Today's post is a guest post by Tina Roth. Tina Roth is a personal finance blogger and her goal is to help educate and empower people when it comes to managing their personal finance. She is also a firm believer in financial literacy and writes helpful personal finance articles to educate people to secure their financial life. --- Especially around the New Year, many people focus a lot on . . .
Budgets are the cornerstone to personal finance. A good budget keeps your spending within your income and leaves room for saving. A good budget also lets you save enough for your short-term and long-term goals. However, learning to live within a budget can be hard. A budget limits your spending. And spending can be fun! When you first start budgeting, you may experience a 'lifestyle . . .
A few months ago, I published a roundup of tips on how to save money in day-to-day life. A lot of the same contributors are back, this time with tips to save on or save up for vacation. Enjoy! 1. A Jar Full of Money My wife keeps a coin and small bills jar hidden in our house. She'll sneak $1 and $5 bills out of our wallets and purses every once in a while and hide them away. I don't really . . .
Sometimes when you try to live frugally, you completely stop purchasing non-necessities. Which isn't bad! You're far better off being completely content with what you have than always wanting to buy whatever you lay your eyes on. There are, however, some purchases that can end up saving you far more than the price of the item. Here's a list of 7 items to get you started. 1. LED Bulbs If you're . . .
Happy New Year! And now it's tax time. I know, I know, April 15 is still a long way away. But, by the end of this month, your W-2s will be rolling in, followed closely by a multitude of other tax related documents. And since you'll likely get a refund when you file, there's no reason to let Uncle Sam sit on your money any longer than necessary. So despite the April 15 deadline still being several . . .
Part of personal finance being personal means that we focus on our own journey, and let others focus on theirs. We are responsible for our own finances and our own outcomes. Too often, however, we tend to look over at our friends and neighbors to compare notes. We either like to pick apart what they are doing wrong to make ourselves feel better, or start drooling in envy at the latest new toy they . . .
There was once a hardworking man who worked 9-5 day in, day out, for 45 years. He rarely took vacation because he wanted to 'shine' as an employee. He stayed at the same job his entire life because it was 'safe'. He put 10% of his paycheck into retirement savings because it was the 'smart' thing to do. He budgeted for a car payment, a house, and lived within his means. At 65 he retired with a . . .
It's the time of the year that everyone starts talking about New Year's resolutions. Common resolutions are to lose weight, eat healthier or start doing something nice. Although less common, financial goals or resolutions are also important. Developing financial goals is a big part of figuring out your 'why' of personal finance. Goals also serve as actionable steps towards your . . .
There are all sorts of ways to make a couple bucks here and there on the internet. Most of them are tedious and time-consuming for relatively small payouts. A few programs, however, will pay you regularly just for the privilege of monitoring your device activity. Once you install an app on your phone and an extension on you computer browsers, the rewards start rolling in. Who Would . . .
You need a budget. Period. A budget ensures that your money goes to things that are important to you. A budget also ensures that you maintain a positive cash flow- meaning you don't spend more than you earn. Budgeting basically divides your money between needs, wants and goals. Or I should say needs, goals and wants, since that should be the priority order. If you don't use a budget, even . . .