An important part of managing money is budgeting.
We’ve collected blog posts with tips and advice on budgeting and saving money.
In this podcast, we discuss the hazard of advertising for your budget and how to not fall prey to marketing tactics.
In this podcast, we discuss why spending is the core of your financial plan, how to align your spending with your goals, and how to use Core Values Budgeting to identify budgeting changes.
In this podcast, I discuss my recent article “Account Funding Priorities for 2022” and describe a savings waterfall for 2022. The idea is when new money flows your way, which one of these buckets is it going to land in?
Look at new items with a side eye and think, “Do I really want you here?”
All in all, this card is a fairly easy way to pay 5% less for any Amazon purchase.
These credit cards won’t change your life, and they shouldn’t, but they can get back a very small portion of the money you spend each month.
Which account you should fund depends on your circumstances. However, there are some general guidelines you can follow to make your decision.
By being relentless about turning off marketing, you protect your finances from the poor decisions that advertising inspires.
Stopping to think through questions like these will likely help you make smarter decisions with your spending.
This is a fairly easy way to receive a 5% reward for my gasoline purchases but it does require that you have a family member who served in the military.
Once set up, the extra rewards may be worth the extra effort.
Imagine how much you could save if you could cut all your expenses in half!
Recently, I signed up for the Bank of America Customized Cash Rewards credit card offering a $200 online cash rewards bonus and 3% cash back in the category of your choice.
Automate your savings. Take manual control of your spending. This is the path to wealth.
There are many questions that first time moms ask their veteran friends. Among the top list is, what do you really need to care for a baby?
By decoupling your standard of living from the size of your income, you have taken the first step toward financial freedom.
No limp arms. Keep your hands up. Budget for emergencies.
After trying Instacart again a handful of times, I finally decided that in-person shopping was cheaper and more effective for my family.
I cannot throw away such a delightful box.
Choosing the right moments to buy convenience with your money brings value to your life.
We can gift our loved ones a powerful gift while maintaining a budget.
Who can remember every purchase you made? But remembering is how to keep your purchases reasonable.
The presumption that there is always more fun to be had has a two-fold positive effect on my life.
When I was really young, I did not realize that food had a season. What a privilege of our modern era!
It took me one hour to complete from start to finish. Hopefully, now that I have bumbled my way through it on my own and documented the steps, it takes you less time.
Any amount of difference in cost of living presents a valuable opportunity to reconsider the ways you spend money in order to increase the amount of money you can save.
Financial security is an amazing feeling, so why not live your life knowing you are prepared for life’s expenses and can plan ahead for all your future goals.
From such changes, the millionaire mindset is built and millions are gained.
The thrift of taking care of your things is a wealthy mindset that pays off every year you don’t need to buy a replacement.
The first lesson in learning how to spend is learning how to not.
A wishlist is a force of thrift both for you to defer your consumption and for your family and friends to ensure that all the value of their gift makes it to your heart.
When my desires can endure the distance of a week, I buy it.
No matter how small your savings, those small changes have large effects over time.
It is easy to find yourself browsing the store when you spot a t-shirt with a phrase that you can hear your friend saying. Avoid making a purchase by taking a picture.
Most of our regular use of items is habitual. Developing a mindset that uses less requires changing our habits.
With these moderate interest rates, the only clearly wrong decision in my view is buying a car on loan because you cannot afford it outright.
Although this is the least common financial shock studied, it is one of the most difficult because at its core it is a problem money cannot solve.
Here is a strategy that can both help you identify what you value and help you start your budget.
Financial shocks can come in all shapes and sizes. This strategy of budgeting should increase your chance for success over the long haul.
Anything which is not contributing toward your financial independence should be considered part of your lifestyle spending.
Whatever technique you use to smooth your income, providing for the possibility of having a sudden reduction in income can help your family self-ensure against this potential financial shock.
This is the financial shock of a trip to hospital. It is upsetting, expensive, and unexpected.
This is the financial shock of a major home repair. It is expensive and surprising.
This is the financial shock of a major car repair. It is the most common financial shock with 30% of households reporting such an event within the last 12 months.
It is possible to be prepared for financial emergencies by living 10% more frugally and saving for the inevitable eventuality.
Don’t be cynical. Get serious.
The FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) movement is a suggestion that you should have the goal of achieving financial independence and retiring while you are young.
This isn’t the kind of article you think it is. My daughter wore disposable diapers.