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, 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


A Simple Step Toward a Solid Financial Future

An endless number of studies have documented people’s general lack of financial preparedness for their later years. As just one example, the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) says that among workers age 55 and older, 44% have less than $250,000 saved for retirement (25% have less than $50,000). No amount of finger-wagging lectures seems to […]

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Profitable Ideas: Other Forms of Wealth, When Saving Becomes Hoarding, and More

Weekly list of curated personal finance articles from around the web. The five types of wealth (The Knowledge Toolkit). Some healthy new ways of thinking about what’s valuable. What is Service Line Insurance and Do I Need It? (Clark Howard). You probably get lots of pitches for this. Here’s one personal finance expert’s take on […]

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Profitable Ideas: This is Your Brain on Stuff, The End of Credit Cards, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. Everything you can’t have (Collaborative Fund). “Your brain doesn’t want stuff. It doesn’t even want new stuff. It wants to engage in the process and anticipation of getting new stuff.” The vehicles we choose to drive (Becoming Minimalist). Come for the Harvey Mackay quote, then stick […]

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To Go Big, Think Small

Goal setting is all the rage this time of year. Unfortunately, so is bashing the practice. Some have become tired of the whole New Year’s resolutions routine. It seems trite to them, unproductive. It’s cool to be anti-goal. I’m okay with being uncool. I love the start of a new year. It always feels like […]

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