The Most Important Money Dates For the Rest of 2017


While tax day happened months ago, there are a number of other key financial dates still to come in 2017. From healthcare and tax deadlines to important holiday shopping (and shipping) dates, now’s a good time to mark your calendar so you don’t miss out.

Related: The Answer to Your 'I Don't Have Money for the Holidays' Problem

Fall: Open Enrollment at Work Begins

Every company is different, but fall is typically when open enrollment begins for work-sponsored health insurance and other benefits programs. Check your employee handbook or email HR if you’re unsure of the exact window so you don’t miss the opportunity to reevaluate your coverage for 2018.

October 16: Deadline to File Your 2016 Income Tax Return

If you filed an extension back in April, this is the last day you can file your 2016 income tax return. One exception: If you live in an area affected by the recent hurricanes, the IRS is offering additional time to file 2016 returns and even to submit quarterly tax payments.

November 1: Federal Open Enrollment Begins

If you purchase insurance through the federal exchange, this day marks the start of the 2018 open enrollment period, which wraps on December 15. Insurance plans rarely stay exactly the same from year to year, so make sure to do your homework.

November 24: Black Friday

The day after Thanksgiving remains one of the most-recognized days for scoring deals on big-ticket items like televisions and appliances, as well as popular toys. Apple products, XBox One X, Amazon devices and Google Home and Mini are expected to be big sellers.

November 25: Small Business Saturday

To highlight mom-and-pop stores during the holiday season, American Express launched Small Business Saturday in 2010. Now it’s a seasonal staple—in 2016, independent retailers and restaurants collectively raked in $15.4 billion, while Amex offered double points to cardholders who made purchases at independent retailers.

November 27: Cyber Money

Known as the biggest online shopping day of the year, Cyber Monday is the Internet's version of Black Friday. But the holiday isn’t just for gifts and other retail purchases. Last year, Travelocity slashed a big selection of hotel bookings by 50 percent and offered an additional 17 percent off for orders over $300.

Related: 6 Free Apps and Tools That Make Saving Effortless

November 28: Giving Tuesday

If you need a break from the retail bonanza, you can look forward to Giving Tuesday. Now in its sixth year, this day kicks off the charitable season, and is all about donating to worthy causes instead of buying gifts or scoring deals.

December 11: Green Money

Often called “Cyber Monday 2,” Green Monday is the second biggest day for online holiday shopping. In 2016, retailers offered deep discounts on must-have gifts—Target offered Beats headphones at 50 percent off, for example—so it’s worth researching what hot items may be on sale before making your purchases.

Also notable: This is the last date to mail packages that’ll arrive by Christmas using FedEx SmartPost shipments. Check out this handy guide for a detailed rundown of USPS, UPS, FedEx and other shipping companies' deadlines.

December 15: Free Shipping Day

As you can probably guess, on Free Shipping Day, retailers offer just that—free shipping—for anyone who still needs to get gifts. Check out the full list of stores big and small that participate, including 1-800-Flowers, BabiesRUs and Sur La Table.

December 23: Super Saturday

Super Saturday, which typically falls on the Saturday before Christmas, is the final push for retailers trying to keep people shopping right up until the last minute. You could find some enticing deals that just may be worth the wait. Last year, 66 percent of shoppers (155 million people) said they planned to shop on this day, giving retailers major incentive to lower prices to beat out the competition.

acorns+cnbcacorns cnbc

Join Acorns


About Us

Learn More

Follow Us

All investments involve risk, including loss of principal. The contents presented herein are provided for general investment education and informational purposes only and do not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy any specific securities or engage in any particular investment strategy. Acorns is not engaged in rendering any tax, legal, or accounting advice. Please consult with a qualified professional for this type of advice.

Any references to past performance, regarding financial markets or otherwise, do not indicate or guarantee future results. Forward-looking statements, including without limitations investment outcomes and projections, are hypothetical and educational in nature. The results of any hypothetical projections can and may differ from actual investment results had the strategies been deployed in actual securities accounts. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

Advisory services offered by Acorns Advisers, LLC (“Acorns Advisers”), an investment adviser registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Brokerage and custody services are provided to clients of Acorns Advisers by Acorns Securities, LLC (“Acorns Securities”), a broker-dealer registered with the SEC and a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (“SIPC”). Acorns Pay, LLC (“Acorns Pay”) manages Acorns’s demand deposit and other banking products in partnership with Lincoln Savings Bank, a bank chartered under the laws of Iowa and member FDIC. Acorns Advisers, Acorns Securities, and Acorns Pay are subsidiaries of Acorns Grow Incorporated (collectively “Acorns”). “Acorns,” the Acorns logo and “Invest the Change” are registered trademarks of Acorns Grow Incorporated. Copyright © 2021 Acorns and/or its affiliates.

NBCUniversal and Comcast Ventures are investors in Acorns Grow Incorporated.