If you’ve read any of my other articles, you know I am big on tracking where your money goes. But cash is tricky. What are you spending that cash on? … More Casual Cash
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?
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?
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
The mail carrier comes with more each day. The words were mostly a blur to Vivian. One day she had even asked the mail woman to stop delivering. “Not forever, just a few months…” But the mail carrier just directed Vivian to the postal website where she could put a hold on her mail. A … More The Big Moments
It’s Christmas time, and I could go into a diatribe on fiscal responsibility in the face of the consumerist holiday. But I won’t. Here’s a bad Christmas poem instead. Oh! My November wallet Fair and fat With opportunities resplendent. Oh! But Christmas cheer is not free Even the simplest of tidings Wassail, evergreens and gingerbread … More Cash Flow Blues: The Christmas Special
The first two episodes in this series laid the groundwork for you to take control of your finances. If you missed them, read episode 1 here and episode 2 here. If you followed the exercises in the first two episodes, you’re armed with the knowledge of where to cut your spending and start saving. So … More Cash Flow Blues 3: The Reckoning