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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Setting Financial Priorities: A Framework for Financial Success

It’s easy to make managing money more complicated than it needs to be. That’s because money isn’t just an objective “means of exchange” as the dictionary defines it. Money is wrapped up in our emotions – our hopes, dreams, and fears. And our use of it is strongly influenced by the many messages of our […]

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Profitable Ideas: Automated Retirement Plan Watch-Outs, The Liberation of Limits, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. 5 ways to get the most from your employer’s automated retirement plan (Wise Bread). Don’t automatically assume that the default settings are best. Why surge prices make us so mad: What Springsteen, Home Depot, and a Nobel winner know (The […]

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The Power of Clarity

Are you trying to make a positive change in your finances or some other area of your life? How clear are you about the change you’re trying to make? As Chip and Dan Heath researched Switch, their helpful book about what it takes to truly change something about our lives, they discovered several surprises. This […]

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Profitable Ideas: A Credit Freeze is a Worthwhile Hassle, An Easy Way to Slash Your Grocery Bill, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. I’ve frozen my credit for 10 years. It’s a hassle but worth it. (Wall Street Journal via Morningstar). A small price for peace of mind. Worthy of a read for all who are considering a credit freeze in […]

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Profitable Ideas: Making Good Money Habits Last, Career Lessons From ‘Hidden Figures,’ and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. 5 mental tricks to make a good money habit really last (Forbes). How to set yourself up for success. Working ‘til you die is a lousy financial plan (Time). As I like to say, plan vocationally, emotionally, and […]

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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, 54% have less than $100,000 saved for retirement. No amount of finger-wagging lectures seems to move the savings needle. The […]

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