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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New Year, New Plan

The start of a new year means it’s time to look back on your cash flow plan (aka budget) from 2018 and create a new plan for 2019. A good place to start a review of last year’s cash flow is to see which, if any, categories came in over budget. Of course, I hope […]

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Profitable Ideas: The Lessons of 2018, Toward More Ethical Uses of Money, and More.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. The 10 most valuable financial lessons I learned in 2018 (The Simple Dollar). There are some good lessons for all of us on this list. The 10 best financial resolutions for 2019 (Forbes). I like these resolutions a lot (although […]

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Profitable Ideas: 7 Financial Concepts You Should Know, A New Way to Recycle Your Christmas Tree, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Seven ideas (Humble Dollar). Personal finance knowledge everyone should have. Dismantling my dreams, one brick at a time (Slate). All those home renovation shows make it look so easy. But one couple found out it’s much tougher than it looks […]

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Profitable Ideas: Sales That Are Too Good to be True, Guide to Holiday Tipping, and More.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Where are sales too good to be true? (Consumer Reports). Those deep discounts may not be all that they appear to be. Don’t get blindsided by home repair costs (MarketWatch). I generally recommend budgeting at least $200 month for maintenance and repairs, […]

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How’s Your Financial Health?

There’s a new report out that says very few Americans are financially healthy. Working with researchers at the University of Southern California, the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) developed an eight-question survey that was taken by a representative sample of U.S. adults, leading to what it calls the U.S. Financial Health Pulse. Its results […]

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Navigating The Mixed Messages Of Our Consumer Culture

If you’re really paying attention, life can be a very odd experience. Especially when it comes to money. For example, in troubled economic times, front-page newspaper stories regularly quote economists expressing concern that the personal savings rate is going up. I still vividly remember reading one such story during a previous recession. I had to […]

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What Matters More — Your Spending Rate or Your Saving Rate?

Those of us who write about money for a living can get a little carried away by some of the nitty-gritty details. That seemed to be the case in a surprisingly impassioned debate that sprang up recently over what a person’s higher priority should be—controlling spending or controlling saving. At first, it seemed kind of […]

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