3 Paycheck Months in 2023

Here Are the 3 Paycheck Months for 2023

If you get paid every other week, I bet you’re looking forward to your three paycheck months in 2023.

For most of my career as a salaried employee, I was paid biweekly and received 26 paychecks a year. That’s two more paychecks than everyone who gets paid twice a month.

Here’s the simple math:

  • Biweekly: 52 weeks ÷ 2 = 26 paychecks
  • Twice a month: 12 months × 2 = 24 paychecks

3 Paycheck Months in 2023 if You’re Paid Every Other Friday

Every year, I would pull out a calendar to figure out the three paycheck months based on my employer’s pay schedule.

Although I’m no longer paid biweekly, I’ve continued this tradition for the past few years to help my readers plan for their “extra” paychecks.

Here are the three paycheck months that I’ve identified for 2023:

  • If your first paycheck of 2023 is Friday, January 6, your three paycheck months are March and September.
  • If your first paycheck of 2023 is Friday, January 13, your three paycheck months are June and December.
3 paycheck months for 2023 if first payday is Friday, January 6
3 paycheck months for 2023 if first payday is Friday, January 13

List of Every Friday Biweekly Payday in 2023

First Paycheck of 2023: Friday, January 6

  1. January 6
  2. January 20
  3. February 3
  4. February 17
  5. March 3
  6. March 17
  7. March 31
  8. April 14
  9. April 28
  10. May 12
  11. May 26
  12. June 9
  13. June 23
  14. July 7
  15. July 21
  16. August 4
  17. August 18
  18. September 1
  19. September 15
  20. September 29
  21. October 13
  22. October 27
  23. November 10
  24. November 24
  25. December 8
  26. December 22

First Paycheck of 2023: Friday, January 13

  1. January 13
  2. January 27
  3. February 10
  4. February 24
  5. March 10
  6. March 24
  7. April 7
  8. April 21
  9. May 5
  10. May 19
  11. June 2
  12. June 16
  13. June 30
  14. July 14
  15. July 28
  16. August 11
  17. August 25
  18. September 8
  19. September 22
  20. October 6
  21. October 20
  22. November 3
  23. November 17
  24. December 1
  25. December 15
  26. December 29

Please note: The example shown above is only for employees who are paid every other Friday.

If you’re paid biweekly but not on Fridays, identify your three paycheck months for 2023 by pulling out a calendar, marking your paydays and finding the months with three of them.

And if a holiday falls on your payday, your employer will probably pay you the day before.

Make a Plan for Your Third Paychecks

If you determine your three paycheck months well in advance, go ahead and make a plan for how you’ll spend the money.

To simplify the budgeting process, I recommended that people who are paid biweekly build their monthly budget based on receiving two paychecks a month and not a dollar more.

Then, during the months when you receive three paychecks instead of two, treat the money as a bonus!

Need some ideas for how you’ll save, invest or spend your third paychecks? Here are a few ways that I’ve taken advantage of three paycheck months in the past:

  • Pay down mortgage principal
  • Pay a semi-annual bill like auto insurance
  • Fund a home improvement project
  • Build up the emergency fund
  • Invest in a Roth IRA
  • Save money for Christmas or birthday presents
  • Book a weekend getaway
  • Donate to charity

Do you have a plan for your three paycheck months in 2023? Let me know in the comments below and see this step-by-step guide to learn about my personal budgeting strategy.


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