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The Ultimate Quick-Guide to Budgeting Tools

The Ultimate Quick-Guide to Budgeting Tools

If you’re looking for budgeting tools, look no further.

I’ve compiled an all-inclusive list of every high-quality budgeting tool I could find and put them all together here.

I’ve even included the price (if there is one), the format(s) available and a brief description of each. I’ll start with my favorites and then move on to the rest.

Let’s jump right in and see what our options are…

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How Does Debt Settlement Affect My Credit Score?

How Does Debt Settlement Affect My Credit Score?

Your credit score can tremendously impact your day-to-day life.

For Example, your credit score can affect everything from obtaining a mortgage to getting a new job. This is something that most people know. But what everyone doesn’t know is how exactly your score is calculated.

The reason that this isn’t common knowledge is because the credit bureaus do not tell you exactly how they calculate your score.

Even though we do not know the exact equations used, we do know what factors can have a tremendous impact on your credit score. For example, settling your debt can impact your credit score.

Let’s see exactly how debt settlement affects your credit score…

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Personal Capital Review – The Ultimate Free Tool for Budgeting and Investing

Personal Capital Review – The Ultimate Free Tool for Budgeting and Investing

There are many ways to get all your accounts in one place.

There are also ways to automate your budget.

Mint.com comes to mind.

Your bank may even offer online banking that budgets for you and allows you to add outside accounts to your dashboard.

That’s all great. I love automation. But I’ve found the cream of the crop.

All your accounts in one place? Check. An effective automatic budgeting system? Check. And that’s not all they do.

Personal Capital is great for budgeting, but it’s really great for investing!

Let me show you what sets Personal Capital apart from the rest…

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​My Biggest Money Mistakes (That I’m Glad I Made) – Part 1: Network Marketing

​My Biggest Money Mistakes (That I’m Glad I Made) – Part 1: Network Marketing

I have made some huge money mistakes.

I want to tell you about them, in hopes that you won’t make the same ones.

Mistakes are a great teacher. It’s always best to learn from someone else’s mistake if possible, but there is value in our own mistakes.

That is, if we do actually learn from them.

In this series, I’m going to go through my biggest mistakes. They are big enough to be separated into different parts, which is…kind of sad.

This is my experience with network marketing. (which obviously wasn’t too great, since it’s on my biggest mistakes list)

I’ll explain what happened, why it happened and what you can learn from it…

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The Wrong Time to Invest

The Wrong Time to Invest

Do you ever feel pressured by time and end up making a hasty decision that you later regret?

Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov taught, “Always keep ten extra minutes on the clock, or you will end up making rushed decisions.”

High level chess games are always timed.

Having time pressure keeps the pace of the game moving and forces players to make a decision.

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TSP Evolution Review – Gaming for Your Financial Future

TSP Evolution Review – Gaming for Your Financial Future

Occasionally I come across a new tool that is extremely helpful.

And then occasionally I come across a tool that’s just plain fun.

I’ve found a new tool that’s both extremely helpful and just plain fun.

Introducing: TSP Evolution.

The TSP (Thrift Savings Plan) is a contribution plan for federal employees in the United States, including the military.

It’s basically a 401k for federal employees.

Now you know what the TSP is, so what is TSP Evolution?

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The Slight Edge and How it Can Make You Rich

The Slight Edge and How it Can Make You Rich

Have you ever heard of The Slight Edge?

It’s a book, but more importantly, it’s a concept. A very successful concept, I might add.

I’m not going to take all day to explain what it is…

The Slight Edge is the idea of making small changes and small progress over a long period of time, which leads to extraordinary results.

Now, there’s more to it than that, but that’s the “nutshell” explanation.

Let me explain exactly how it works, how it’s applied and how it can make you rich…

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Purchasing a House With a Friend: 5 Things You Should Consider

Purchasing a House With a Friend: 5 Things You Should Consider

If you want to own a home but just can’t seem to get the capital together for a down payment, don’t have the income to carry payments or don’t have the credit history to get the loan, you might consider purchasing it with a friend.

Two incomes are certainly better than one, and you’ll probably have a better chance if you have another strong candidate applying with you.

People buy houses with friends all the time, and while there is nothing inherently bad about it, you should consider a few things before taking the plunge.

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Recent Reviews

Personal Capital Review – The Ultimate Free Tool for Budgeting and Investing

Personal Capital Review – The Ultimate Free Tool for Budgeting and Investing

There are many ways to get all your accounts in one place.

There are also ways to automate your budget.

Mint.com comes to mind.

Your bank may even offer online banking that budgets for you and allows you to add outside accounts to your dashboard.

That’s all great. I love automation. But I’ve found the cream of the crop.

All your accounts in one place? Check. An effective automatic budgeting system? Check. And that’s not all they do.

Personal Capital is great for budgeting, but it’s really great for investing!

Let me show you what sets Personal Capital apart from the rest…

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TSP Evolution Review – Gaming for Your Financial Future

TSP Evolution Review – Gaming for Your Financial Future

Occasionally I come across a new tool that is extremely helpful.

And then occasionally I come across a tool that’s just plain fun.

I’ve found a new tool that’s both extremely helpful and just plain fun.

Introducing: TSP Evolution.

The TSP (Thrift Savings Plan) is a contribution plan for federal employees in the United States, including the military.

It’s basically a 401k for federal employees.

Now you know what the TSP is, so what is TSP Evolution?

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101 Ways to Make Money From Home [Book Review]

101 Ways to Make Money From Home [Book Review]

When I see a book about making money, I’m tempted to buy it. Every time.

I’m always interested in finding ways to earn extra cash and I like to find new ideas to write about.

I’m even more of a sucker for books about making money from home.

Who doesn’t want to know more ways to earn money sitting in their pajamas, instead of commuting for hours a day?

I’ll be honest, I’ve read some terrible books about working from home. In fact, it seems like most of the books I’ve read about working at home were exactly that…terrible.

I’ve seen tips like “start a business” or “create a website”. Wow, that’s a great idea, except they didn’t explain how to do either one or where to find more information about getting started. It’s way too generic and broad.

Finally, I’ve found a breath of fresh air in a sea of money-making mysteries. In other words, I’ve found a darn good book about earning money from home…

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Goodbudget Review – The Best Envelope Budgeting App for 2014

Goodbudget Review – The Best Envelope Budgeting App for 2014

I am a huge fan of the envelope budgeting system.

I think it’s a great way to stay organized and keep your budget simple.

I have written several articles on budgeting.

I have even written on how to live without a budget.

Now it’s time that I show you what I personally use for budgeting.

I use Goodbudget (formerly EEBA). This is a website and a smart phone app. A digital envelope budgeting system.

There is a free and a paid version.

Let’s take a look at what Goodbudget has to offer…

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Recent Productivity

How to Effectively Measure Progress on Your Goals

How to Effectively Measure Progress on Your Goals

Small progress over time leads to huge results.

Gradual increase + persistence = new habits. It’s that simple.

Small habits might not seem life-changing at first, but when you look back, you will see something amazing.

You will see huge progress compounding over time.

That’s exactly how you measure your goals. Looking backwards.

The past gives us all the information we need and it tells us what we need to change.

Let’s look at how to effectively measure goals and see our progress…

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How to Increase Your Entire Family’s Productivity

How to Increase Your Entire Family’s Productivity

Have you ever read an article on productivity and thought it would be great for someone without a family, but with a family, you couldn’t really implement most of it?

I’ve been married for almost 9 years. My wife and I have 4 kids. I’ve been there before.

I’m always looking for ways to increase my productivity, but I admit, it’s not very motivating to read an article about having a 3 hour long morning routine.

Don’t get me wrong, that sounds awesome! And I would love to that, but unfortunately, I work, spend time with my family, exercise and, oh yeah…sleep (when I’m free to do so).

I don’t have 3 hours for a morning routine and as much as I would like to, it’s just not going to happen right now.

That doesn’t mean we can’t be productive. I’m very productive and so is my family.

I have found some things that work. It’s possible to be productive, even with a big family.

Let me share what has worked for me…

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The Slight Edge and How it Can Make You Rich

The Slight Edge and How it Can Make You Rich

Have you ever heard of The Slight Edge?

It’s a book, but more importantly, it’s a concept. A very successful concept, I might add.

I’m not going to take all day to explain what it is…

The Slight Edge is the idea of making small changes and small progress over a long period of time, which leads to extraordinary results.

Now, there’s more to it than that, but that’s the “nutshell” explanation.

Let me explain exactly how it works, how it’s applied and how it can make you rich…

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9 Things to Make This Your Most Productive Week Ever

9 Things to Make This Your Most Productive Week Ever

I came across 9 thing to make this your most productive week ever.

Who wouldn’t want to make this week the most productive week ever?

Doesn’t that just sound awesome? It’s actionable. It’s applicable.

I wanted to make sure these ideas were all as effective as they sounded.

So I tried this entire list for several weeks and got some awesome results. I included a small note after each number to tell you exactly what I learned about each one.

At a bare minimum, you must try #8. This was an eye opener for me.

Now it’s something I add to my schedule every week…

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How to Effectively Use Caffeine to Boost Your Productivity

How to Effectively Use Caffeine to Boost Your Productivity

​Do you drink coffee everyday?

If you’re over 18, you probably do. Statistically.

Over 50% over Americans (over the age of 18) consume coffee on a daily basis.

You may be the kind of person who gets cranky when you don’t have your coffee, or you may be able to go without it.

Either way, if you drink it everyday, you are sabotaging yourself from the benefits you could be getting from that age-old energy booster known as caffeine.

Here’s how you should be doing it…

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How to Create Good Habits (And Stick With Them)

How to Create Good Habits (And Stick With Them)

​​We all have our habits. Positive and negative.

Habits are like compound interest. They can be our best friend or our worst enemy.

So, how do you create positive habits?

How do you get them to actually stick?

​Here is the most effective way to create and stick with new habits…

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What’s Stealing Your Time? Here’s How to Take Control

What’s Stealing Your Time? Here’s How to Take Control

The average person spends 9 years of their life watching TV.

​That’s just from watching TV a few hours everyday.

But that’s not you, right? I mean, you don’t spend hours and hours in front of the TV.

That’s unproductive and a waste of your time…and you know it.

But what about Facebook? We spend 700 billion minutes on Facebook every month, across the world.

And then considering that we spend 174 billion minutes on YouTube each month, it’s hard to imagine that there is any time left. I think we all remember the first time we logged onto YouTube. Those suggested videos in the sidebar will get you…and keep you…for days.

As you will see in a moment, I used to waste hours everyday without even realizing it.

Here is how I figured out where my time was going and how I took control of it…

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5 Effective Email Hacks to Organize Your Inbox (and Keep it That Way)

5 Effective Email Hacks to Organize Your Inbox (and Keep it That Way)

​​How much time do you spend dealing with email? Too much?

You really don’t have to. Don’t let email steal your time.

There are ways to get organized and decluttered. And there are great tools out there to help you along the way.

Some things you are doing may be completely unnecessary and you can just cut them out all together.

Read on if you’re tired of letting email steal your time…

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Recent Infographics

How IT Cloning Can Make You a Billionaire [Infographic]

How IT Cloning Can Make You a Billionaire [Infographic]

Cloning simply means to create duplicate of anything.

The term IT Cloning was derived from the biology term “cloning” where clone of any animal can be created using any particle of the animal.

But IT cloning refers to the duplicity of any website or application in terms of its design and functionality.

Clone websites don’t use the code of the original one. Developers design it from scratch using their own code.

IT cloning has become very common and it can be seen in our daily life, with companies like Airbnb & Wimdu, Flipkart & Snapdeal, Alibaba & Amazon, Snapchat & Bolt, Whatsapp & Telegram etc…

Now the question is “How are clone websites more benefited than original websites?”

I think a real life success story can explain it in a better way…

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9 Ways to Be More Productive [Infographic]

9 Ways to Be More Productive [Infographic]

If you’re like me, you are always finding ways to be more productive.

Increasing your productivity is one of the quickest ways to accomplish your goals.

If you want to get better or learn about something new, you will need to “buy some time”.

We all have the same amount of time in a day.

It’s about how we use that time…

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10 Ways to Make Money Without a Job [Infographic]

10 Ways to Make Money Without a Job [Infographic]

Making money without a job.

Yeah, that’s a thing.

It’s actually pretty common.

There are many ways to make money without and job and then there are the ways you always hear about (blogging perhaps…) that don’t seem realistic.

Like anything, it depends on how much time and effort you put into it.

Here are more than 10 different ways to make money without a job…

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About Me

Kalen Bruce

My name is Kalen Bruce.

I write short, simple articles on money and productivity.

I live a debt-free life with my wife and 4 children.

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