Budgeting

  • Automate Your Finances

    How to Automate Your Finances: Steps to Get Started

    It might seem counterintuitive but automating your finances gives your more financial control. The less manual work you do with managing money, the more time you’ll have to mastering it. After I automated my finances, I realized the benefits of letting go manual control to focus on the tasks that had a big impact in growing my money. What Does…

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  • Clever Ideas to Save Money

    29 Clever Ideas to Save More Money

    I believe that we shouldn’t spend more than we need to on any purchase. That means having a savings strategy and being tactical, like clipping coupons, using discount codes, getting rebates, and earning rewards. Every time you save a penny or two, you can then use that savings towards other goals. I’ve compiled a list of the many ways you…

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  • Cash Flow Plan

    Cash Flow Plan: A Simple Guide to Managing Your Money

    Effective cash flow management is fundamental to budgeting and achieving your financial goals. By tracking your income and expenses, you can gain valuable insights into your spending habits, identify opportunities for saving and investment, and ultimately take control of your financial future. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the essential steps to a cash flow plan. What is Cash…

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  • Cash Reserve

    Cash Reserve: Your Financial Safety Net for Peace of Mind

    Often called an emergency fund, this financial cushion protects against unexpected expenses, job loss, or other unforeseen circumstances that may jeopardize financial stability. What is a Cash Reserve? Cash reserves are an enhanced form of emergency fund. It does more by protecting you through economic downturns or extended periods of income disruption. Maintain your peace of mind with a 12-month…

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  • Spending Plan

    The Spending Plan: How to Flexibly Spend Your Money

    Creating a spending plan is an essential step toward achieving financial well-being. Unlike traditional budgets, which may feel restrictive and focused solely on tracking expenses, a spending plan provides a flexible framework that empowers you to allocate your money intentionally, prioritize your values, and achieve a healthy balance between spending and saving. What is a Spending Plan? A spending plan,…

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  • SMART Financial Goals

    How to Make SMART Financial Goals

    Have you ever wondered why some goals seem easier to attain? There’s a good chance those goals were SMART. What are SMART Goals? SMART goals use a framework to create specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound objectives to guide goal-setting. CriteriaExplanationSpecificGoals should be clear, well-defined, and focused on a specific outcome or result.MeasurableGoals should be quantifiable, allowing progress to be…

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  • Set Financial Goals and Achieve Them

    How to Set Financial Goals: 8 Steps to Achieve Them

    Having clear financial goals helps you make better-informed decisions. When you know what you’re working towards and why you’re doing the work, you’ll achieve most of your goals. What are Financial Goals? Financial goals are specific objectives in your financial plan that you aim to achieve within a defined timeframe. These goals are guiding principles that inform financial decisions, shape…

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  • Understanding Income How to List and Track Your Money

    Understanding Income: How to List and Track Your Money

    Income is money earned from employment and investments. What is Income? Income refers to the money you earn from various sources over a specific period, typically monthly or annually. It is a vital component of personal finances and is the primary means of sustaining one’s lifestyle, covering expenses, and achieving financial goals. Types of Income Earned Income: Money earned through…

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  • Living Expenses How to List, Track and Reduce

    Living Expenses: How to List, Track and Reduce

    Mastering your monthly expenses is a critical step to budgeting success. By listing, tracking, and ultimately lowering your expenses, you can take control of your financial well-being. In this guide, we’ll explore effective strategies to help you manage your monthly expenses. 1. Start with a Comprehensive Expense List The first step in mastering your finances is to create a comprehensive…

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  • How to Never Deplete Your Emergency Fund

    How to Never Deplete Your Emergency Fund (6 Tips)

    An emergency fund will help you cover your living expenses when your income decreases or you lose it. In some instances, an emergency fund can cover an immediate expense that you cannot cover from funds in your checking account. It’s great to have an emergency fund, but most people don’t. According to a survey, “approximately 58% of Americans have less than…

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