • Financial
    • Book your holiday travel (7 weeks out)
    • Check health of mechanical preparations before winter sets in
  • Food and Farm
    • Prep for hunting season
    • Begin collecting firewood (or buy 1.5 times more than you think you need)
    • Can and Jar remain fruit and veggies
    • Build your root cellar if you don't have one
    • Plant fruit bushes

October

  • Financial
    • Book your holiday travel (7 weeks out)
    • Check health of mechanical preparations before winter sets in
  • Food and Farm
    • Harvest autumn and winter crops
    • Situate the root cellar

November

  • Financial
    • Shop for the Holidays
    • Apply for financial aid - the early bird gets the grant.
  • Food and Farm
    • Prepare to overwinter the garden
    • Bring outdoor activities inside
    • Mulch the leaves
    • Watch for winter ammo sales
    • Stratify seeds for March planting

December

  • Financial
    • Budget, expenses and goals review time. Adjust your behavior and bills accordingly.
  • Food and Farm
    • Preserve meat for winter
    • Check/upgrade your insulation (off season)
    • Seal leaks in your home
    • Order fruit trees