Archive | Budgeting/Planning

Getting Started With a Budget
Using a budget is one of the smartest money management moves you could make. For guidance on using a paper & pencil system, read the Budget Quick Start Guide and make use of the Cash Flow Plan, Cash Flow Tracker, and Recommended Spending Guidelines, all found in the Resources section. For help using the online tool Mint.com, watch my tutorials here, here, and here. And for help with the Envelope system, read this article.

Remember, “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” – Proverbs 21:5

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Profitable Ideas: Defining “Rich,” Fail-Proofing Your Budget, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. Are you rich? How the wealthy are defined (US News). How would you answer that question? Retailers use psychology to influence your buying decisions, here’s how (World Economic Forum). What percentage of your typical grocery run do you think consists of impulse buys? 5 […]

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The 5 Budget Mistakes I See Most Often and How to Fix Them

I’ve reviewed lots of people’s budgets (or, as I prefer, “cash flow plans”) over the years. No two are exactly the same because people have different incomes, fixed expenses, priorities, and more. That’s to be expected. When it comes to budgeting, there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all. However, there are certain overarching approaches to budgeting […]

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Profitable Ideas: How the Rich Are Different, Playing the Long Game, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. Why rich people avoid consumerism (Darius Foroux). “Most people don’t own income-producing or liquid assets. Most people own products and debt.” Assured misery (Collaborative Fund). What to avoid if you want to be happier—in your use of money, and otherwise. The long […]

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Navigating The Mixed Messages Of Our Consumer Culture

If you’re really paying attention, life can be a very odd experience. Especially when it comes to money. For example, in troubled economic times, front-page newspaper stories regularly quote economists expressing concern that the personal savings rate is going up. I still vividly remember reading one such story during a recession. I had to blink […]

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How’s Your Financial Health?

There’s a new report out that says a growing but still small number of Americans are financially healthy. Working with researchers at the University of Southern California, the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) administers an annual eight-question survey among a representative sample of U.S. adults, leading to what it calls the U.S. Financial Health […]

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What Matters More — Your Spending Rate or Your Saving Rate?

Those of us who write about money for a living can get a little carried away by some of the nitty-gritty details. That seemed to be the case in a surprisingly impassioned debate that sprang up recently over what a person’s higher priority should be—controlling spending or controlling saving. At first, it seemed kind of […]

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