Friday Finances: January 2014 Week 4

Every Friday I post about my finances for the week in an effort to monitor my income and expenses. I used to post all of the actual figures but I have recently decided to stop doing this. I will now post SOME of my actual expenses and leave the rest to your imagination. This week my income was: A $10 Walmart gift card from redeeming Swagbucks points. This week my expenses were: $14 on a car wash. This seems a bit expensive but the car...

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Two Financial Mistakes That Parents Make
Jan06

Two Financial Mistakes That Parents Make

Parents love their children and would love to do anything they can to help them. But many parents make a few financial mistakes in the name of love that actually hurt them and their children. Two of the most common financial mistakes that parents make are: -Putting the children first -Not having a safety net If parents make these two mistakes then they usually end up doing more harm than good, even if they had good intentions in the...

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Revamped The Budget (And My Life) For 2014
Jan01

Revamped The Budget (And My Life) For 2014

So we are now in the new year of 2014 and one of the first things that I did was to go and do a revamp of the budget. I also focused on a few areas I need to work on in my daily life but the budget is the main point here. I reset all of the categories to zero in the rolling budget so that I can track the entire year of income and expenses without the effect of 2013’s numbers. I reduced the budget for housing expenses because I...

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Friday Finances: August Week 1

Every Friday I post about my finances for the week in an effort to monitor my income and expenses. I used to post the actual figures but I have recently decided to stop doing this. Instead I will post on the categories for spending or income without actually giving the specific numbers. This week income was in the form of: Salary: as a graduate instructor Lending club: I pulled in a small amount from my loan repayments My expenses...

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How My Online Only Financial Tracking Is Working Out
Jul08

How My Online Only Financial Tracking Is Working Out

So I recently decided to take a break from tracking my finances manually and online at the same time. I wanted to see if online only financial tracking would work out for me since I was so accustomed to doing it both ways. I decided to track my financial progress on a monthly basis by only measuring my budget against Mint.com. To do this I had to stop using my spreadsheet, where I have faithfully entered my receipts for YEARS. I must...

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