If you are reading this, you likely have discretionary income. But what is it anyway? How much do you have? … More Discretionary Income
If writing words of hope could create good fortune, you’d all be blessed. … More December is for Holidays
Travel is often easy to cut, but lowering your dining out expenditures is deceptively complex. … More What are the biggest budget busters you’ve seen?
[Cue flashlight under the chin] I’m going to answer this question with a personal tale of woe. … More What is your worst financial horror story?
When I’m looking to cut expenses, should I cut out household services like cleaning services, grocery delivery, meal kits, etc.?
Ultimately, it depends on how much benefit these services provide. I have listed two examples as an exercise to determine if the service’s benefit justifies its cost. … More Should I cut out household services like cleaning services?
I can give you some ideas for making your goals more concrete. … More How do I decide what my financial goals are?
I’m going to answer your question with a question: How stable is your income? More stable income can get by with a smaller emergency fund. Less stable income should have a larger one. Emergency Fund Let me back up a bit and clarify what I mean by ‘emergency fund.’ This is money that you can … More How much emergency fund should I have?
The short answer is yes. If you can… I love to automate the mechanics of bill paying. This is one of my go-to solutions for clients who want help organizing their finances. However… If you are struggling to pay bills or have irregular income, setting up automatic payments can be problematic. You run a higher … More Should I set up my bills for autopay?
Are you struggling to get a handle on your finances? Has the quarantine cut or eliminated your income? To address these problems, you first need to know where your money is going. You can follow the process I’ve outlined here with spreadsheets, or you can use personal accounting apps to help you. So why use … More Personal Accounting Software
The effects of the pandemic on your financial life may be significant – either now or in the future. Here are two constructive exercises you can accomplish while in the throws of quarantine-induced cabin fever. … More Stay Productive