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Budget Types: The Zero-Based Budget

Did you know that there are multiple types of budgets? Read this post to learn what zero-based budgeting is, how to use zero-based budgeting, and whether or not zero-based budgeting would be a good fit for you.

Money Saving Tips

I came across this article the other day that promised 16 ways to save money this year, so of course I was interested! I got to reading it and I found that a lot of the ways this article listed to save money were too specific and really didn’t apply to a lot of people. I willContinue reading “Money Saving Tips”

Pro Tip: Make a Budget

Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, “This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.” -Luke 14:28-30 (New International Version)

Spread the News!

My purpose and goal for this website and blog is to reach as many people as I can to educate and encourage people on budgeting. Budgeting is something that has always been extremely important to me and, over the years, I have learned that not everyone looks at budgeting and money management in the sameContinue reading “Spread the News!”

The Student Loan Crisis

Student debt is a major, major problem today. There are 44.7 million Americans that have student loan debt. The average amount that people have in student loans is $32,731 with an average monthly payment of $393.

My Disinterest with Paying Interest

The word “disinterest” is actually too mild to describe my feelings toward paying interest. Quite frankly, I really hate paying interest. On anything! Mortgages, auto loans, credit cards, anything! Paying interest, in my opinion, is a complete waste of net worth.

Net Worth

One of my favorite things to do with my budget is calculate my husband’s and my quarterly net worth. It’s fun to map out the progress that we make toward our financial goals. I started tracking our net worth about a year ago and it has helped guide us in our financial goals and decision making. Tracking our net worth has shown us areas in which we can improve our net worth to work toward financial independence and, ultimately, retirement.

Breaking Down Funds

I recently received a request to breakdown my budget funds and what kind of things are covered by each fund. I am going to go in the order that they appear in my budget, so bear with me because I do a budget overhaul at least every year and at this point there is no particular order for the funds.

Starting from Scratch

One of the hosts on one of the podcasts that I listened to once upon a time said that, before starting a budget, people should track their expenses for a month or two to see what they are spending. I understand why it might be appealing to track expenses and spending habits first, but in my opinion, it is more productive to create a budget based on financial goals and adjust spending habits accordingly. One of the purposes of having a budget is to assist in achieving financial goals by restricting unnecessary or frivolous spending.

Budget Prioritizing

Survive today, prepare for tomorrow, have fun. In that order. What exactly does that mean with regard to budgeting?

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