Budgets aren’t easy. They’re not always easy to create and they sure aren’t easy to stick with.
It takes discipline and persistence. And consistency. And…well, it seems hard, doesn’t it?
That’s because it is…or at least, it can be. Sometimes it feels like there are holes in your budget. Unexplained black holes that suck your money in or areas that you just don’t think about.
Here are 5 areas your budget may be missing…
Americans waste a lot of money, but are we just following in our government’s footsteps?
Either way, we definitely shouldn’t be looking to them for advice. They waste money. A lot of money.
Since we don’t directly control how our government spends money, why not make fun of it? We laugh to keep from crying, right?
I found a really interesting infographic about entrepreneurship, but it seemed sexist, so I posted an infographic about the single man’s finances. Because that makes sense.
In all seriousness, I don’t find this one to be sexist. It’s an interesting comparison between men and women’s spending habits.
Over half the adults in the United States are married, but what about the other half?
This is a look into the finances of the single man. It’s also a look into the finances of the single woman. As much as people think women are known to be shoppers (you discriminators, you!), it turns out that men actually spend more than women on almost everything.
You’ll see what I mean below…
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…
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…
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…
“Hey honey, I want a motorcycle.”
“But I want a kitchen remodel.”
“Umm, but I want a motorcycle.”
“SWEETIE. WE CAN’T DO BOTH”
He wants the motorcycle. She wants the kitchen remodel. How to decide?
When you and your spouse talk about money, there’s potential for
arguments disagreements, value clashes, and colorful conversation (to put it lightly).
This step-by-step guide will help you two figure out how to make a budget work for your life together.
Would you like to be able to access all of your finances from one spot?
Your bank accounts, investments, mortgage, bills…everything.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could get that for free?
Yes. Yes it would. And you can.
Let’s see what Mint.com can do for you…