Ah, the good old question of whether to keep a little bit of money tucked away into the main checking account. This seems to come up quite often with people just starting out making their budgets and starting to tell their money what to do. I thought it would be a great time to dive in and explain what a checking account buffer is, advantages and disadvantages to having it, and finally, what my family do in regards to this ourselves. If you have never created a budget yourself or need help, please check out this great guide I’ve put […]
Formulating a household budget is important to put the family finances in order. Though, there’s no such formula for creating an ideal household budget, there are some basic strategies which can help you create a proper monthly spending plan. Remember, your budget should be ambitious, but realistic. At first, start with paper and pen to compose a budget according to your lifestyle. It will help you to become familiarized with your income and expenses. Gradually, consider using a spreadsheet program for easy updating. Though, the whole task is not so easy, you need to understand that the key to making […]
There are a ton of financial challenges out there. Today, I am going to feature a few that I feel would be great for you to look at and possibly try. Challenges are great and allow for us to focus for a certain amount of time on a goal. I don’t think that going through these is ever going to result in someone being worse off then when they started. Take a look through the list and make sure to click over to get more info from the websites I’ve linked. I would love to know if you’ve taken these […]
So, I got to thinking the other day and started reflecting on some habits that I’ve developed along the way while working through my financial journey. I thought by sharing them, I would hopefully get you to reflect on your goals and things to focus on while you are on your financial journey.
Working in a customer facing environment where you are taking people’s money while conversing with them, you get to meet all kinds of people. This past week has really opened my eyes to all the different people out there that are really having some struggles, whether self inflicted or just going through a rough patch, or just starting out.
Emergencies happen all the time. Dave Ramsey commonly says “it’s not if they will happen, it’s when”. We know that we have to prepare for unexpected events to come up and rear their ugly head at some point. How do you handle emergencies when they happen? There are people out there that use a credit card as their emergency fund. Heck, for a little while we have done this as we build up ours. I don’t recommend going this route as common sense would ask, “why are you adding more debt during an emergency”? As we build our emergency fund, we are […]
What is the worst financial decision that you’ve ever made? We actually financed dishes at 25% interest to get a “free” vacation once. Read the story here.
Creating a budget can be a very empowering or scary experience to some people. Too some people, they don’t want that monster to come out of the closet and tell them exactly what they are spending each month. To others, it gives a sense of control where they feel they really are telling their money where to go and giving every dollar a name and a place to march off to with a set of orders. If you’ve ever had a hard time creating a budget, you’ve come to the right place! I have laid out in 3 easy to […]
When was the last time that you created a budget? What was the experience like? Do you still budget month to month? Everyone has their own opinions about the dreaded “B” word. Yes, I’m talking about the budget. Depending on who you talk to, some people might shudder at the very word or thought. Others open up and you can tell that they feel freer than ever. They feel the budget helps them stay accountable and helps them get control of other aspects of their life as well. Why is this? What is it that gives people horrible memories about […]
Cutting costs to some simple things in your life can really help save money in the long run. Check out these simple things I’ve given up to save money.