I’ve tried many, many different budgeting strategies, budgeting apps, and budgeting programs. (It’s just one of the perks or sometimes one of the drawbacks of being a financial writer obsessed with finding the best budgeting system out there.) I’ve learned that finding the right budgeting strategy for you really depends on your goals, your stage […]
There are very few "financial" things you do each and every day - spending money is one of them.
Whether it's on gas to get to work, food to put in your body, or shampoo to wash your hair - you're spending money.
If you want instant progress with your finances, it's by learning how to save more of your cash. This archive will show you all the tricks I know to make your dollar go further.
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The best things in life are free, right? Too often we hear the word “frugal” and immediately think “deprivation.” Or “boring.” But the truly frugal know that affordable living isn’t about restricting yourself. There are plenty of fun things to do that don’t cost a lot, or any, money. Frugal people don’t hide away in […]
Frugality gets a bad rap these days. Too often folks assume that being frugal is the same as being a cheap, miserly skinflint. Of course, frugality means different things to different people, but at its basest definition, it’s about being wise about where you spend your money and time. I like to simplify things, so […]
There’s a running joke in our household that my wife gets AARP solicitations because of her name. It’s a little old-fashioned, like Thelma or Gladys (but not those), and unlikely to make a comeback (sorry honey!). We get the mailings because AARP uses the postal service’s geographic mailing service, it’s literally spam by mail without […]
What do you picture when you hear the word budget? Ramen and brown bag lunches? (mmmm, peanut butter sandwiches though) You have probably heard about skipping the lattes and avocado toast so that you can buy a house. Budgeting is often associated with sacrificing enjoyment but not all budgets are bad. If you’ve never learned […]
If you’re looking for an alternative to You Need a Budget, you’re in the right place. I’m a fan of You Need a Budget because I’ve seen it evolve over the years. I remember YNAB4 when it was a software application you purchased. I remember when it transition to a monthly service. I remember how […]
Challenges are fun. One of our good friends does something called the Workweek Hustle. It’s a really simple challenge – whoever has the most steps in the week, wins. They all own Fitbits (the Workweek Hustle is a Fitbit name for the competition). The Fitbit tracks their steps, syncs it to a group, and the […]
If you’re tired of all the consumerism of the holidays, of braving the mall or shopping endless sites on the internet, perhaps tapping into your crafty side can do the trick. There really isn’t anything more thoughtful or special than a homemade gift when you don’t have something perfect in mind. When I think of […]
It’s no secret that college is expensive will probably be one of the busiest times of your life. Most college students want to make extra money to cover their expenses, but don’t have the time or energy to keep up with a full-time or even part-time job. Luckily, there’s the option to earn a flexible […]
There are a lot of budgeting apps out there. For a few years, they were coveted by investors looking for the latest in financial technology (fintech). Nowadays, robo-advisors have taken that mantle and one by one the budgeting apps have fallen out of favor and been shuttered. Level Money was the latest casualty. Acquired in […]