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: The Top Skill of the Future, Subtle Signs of ID Theft, and More

Weekly list of curated personal finance articles from around the web. The most important skill of the future is being ‘indistractable’ (Nir and Far). It’ll help in our careers and in every important relationship. Seinfeld on when money became everything (A Wealth of Common Sense). A lot longer ago, Jesus identified money as His chief […]

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‘We Actually CAN Afford It!’

Sheila has long been an expert at living beneath her means. Even when she was making a relatively low salary and living in an expensive city, she never worried about not having enough. She always had money in the bank. Because she grew up as one of five kids with a stay-at-home mom and schoolteacher […]

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Profitable Ideas: Money-Saving Habits, Overcoming Your Fear of Investing, and More

Weekly list of curated personal finance articles from around the web. 10 little shopping habits to help you save money (No Sidebar). I especially like the sixth suggestion. Why you’re scared of investing (and how to overcome it) (Darius Foroux). To be sure, investing can bring fear. Here are some steps to help keep it […]

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Profitable Ideas: Money Regrets, The Comparison Game, and More

Weekly list of curated personal finance articles from around the web. 80% of Americans say they have financial regrets—here are the most common ones (Money). Learning from other people’s mistakes can yield priceless lessons. Teen’s financial literacy bus teaches kids about money (Good Morning America). Very cool that he’s not just putting the lessons to […]

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Profitable Ideas: Cultivating Gratitude, The Care and Feeding of a Budgeting Brain, and More

Weekly list of curated personal finance articles from around the web. How to teach your children gratitude (The White Coat Investor). Cultivating within them the habit of gratitude will serve our kids well. When consumers prefer simple packaging—and when they don’t (Wall Street Journal). Yet another interesting look at the science of marketing. ‘Reduce some […]

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Profitable Ideas: Why We Buy, Virtual Credit Cards, and More

Weekly list of curated personal finance articles from around the web. Why we buy: the role of comparison in our spending choices (Becoming Minimalist). “Social indifference” is a good goal — actively not caring how other people are spending money (I didn’t say it would be easy!). Virtual credit cards: what are they and should […]

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Profitable Ideas: More Money in Your Paycheck, Uncommon Advice on Choosing a College, and More

Weekly list of curated personal finance articles from around the web. You may see more money in your paycheck this month. Here’s why (CNN). Revised tax brackets may mean you’ll owe Uncle Sam a bit less. Cell phones in school: a conversation starter (Screenagers). This site is worth following for help managing screen time in […]

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