Budgeting

A Peek Inside Amanda’s Money Notebooks!

September 20, 2019
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Another day, another person’s money to snoop around in! Haha… And this time along with some nifty MONEY NOTEBOOKS! The budgeting method of choice from our featured reader today – Amanda – which I just love for a number of reasons. First, anytime you *physically* track stuff it tends to sink in better!, and second – it’s always nice to see a snapshot from someone […]

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Ever track your money using a calendar?! Here’s a reader’s review of a new app he’s obsessed with.

September 9, 2019
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Hey guys! Welcome to a new week of saving money and kicking a$$! Still recovering from all the fun that is FinCon over here (was so nice to meet some of you IN REAL LIFE!!!), but wanted to share this article in the meantime from someone who’s super excited to have found a better way to manage his cash flow. The initial note that spawned […]

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Cool new product (and giveaway) –> Budgeting Stickers!!

August 27, 2019
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Heyoooo!!! Got a cool new product to pass along your way today, particularly for those who love some journaling/scrapbooking/good ol’ sticker fun ;) They come from my friend Michael Murphy who invented those Investing Journals we featured earlier in the year, and this time around he’s set his focus on helping people get excited about (and actually STICKING TO) their budgets more – quite literally! […]

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Interesting Financial Rules to Follow (?)

May 29, 2019
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Came across this article from Kiplinger this morning, and can’t say I’ve heard of half these rules of thumb before, haha… Maybe that’s why they’re so breakable?! :) “Financial Rules of Thumb to Consider Breaking“ They’re bolded below, along with my own two (free) cents, and an attempt at comparing them to our own finances to see if we’re on track or not :) Anyone […]

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Do you know your Survival Number?

May 24, 2019
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Stumbled across this clip from an old guest post here, and thought it needed to be re-shared and contemplated again ;) Have you ever ran your “survival number” before?? From: 4 Tricks to Save More, Spend Less, and Pay Off Debt Your Survival Number Try this: calculate how much money you need for a decent survival each day. Count all important expenses, but aim to […]

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9 Interesting New Financial Apps & Services ✨

May 22, 2019
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What up what up! Been compiling a list of some of the more interesting financial apps and services I’ve been pitched on lately, and out of the 872 of them this year here were the ones I thought looked most promising ;) Let me know if you end up trying any of them out! ****** Bring Your Own Budget (byobudget.com) — “I made a webapp, […]

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Jimmy’s History of Personal Finance

May 8, 2019
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[What up what up! Been getting a TON of response from our post the other day on the history of our net worth, so thought we’d continue the fun and share another person’s financial background today ;) Can never see too many numbers about money, am I right?! Take it away, Jimmy…] ****** Inspired by J. Money’s recent, “How we grew our net worth to […]

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6 Ways to Avoid The Diderot Effect

April 22, 2019
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A friend of mine passed me this article on Denis Diderot who I could have sworn we’ve blogged about before, but a quick search told me we hadn’t so I had to make sure we fixed that STAT :) Here’s the article I was passed, by one of my favorite writers online – James Clear: The Diderot Effect: Why We Want Things We Don’t Need […]

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The “Beat Last Year” Budgeting Challenge!

January 24, 2019
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This is one of the best challenges I’ve heard in a while :) From fellow reader, Anne: Hi J, I wanted to share a new challenge I am doing for myself. I eat out at fast food/pizza/restaurants wayyyyy too much, and my personal capital export from 2018 made me feel so bad about it! I am challenging myself to “beat last year!”. Example. Spent $100 […]

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6 great new financial resources 💪💪

January 4, 2019
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I did a LOT of reading over the break and came across a ton of new resources in the process. Here are a smattering of them which should hopefully point you in the right direction depending on your current journey :) If you found any good ones lately I’d love to hear about them too! ****** #1. A free budgeting spreadsheet! This ones comes from TheMeasureOfaPlan.com, […]

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40 Money Lessons Learned After 40 Years on This Earth

November 23, 2018
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[Hey guys! Hope you’re having a great Thanksgiving holiday so far! For those not out and about shopping on this non-Holiday Black Friday right now, here are some solid tips for you as a reward ;) Courtesy of fellow blogger Marc from VitalDollar.com. My favorites are #31 and #37 and would certainly make it into my own list once I turn the big 4-0 myself […]

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7 [Financial] Habits That Have a High Rate of Return

November 19, 2018
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Remember the other week when I posted that tweet about the 7 habits that have a high rate of return in life? Where I rocked almost all of them except for the “exercising 3x a week” one where I appropriately scored an F-? Well, not any longer my friends!! That silly little tweet stirred something in me and I did something that day I haven’t […]

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Why I Skipped My Own Wedding to Save Money

October 5, 2018
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[Hey guys! Please welcome back to the site today, Lyn Alden, who shares her take on wedding costs and why she decided to only spend $800 getting married this year! The pressure is real out there, but there are other ways if you’re open to it!!] ******* The average cost of a wedding in the United States was somewhere between $25,000 and $33,000 in 2017, […]

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What I Learned Tracking My “Wants” For 30 Days!

August 20, 2018
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In a nutshell: I spent a lot of money on coffee and bagels, haha… But also books and history* stuff! Here’s a list of everything I spent on “wants” for the past 30 days. I decided to keep it to only the stuff I spend on *myself* vs others (kids, charities, etc) since that’s what I was most wondering about, and since I’m not looking […]

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