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


Profitable Ideas: The Motivating Power Of Your Financial Potential, Money Secrets Couples Keep, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. One simple thing you can do to start budgeting today (Wise Bread). How the big picture of your financial potential can motivate you to sweat the details. Pursuing the right goals (A Wealth of Common Sense). What are […]

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To Get to Where You Want to Go, You Have to Face the Facts About Where You Are

You probably have financial goals. Maybe you’ve even turned them into SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound). But have you taken a brutally honest look at your current reality? Learning From Great Businesses In an earlier post, we began exploring lessons from the business classic “Good to Great” and how they could be applied […]

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Profitable Ideas: The Most Powerful Personal Finance Tool, Taking Frugality Too Far, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. I used an app to set up my first-ever budget and it changed the way I look at money (Business Insider). Nice first-person account of the benefits of using the most powerful personal finance tool available. Do you […]

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How to Truly MANAGE Money With

If you’ve been following this series of instructional videos on how to use, the hard work is now done.  You’ve opened an account, connected it with your bank or credit union and credit cards, and set up a budget. As you’ll see in the following video, now you’re ready to start truly managing money […]

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The Key to Getting the Most From

Using a budget is not a one-size-fits-all sort of deal.  You could use a paper & pencil system, the envelope system, an Excel spreadsheet, software like Quicken, or an online tool like For those interested in giving Mint a try, I’m showing how in a series of short instructional videos.  In the video below, […]

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How to Recession-Proof Your Career

Back in the day, jobs were for life.  You put in your 30-40 years and got a pension.  Maybe even a gold watch.  That was then. Of course, there’s no such thing as guaranteed employment anymore.  But there is such a thing as guaranteed employability. Learn to Earn In most jobs, if we’re standing still […]

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Getting Started With

People who’ve never used a budget usually hate the idea.   They think of a budget as the wicked witch of personal finance whose sole purpose is to drive any semblance of fun right out of their financial life. In truth, it’s just the opposite.  A budget, or as I prefer, a Cash Flow Plan, is […]

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