Let’s get to know each other some more :) I filled out this questionnaire for a series Automatic Finances put together recently (he interviewed a few of us bloggers), but I thought it would be a great discussion tool for us too. After all, we see each other almost every day, yes?
If you’d like to participate (and I hope you do), list your answers in the comments below. You can be as short, and anonymous, as you’d like. And if you’d rather not, no worries either – you can always stalk us from behind that computer of yours ;) Let the getting to know each other commence!
1) How do you spend: cash, debit or credit?
As much as I can on credit card baby! I find credit cards to be an excellent budgeting tool as long as you stay on top of it, and pay ’em off in full every month (which I do). If you’re spending roughly the same every month, why not pay with plastic and milk ’em for all those extra rewards?
2) Do you bank online? How about use a financial aggregator (Mint, Wesabe, Yodlee, etc.)?
I bank online at USAA.com aka the best bank e-v-e-r. Since most of my 10+ accounts are there, I find a trusty excel spreadsheet & google doc is the only other thing I need to manage it all and stay on budget. Although I could certainly see the value in personal finance software like Mint & the rest. If I didn’t like manually updating my budget so much I would have switched out long ago ;)
3) What recurring bills do you have set on autopay?
Oddly enough, only a few things: Comcast, condo fee, and insurance. My income gets staggered so I like to manually pay the rest to make sure all is on point.
4) How are your finances automated?
Currently, they’re not as automated as I’d like. I deposit my paychecks, xfer out the money to the right accounts, and then manually pay a chunk of the bills asap to make sure I don’t forget. I’d like to have *all my finances automated* but it’s gonna have to wait until things are more concrete.
5) Do you write checks? If so, how often?
Checks? What are those? :) They only get the pleasure of my bad handwriting when it’s time to pay a stray bill or give a wedding present to somebody. All other times they stay in my drawer sobbing, knowing the end is near.
6) Where do you stash your short-term savings?
In a regular ol’ savings account. I like the freedom to xfer out at a moment’s notice, and having your accounts in one spot makes it even easier to manage it all.
Your turn! How do you manage your finances?
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!