Whoohoo! Spring is now officially less than a week away! That means SPRING BREAK, SPRING CLEANING, and … (boo) TAXES. Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure you are ready to those not-so-great chores out of the way so you can enjoy the best of all things spring!

1. Let’s get those dreaded taxes out of the way!

This year’s a doozy: According to that recent Straight Talk Wireless survey — More than 70% of people say they need their tax refund more than ever this year — to help pay bills and make ends meet. When it comes to using refund money: The need to use it for tech upgrades is second only to debt repayment, according to the poll. 

When it comes to saving bank on tech necessities (tech-cessities?!) and getting more out of money returned from Uncle Sam this year — the company says — to consider a smarter choice without compromise — say pairing a smartphone for less than $100 — like their Galaxy A13 …  with Straight Talk’s $45 – a month – Silver Unlimited plan … that includes talk, text, high-speed data, and 5GB of hotspot data on a reliable network. Seems like good advice for saving all year long!

2. Spring cleaning

Okay – taxes, done; how about spring cleaning? The BISSELL CrossWave HydroSteam (normally $350, currently on sale for $300) is a multi-surface floor cleaner that works in unison: The steam cleaner lifts stains, dirt, and grime — the mop with its brush roll and on-board cleaning fluid wipes and cleans — with a separate tank for dirty water — while the vacuum makes sure no mess gets left behind. It’s kind of a one, two, three punch — cleaning deeper and better on everything from pet hair to the sticky stuff. 

3. Spring break

Now, Let’s switch gears and talk about spring break: One of Jennifer’s top five travel apps is this one from Rosetta Stone: it’s the language app that teaches you useful words and phrases in 25 different languages. It’s practical and immersive — actually teaching you the language — and how to use it — in real-life situations and memorable, bite-sized lessons. One special deal they shared with us here: Through March 22, you can get $120 off a Lifetime Unlimited subscription — that’s huge. ($180 — regularly $300)

4. Spring break savings

To get a great deal on all things travel — start your search at Slickdeals.com/travel. It’s that community of more than 12 million shoppers who vet and vote up the very best deals — now including flights, hotels, cruises, car rentals, tours, and tour packages. I just found $ 44 hundred dollars off a luxury trip to the Maldives — on one end of the spectrum — then Legoland deals on the other. Plus — you can grab all the gadgets, tech tools, and luggage while you’re there. For best results, check back every day for a week —  and be sure to comment @JennJolly on Instagram with how much you’re able to save!

5. Spring training!

Have you seen this water bottle with a magic trick on Jenn’s social media? It’s an awesome new water bottle with a sturdy magnetic mount for your phone or tablet. Jennifer says that it’s great for working out, hands-free for hiking, putting on makeup, all the things. She also says it’s really easy to use, doesn’t wobble when it’s empty, and that it’s even more solid when there’s water in it. You can use your phone in portrait or landscape mode. (Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?!) Great on an airplane too! It’s available now for $59

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