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: A Brain Wired for Wealth, Lower the Cost of College, and more.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Is your brain wired for wealth? (Jason Zweig). A long read, but worth the effort for anyone who wants to invest better. 6 ways to lower the cost of college (The White Coat Investor). That ACT/SAT test prep course may be well […]

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Profitable Ideas: Keep Your Kids Safe From ID Theft, 10 Financial Fixes, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. 1 million kids suffer ID theft, so parents beware (CBS Money Watch). Checking to see if your children even have credit reports isn’t easy, but it’s important. Peer-to-peer payments carry risks (Chicago Tribune). With P2P apps, the rules are different, and so […]

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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: Deceptive Discounts, Value-Boosting Renovations, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. With deceptive ‘discounts,’ retailers are manipulating us to spend more. Here are the worst offenders. (Washington Post). Retailers are very good at making us think we got a bargain. Is instinct eroding your financial health? (Morningstar). We all play the comparison game, […]

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Profitable Ideas: Turning a Hobby Into a Moneymaker, Avoiding a Tax Refund Scam, and More

A weekly roundup of helpful personal finance articles. A beginner’s guide to monetizing a hobby (Magnify Money). Turning what you do for fun into a moneymaker. The romantic side of budgeting (The White Coat Investor). One of the least appreciated benefits of a budget is how it can foster a sense of financial oneness in marriage. IRS […]

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Profitable Ideas: Proven Paths Out of Debt, Two Incomes Aren’t Always Better Than One, and More

Some of the better articles I found on my last trip through the financial cyberspace. 7 research-proven strategies that can help you finally get out of debt (Magnify Money). These ideas have been put to the test. Tax reform is here: What it means for your taxes (US News). Use the new parameters to estimate your 2018 […]

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