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ofprobol.sdb.bo/wp-content/map15.php See your challenges as opportunities to become better. Going for a walk, reading a book, or talking to a friend can provide you with life-changing insights that you not otherwise attain while remaining stagnant. Focus on building people up and making them feel good, and everyone will love you. Focus your energy and attention on the things that make you happy, and accept everything else as it is.

We have to be somewhere, do something, answer to or take care of someone. But when you shift your intention and create a genuine desire — event enthusiasm — for waking up in the morning, your entire life changes. Between the countless self-help books available on Amazon. Begin to clarify your purpose in life — a purpose that adds value to the lives of others — and align the majority of your time, energy, and actions everyday toward living it. This is the path that will lead you to the next level, to a life of abundance and fulfillment. Q2-What am I proud of? Q3-What results am I committed to creating today?

It is always your responsibility to choose the most empowering reasons for the occurrences of your life. When you maintain unwavering faith in your dreams and give extraordinary effort toward your goals, that is how you create miracles in your life. This is what L. You do! You see, we have the opportunity to make everyday our best, through the power of our perspective. The quality of our lives has little to do with what happens to us, but is always determined by the perspective we choose to view our lives from.

The more I do, the better I feel. Try it for yourself! Do it. Give yourself that gift today! Prioritize and focus your time on the single actively that will have the greatest impact on your life NOW. Living Your True P. You must stand guard against your tendencies, rise above your human nature, and tap into the SUPER-human that is within each of us! I used to dislike making sales phone calls, so I started making calls everyday and stopped disliking them. Start today. Are you reviewing your goals, your plan, and taking action toward both everyday?

Motivation is available to all of us, but only for those who are willing to do the things each day that create it. If you want to get physically fit, simply pack a gym bag everyday and get in the car. Once you do, where else are you going to go? So start talking today like the champion you could be, and your thoughts and actions will follow. The secret to success is to remain unconditionally committed to your day-to-day process without being emotionally attached to your day-to-day results. Be emotionally engaged, but not emotionally attached.

I decided that I would dedicate today to learning, growing, connecting, and contributing with every person I came in contact with. I committed to giving my best to everything, and to everyone. I decided today was going to be a great day, and now it is. I will do what is right, and what is necessary.

I will be a force for good, a force for creation, and an unwavering force for contribution. I decided today was going to be an extraordinary day, and as a result… it is. I will no longer justify mediocrity in my life. I will no longer expect nor accept less from myself that I can be. So, I decided that I would not let my feelings dictate nor limit my actions. I made the choice to follow through with my commitments today… so I am.

Whether through a simple smile, a sincere compliment, or by asking what I can do to help them. Today I decided to live on purpose… so I am. Hal here. Are you with me in believing that a single idea can change the way we think, the way we feel, and the way we live? Thought-provoking quotes are one of my favorite means of encapsulating powerful, life-changing ideas. Click on any of these images to download….

Don't think you have to wait for the latter to do the former. Click to Tweet! Be who you are. Love who you are. The point it, that savings is assuming you stick to the plan, come hell or high water. But if you find that you have problems persevering with that, try the snowball, which others who have that problem have been successful with.

For some people, this is a good choice. Most people who are in debt are dealing with psychological barriers, and the debt snowball method is a fantastic tool for them. I tried for years to get out of debt by paying high-interest debt first, but it never worked. On the other hand, the debt snowball turned my life around. And remember that money is more about mind than it is about math. I found this site a couple of weeks ago via Google add-ins for customizing your home page. I have read a lot of info and have found it to be good info as is this subject. I read the Wealthy Barber years ago and was floored with the simple concepts and much needed advise.

What is for me? My wife also does k and we have a seperate mutual fund that we have been dollar cost averaging I pay off CC debt monthly and currently have a car payment and house payment and that is all. Are there others that feel the same as I? Or should I just shut up? I have considered buying a rental once my house is payed off or sooner if I can talk my wife into it. Yes, i read some comments on how ms money can tedious, but once you get it setup, it runs smooth. A feature that I really like is that it can estimate your cashflows in the near future based on hypethetical spending.

JD, right on! Excellent post. Get Rich Slowly is now my favorite blog! I agree that money is more about perceptions then the raw math. A lot of being successful is believing in yourself while also not letting yourself down. The product is very good. I just thought of another category you might like to work on. If you have any other long-term goals besides retirement or wish it was a goal, but you know you could never afford it.

Like a trip to Paris, or braces, or oil paints and painting lessons, or anything you dream about. Great post, the fact of the matter is that getting your finances in order is a fairly simple task when you really it down. Little things like seeing your eating out costs for lunch all lined up paints a very detailed picture on what you can do to live below your means without suffering very much. At first glance I thought this could be a foolish idea. For example, if the interest on one loan was tax deducable it could be argued whether or not to pay that off first.

Or what about higher interest loans even the difference of 1 percent? Well if you never pay off any of your loans then you will never lower your need on debt, so just pay one off already! I have been using a budget I heard about a while ago. I really hope your tips can turn me around so I can post a sucess story commment!! Bach is the author of the much inferior book, The Automatic Millionaire. I keep track of every last dollar I spend. I only buy absolute necessities: food, gas, and cell phone needed for emergencies, job interviews, business, etc.

For gas, I always take the shortest route and seek to minimize the driving, using gasbuddy. For food, I almost always use groceries. Typically before I buy any food item, I calculate the per day cost of that item, normalized for a calorie diet i eat less, since it costs less and keeps me lighter. I usually stick to the 1 or 2 dollar a day items, except for the meat, which can be expensive. Good article! The one thing to remember is, after you have paid off your debt, extend your emergency fund.

In time, you will not miss the money and will be supprised how fast it adds up. If all else fails, you can use some of it for that vacation you have dreamed of, but could never before afford. Many people said it before, whatever works for you, but I think saving first instead of last works better. This is analogous to doing all those little urgent, but relatively unimportant tasks first, then attacking the big tasks.

The thing is the little tasks keep coming, so the big ones never get worked on. It may feel good to pay the little bills, but they lack the significance of the big ones. Need proof? Just look at the Interest portion of your credit card statement. I enjoyed this read, I have struggled with debt, while not overall big, big enough to put pressure on me and fiance. I do all my saving and investing this way, as well as as many of my bills as I can. A bonus is that all my utility suppliers offer discounts for direct debt auto bill-pay.

I track every penny I spend and log it daily into Money software. It is a bit of a hassle sometimes but it sure does help to see exactly where my money is going. A great primer for someone feeling overwhelmed! A spending plan is the most useful tool we have in our financial planning.

We spend all our money on paper every month. This allows us to make adjustments as the month goes on. Thanks for the great tips. I know a lot of these tips you have listed in the past and has helped me start a financial plan for It will definitely be huge for me to continue reading this blog and keeping up with my blog to keep myself in check. Thanks again. Hey J. How do you know where your money is going? Personally, I love my budget. I hope PearBudget will work for you.

Thank you for your continued excellent personal finance observations. My wife and I read your blog daily and find it to be a treasure trove of knowledge and first hand experience. We have been using BudgetSimple now for almost a month and it is also very promising. Finally, we use Money Manager EX to balance our checkbook.

I do not get paid to say this but what I find to be most refreshing about these applications is their simplicity. I have to say that automating my payments has been the best form of disipline for me, my electric, cable, gas, cell phone, insurance ect….. I never really figured out what I saved in late fees but I am sure it is substantial.

Really sloppy I know! But it gives me alot of peace of mind knowing all of these are paid. As far as budgeting I am still learning! Looking for any suggestions. Young and I are working on several of those right now. Of course, the thing that would help us the most at the moment is income, but slowing the outflow is good too. I would like to say I used to use quicken, but as a Mac user it leaves something to be desires. This past week, however, I switched to moneycenter. You can add just about any sort of account you want banking, retirement, mortgage, credit card, even utilities, etc.

It provides the right amount of granularity in budgeting, etc, and you can look at the data in multiple different ways. I found that focusing on one goal getting rid of all unsecured debt helped us stay focused and energized. While we also tracked our spending in Quicken, maxed our our ks and added to our emergency fund our one and only goal was debt reduction. Great entry! If you want to break the shackles of debt you have to stop using debt devices. Cut up the cards! If something really huge came up where you had to have the card, most companies can authorize a charge without it, or replace within 24 hours.

It just stops the knee-jerk use. Not really a fan of cutting up the cards. I took the approach of taking them out of the wallet, putting them in an envelop and then storing them in the closet. If there was a super need for them I can still go and dig for them, but other than that they are out of sight out of mind. One reason is because it helps you visualize those long term goals. I do this by planing out all my major expenses for the year, forecasting my investment returns, and determining how much to put away in retirement and emergency savings. A friend of mine who had problems with credit cards had a great way of combating those impulse buys.

He would take his credit card and put it in a zip lock bag, fill the bag with water and put it in the freezer. When we wanted to make a purchase with the credit card he would have to take it out of the freezer and let it thaw — giving him a built in hour cooling period before he went to make that purchase. Excellent advice! I was pleased to see that we are doing almost everything on your list and attacking debt in the same way.

My husband was unemployed for almost a year and, although we had a substantial savings, we ate through all of that with him being unemployed. Looking back I know that there were things we could have done differently, but my husband says at least we did that well. He thought we would probably would have had to file bankruptcy if he was in charge :. This is a nice posting. Although you have set things on auto pilot, you still need to monitor what is going on just to ensure things like billpay actually goes through.

Behavior is a key element of getting out of debt. You want to establish a good overall financial habit rather than just paying off debt. It is mathematically inefficient to save while paying off debt, especially if you have high interest debt. Are you going to pay more interest in the long run? Yes, but you will have established a solid basis for when you are out of debt. The worst thing to do when you get out of debt is to get back into debt, because you forgot about the saving portion of your financial habit while focusing on the paying off portion.

Good list. Gives me something easy to track and a monthly goal. Great tips! I appreciate the value of consolidating a conglomerate of information, and putting into simple terms for those working on their personal finances. Great post! What works for me is my excel spreadsheet. I keep in online on google docs, so I can update it either when I am at lunch break or at home. I find it works well for me and it is simple to use since I created it. I tried Quiken and Money before,but somehow it was making budgeting and saving overwhelming.

I use credit card for all my purchases and thus easy to keep track of my expenses. I always have 50 dollars in my wallet that I never use unless noone accepts credit card which is hardly! This keeps me away from vending machines etc. Credit card works well for me for I always pay off at the end of the month. It also gives me cashback. My fav is getting gift cards for starbuck coffee which taste so much better when you receive it from the credit card company.

I never allow them to increase my limit, for I always can tap my savings if I need more than 3, A friend asked me for advice on saving and controlling his 10, credit card debt. Thanks to J. D, I showed him how it can be done and he managed within 10 months. It was a struggle but he did it.

Unfortunately he still thinks budgeting is so uncool and that he knows where his money is going… I have a feeling he is going to rake up his debts again! From someone who never had a budget but just an estimate, trust me…you can go off far on what you are actually spending on.

I am on my 5th month of having a daily budget and I managed to save so much just by studying my spending pattern. I feel like I loose control or the value of money gets lost in all that automation. I still prefer to know where everything is going by paying it myself every month. I feel a sense of control over money and only at that emotion I feel I can handle my money.

This has ensured that I have plenty of time to catch any snafus and make sure the payment is credited before the due date. I do differ in one way from Dave — I am not comfortable taking my account all the way to zero so I retain a small cushion in the account at all times. In my misspent 20s I was a frequent check-bouncer — this discipline to me is sort of like a drunk not taking a drink. Those are some good times, here is one that I really liked after reading about it in Entrepreneur Magazine this month. A co worker of mine just joined and raved about it so I joined as well. They take excellent care of me, calls, appointments, wake up calls, flights, reservations, gifts and I pay 36 dollars a month.

Great service and value, although I wish they also offered errand type services. I forget where I first heard of this, but clearcheckbook. No writing it down on paper to enter later. Both credit cards with balances I pay over the minimum balance with more money going towards the higher interest one. The debt snowball would probably work better for someone that has several small bills instead of just a couple large ones.

One last tip is to set yourself a reasonable, but high goal on where you want to be financially. Tracking expenses is an eye-opener, for SURE! After a year of meticulously recording every penny, we are MUCH more careful with our money. It has really paid off!! Sound financial advice will balance your needs for tomorrow with your needs for today. People can often be better off maximising the money they take out of their casual debt credit cards etc. The best financial people are not those who plan ahead by placing money aside, but by utilising their money in its strongest manner for the circumstances they are.

This will often mean placing some in long-term savings, but the newly-graduated will often be better off long-term spending that money on reducing high-interest debts and providing a larger downpayment on a mortgage than saving for a retirement. Great advice overall, but I have one recommendation regarding getting out of debt… Instead of paying your debt off by the amount owed balances order them by interest rate highest first of course.

Forget trying to practice more than one of these a month. If you do not have the discipline to do one right now what makes you think you can do all 8? I suggest that you attempt to adopt each one of these in the next 8 months. Start with tracking first. You never know how good or bad you are doing without the tracking. I would recommend focusing on the debt with the highest interest rate, not the lowest balance. The card or loan with the highest rate will create further income for the credit card companies. Kill the balances in order of APR.

Great suggestions. I could use some time to organize to the point of making them more manageable for us. Thanks for this post. One question… Does my morgate count for a debt? What is unusual is that i got a higher interest rate on a new checking account last week 3. I just want to thank you for your helpful and simple ideas about money. I began reading your site this summer and this post seems to sum up everything you are about. Nice job and thanks again. Thanks so much for a consistently great, sensible blog.

More power to your elbow! I still refuse to automate finances. After a bad experience where my employer took back part of my bonus and I bounced an automated payment. If you have trouble making payments, perhaps automating is the best thing you can do. Great post JD. Look a little closer:. I like the sequence you laid out.

Budgeting is indeed the first and also most boring and tedious step to better finances. Of course the hope is that my husband will get a job, but in this economy…. The advice that I agree with the most here is that you should educate yourself. Constant research and education will enable you to make better decisions that will benefit you long term. I learned interesting ways on how I can better manage my money and effective methods for earning more money. Good tips. The only thing that I disagree with is your first sentence.

The metrics that you list — the stock market return, the state of the housing market, and the unemployment rate are all things outside of my control. After all which is the more significant accomplishment — paying off a big chunk of your mortgage or having the value of your house rise? Contributing the amount that you need to to your retirment plan and losing money or seeing a small contribution go way up in value? Any year that I am in control of my finances and making smart choices about my money is a good money year for me.

What a great post! My wife and I are following many of these principles and are in the process of fixing our financial mess. Keep up the great work. This post was so helpful! Annie I disagree that none of the post applies to you because your husband lost his job. That is all the more reason to pay heed to this post. An event like that makes it crucial to do things like budget and optimize your accounts, and look at ways to increase your income. All those are addressed in the post.

Either way, they are both on my need to read list. Love this post. I plan on receiving an iPhone very shortly and I know there is a budget app that tracks all of your expenses. You can use Mint. I have been using mint and am very pleased with it. Very easy to use. I worked at a job for 18 yrs where we could save and rollover sick and vacation time. I always made sure that I had at least six months saved on the books for an emergency.

Other employees would use every day that they earned. Fourteen months ago, I became physically disabled due to pain. I had enough time saved to pay me for 8 months. I ran out of time 3 months ago and am now using my cash emergency fund. I will either be cured and able to return to work in months or I will have the medical documentation to apply for permanent disability.

Remember unused sick and vacation time is money in the bank with benefits — health insurance. Fantastic post! There are a few things that I need to work on here such as determining whether now is the right time to open a Roth IRA or to get a rewards credit card. Very informative! Nice compilation of great ways to get a handle of your money. This will be very important as this recession moves along. Lesley i wish i could do that at my job.. There are a lot of great online budgeting tools that people can use. Setting out a plan and being structure is key like you have addressed.

Tip 9 Educate Yourself! All of them are good, but 9 jumps out for me. With that said another option for 9 is to speak with a financial professional. What does this mean? What are signs that would indicate that my money is controlling me, or vice versa? What is the implication of being controlled by my money?

I just find it a bit perplexing that this post is organized like this:. If I was ever unemployed for 6 months, I would get off of my butt and take whatever job I could. It easily meets all my needs for a money tracking software. Runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac. Upgrades are always free. Good stuff, but I would be very cautious on volunteering for paid research. Anything related to pharmaceutical testing, I would cross off my list. And you get to help educate doctors in handling patients, rather than just diseases. Nice Post. I also followed the snow ball method for debt reduction, knocked off 13, dollars in debt frm June till date and I started debt reduction by first opening an emergency account.

Let me explain. When you watch every penny you make and cut your spending so that you can save every dollar, your whole perspective on life changes. Everything becomes about, what am I giving up in order to buy this or do that? I slowly cut out all but the essentials. I saved a good amount of money, which I then prudently invested in stocks a little early… and am now stuck with unrealized losses until the market picks back up.

The problem with this is all that I missed out on. After I decided to change my ways and loosen my spending, I started learning how to make more money. I go out and live life now, make new friends, increase my network and create more worth. I would never have been able to make the decision to make this kind of investment if I had kept watching every penny and weighing every purchasing decision with some guilt trip with the imaginary alternatives. I still track my finances.

But I do live my life, and I do invest in myself and my future and make sure my value continues to grow, as well as the value I can offer others. We found ourselves in the same position a few years ago newly relocated to a new state without jobs. There was no question about jobs as we had already planned to take the FIRST available jobs within reason. We are both Tech professionals but within a week, I landed a retail job at the mall while my husband delivered pizzas. I found a professional job 3 months later.

I understand where John is coming from. Email it directly to J. Every finance site and blog has done at least one article on these topics, and with Google, you can find all you need to know about calculating interest such that you can minimize the amount you need to pay. What are traps that will drive you back towards wanting a new TV and how do you avoid them?

Use this as an example situation:. You max out retirement accounts. You still spend less than you earn. You watch your account balances continue to increase. Why do you continue to save after all your needs are met? Not for retirement, you have a separate account just for that. Not for emergencies, you have enough saved for those already to cover any realistic emergency with any likelihood of actually happening. Yet still, you watch your account balances creep up over time. You begin to wonder — what am I doing this for? I passed the point where I improved my quality of life by eliminating stress caused by finances a while ago, yet here I am, still toiling away for no real benefit other than to increase numbers in a bank account.

Should I be taking more vacations? Why am I saving all this money? If in fact J. He may not need to cover the earlier stages in his financial development as much — after all, he has several years worth of posts covering all that material already, and anyone just starting on this financial path will still be able to look up those archived articles.

I read a lot. In and , I read some books, but they were mostly books about money. What this comes down to, I think, is that wealth does not bring happiness. Debt can be a burden. And nobody wants to reach old age a pauper. I was talking with Kris yesterday about the two topics that I wish I covered more at Get Rich Slowly: entrepreneurship and social capital. It actually sounds to me as if John has discovered the value of both of these things. Maybe I should spend less time on the nuts-and-bolts of finance, and more on the broader view of wealth.

I believe that entrepreneurship is one of the best ways to not only boost income, but to derive job satisfaction. I also believe that social capital is as important — or more important — that financial capital. I like it. I still work hard. Maybe most of the audience is ready to look at some of the next steps, ready to think about the relationship between meaning and money. You know, one thing that would help me move beyond the basics, and to focus on meaning, is to have a way for new readers to more effectively find the core content of this site.

What I personally find great about this blog is that it is a collection of people who actually think about their finances. We are all a different points in our financial lives but the thing we have in common is that we are all putting some thought into it. Very few of my friends and family really want to talk about thier personal finances. I find it great to be able to discuss personal finance with a great group of people. That said I do not always agree with all of you.

Saving a few cents on hot chocolate is not a concern of mine. I think the bigger picture issues of money is to spend in a way that is meaningful to you. I really like the balanced money concept from All Your Worth. It gives people who need to save more a goal point to look to and gives people who have been overly focused on saving permission to spend.

Regarding 4 start an emergency account. Is that not quite your style? Bust Magazine had a great variation on this. Same principle, same fund, but it covers both things you do to your boss or that your boss does to you. I hope and plant o build up residual income now while I am young. I started reading PF blogs two years ago, and I also have grown to the state where articles about how to get out of debt bore me. Even if you look at advanced investing blogs they will have not have these types of discussions, as far as I know they are not there.

However, the internet should be good at catering to more niche topics, more than print magazine can, so the opportunity is probably there. There are plenty of topics I would like to see on PF blogs such as: — stocks something more advanced than US index funds in tax advantaged accounts — investing in stocks outside the US — foreign currency investing — commodity investing — working abroad — what money is and how it works around the world, the history of it, the future of it, etc.

I believe John and JD have put into words what I have spent hours searching for in various pf blogs. I will admit some of the next steps confuse me. Opening a money market — got that, buying bonds or anything else really…hrm, not so comfortable. I think people who have decided to unsubscribe to this blog have been missing something here. I have not felt that this blog is all about simply scrounging to save pennies and not having a full, happy life.

There have been many posts that have addressed this point. I agree that I know the basics and would be happy to see more about life enrichment in non-monetary ways, but I disagree that this site encourages you to be a miserly cash hoarder. I liked the infamous hot chocolate post. I like little hacks about saving pennies, even though I have a great income and plenty of money to spare.

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It makes me happy to know that I am preventing waste in the universe in some way. I reuse sandwich bags. What the heck, you only live once. Reusing plastic bags and stretching hot chocolate mix is a fun game for some of us. If it makes you unhappy, why would you do it? So yes, once you learn the basics, pay off your debt, have emergency fund, etc. The whole point of getting rid of debt and providing for your future financial security is to be free — free from the burden of debt to pursue what your heart desires. I paid off my debt 14 months ago and about 4 months ago completed my emergency fund and began making regular contributions toward retirement.

Now, I am free to pursue what our family always wanted to do more of — skiing and travel. This is a great post and a great blog in general. One thing I struggle with is the concept you touch on repeatedly in terms of not being a slave to your money. My money or my focus on the money has preoccupied my life in the same way. Still, I like that J. For one thing, they are proof that success is possible and also an example of what to consider next. Thanks, J. My only expense now is food and rent, plus utilities and gas for my old beater.

Maybe I should move somewhere cheaper and quit my stupid job? Maybe I should get rid of everything and go on a 1-year sabbatical to SE Asia like the guy at agonist. This is an excellent if broad topic on which to expand. I know yesterday I replied in the negative to your tweet about expanding GRS content, but this is one area that would be really helpful. I sort of feel like J. The first step towards taking control of ones financial life is the hardest.

Creating a database of accurate and comprehensive personal finance information will not only give J. What an interesting discussion! I get just as much out of the discussion as I do the blog. Count me as another one who is debt-free except for the mortgage , maxes out retirement accountas, has a large emergency fund and wonders what next? My father had a sizable chunk of money in his later years. I think he got pleasure watching his bank balances increase each month—at least I hope so. How will I know how much is enough? How much will we need for health care?

The uncertainty of the future is what makes me nervous. Besides Craigslist, how do you find out about those opportunities? Did you contact the university directly? This is also a business for him and he has to keep drawing readers. The idea that comes to mind for me is posting about Stage 1 on Monday, Stage 3 on Friday, etc. My husband and I will pay off the last of our debt this year, have an emergency fund, and are comfortable we are saving enough for retirement. I think the next step is to look at investment vehicles for this money that was previously allocated to debt repayment, but what those are I am not sure.

Back before the Web these opportunities were often listed in the staff-oriented free newspaper that was distributed on campus. You can also call up the medical school, psychology department, etc. I think John is kind of making that same mistake. Can you provide some details on what kind of services do you provide on your computer consulting business and how much time do you dedicate to this.

I have a suggestion for the Method 1, instead of using paid software or paid sites, you can use free software that do the same, like GNU Cash www. Who else noticed the clipart illustrating the utter futility of three gears meshed such that none of the three can ever turn? I tracked ALL of my cash flow for 60 days a few years ago and got out of the habit. Looking forward to Quicken Online. Thanks JD! First, thanks for mentioning both Quicken desktop and Quicken Online as ways to get on top of finances in Your tips are always really helpful, so to be included among them is flattering!

It is amazing how much I was spending unnecessarily. One trick that makes it easier for me is packing up a bunch of lunches in advance on Sundays, and bringing them all in Monday. Keeps me from slipping when I run short on time! I mentioned your tips in the Quicken blog post on the Money Guide we launched last month in partnership with Kiplinger.

I love this site just found it by accident but have learned so much im proud to say i do many of the tips giving but i did get in that watching every penny stage and feeling guilty for spending any money then i felt like i was missing out on life now. I hope this is the year a lot of people wake up and take control of their finances. If the economy gets better this year, I have a feeling people will become more lax as the year goes on. Awesome steps! Perhaps a hidden step is — Just Do Something! Grab a step and get working, then move on the the others. Wow — what a great list J. Once we had paid our debt off and automated a lot of our bill-paying, our financial life became a bit ho hum boring.

Thanks for the reading list and site suggestions. Really great advice. One thing I would add is to find ways of sticking to the new plans. So we need to find ways of staying motivated and continuing to work on them. The other big point I would add is to start your own business. Personally, I focus my mental energy into making the business succeed. Because once that happens, it makes all the above financial points much easier faster.

They are still critical, but they are much easier to achieve once the business consistently makes money. It is so easy to just focus on the spending and saving part of finances, but I think finding ways to increase our income is just as important. One of my goals now is to try to earn more by selling but so far I have not been very successful with that.

Excellent post, J. I have spent the better part of this past weekend and this morning on 1, tracking spending for I even put together a pie chart to get a visual of where our dollars go. I have 22 sub-categories. This was incredibly labor itensive but quite worth it. When you have hard numbers, it sets the stage for cooperation. My husband voluntairly skipped ordering dinner out last night, and took both his breakfast and lunch this morning to work. It is important to me that we leverage every dollar, this honors the hard work and sacrifice that it took to earn each one.

Best wishes for a prosperous New Year to everyone! It is more of a sanity check than an actual budget. You might call it a budgeting TOOL that you would use to evaluate your spending. I like this list! We were able to save in a few categories because we realized we were spending a LOT. This is not only a great list for personal finance newbies but also as a reminder to the rest of us who have been working at it for awhile. This should really be 3, because an emergency fund is so important. People that live paycheck-to-paycheck are playing Russian roulette with their finances.

If you live paycheck-to-paycheck, a true financial emergency would leave you homeless in a matter of weeks. Great list. For me tracking my spending started my financial turnaround. I set up an automatic transfer to put a little in there every month, and any extra money this year will go there as well. Such a great post! I enjoy looking at my graphs and pie charts in Quickbooks and figuring out where I can save money. The more intimidating task I always put off is reconciling my checkbook register.

I enter the majority of debits and deposits, but reconciling at the end of the month is such a pain. I wait until months have piled up. Any suggestions? Does anyone know how to do this? I must say that my family has read the Dave Ramsey books and doing what he says has worked wonders for us. We were able to pay off every single bill, including our mortgage and now we are freely able to build wealth.

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A bit of an aside, but this is why I think sites like lifehacker do more harm than good. I hardly follow J. The goal is financial security, not bullet-list parity with internet tips. About a year ago, I finally started to take responsibilities for my finances. It has been a great to see the improvement I have made since This is a great article because I have actually utilized many of the things on the list.

I put a set amount into a savings account with a credit union every month and while I have had some set back and had to use the money — I had it there to use instead of credit cards. Keeping to the plan. Again, mental planning can trip you up. This is a biggie. I know for me one of the biggies was just getting used to NOT planning on spending all of my money every month. All of these steps working in conjunction can produce a successful Great list!

I have a tip for the renters — if your rent is automatically increased every year, and if you live in an area with rent control, take a minute to see if the increase was in line with the rules. Also, I highly recommend using credit unions. You have a point. I am an obsessive budgeter but the couple times I have tried to record every single transaction my brain has quickly gone numb, and in fact I have found myself in more trouble with larger purchases with no breakdown.

Therefore I think the idea of recording every transaction can be a huge hurdle because of the effort involved and potential for little return on that time investment. With that being said I also understand the point. Where would you start to GET it under control? How would you spend less if you had no idea what you were spending on?

A ledger is fine. But there are a few other ideas that will help people get a handle on their spending. Alas, all this info is 20 years too late to be a millionaire for me. But I still read it faithfully and abide by the many thoughts and ideas you have. I am doing the allocating route this year. I am going to try to make more money this year. At my job it will be impossible work for a non-profit.

So I will have to think of some other way to make more money.

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I am so excited for your book to come out! Ugh…to be 20 again! Thank you for 4. Tracking spending is a great way to get day to day spending under control and to figure out how, where, and why one spends money. We still use Quicken to track our spending but once we got our debt paid off and our habits changed, our spending was controlled by other forces. We found the tracking what we spent more than invaluable when our apartment flooded in October. We were able to show our normal living expenses going six months back which made it much easier for our personal property insurance company to pay our out of pocket living expenses that went over our normal amounts.

What a great way to start off with! Best of luck to everyone and budgeting money this year and for years to come. Picking one item and getting it handled, like tracking your spending with a cash notebook, that is a great idea.

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Samin Nosrat. They informed him that this was because his former possessions were all destined for an auction, where they would be sold for next to nothing and so the volume had to be the byword. Place two dots anywhere on a page, lay a ruler down so you can see both those points, and then draw your line. It is never too early to start. Block out at hours to focus on one of them for today.

Fudging with costs will help a little here and there, but improving your salary or top-line will have a much more dramatic impact on your savings and quality of life. Turns out they were running a large check printing scam and got away with hundreds of thousands because they used such small amounts…. This is a great list! I am at the point where I actually enjoy tracking ever penny and budgeting. I think of it as a hobby, a numbers game.

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Previously I had been tracking everything in a confusing spreadsheet. Nothing really added up, and it was hard to see how much I actually had. It explains the basics of accounting and how to use the program. I set up the program with the most common accounts, and added some accounts relevant to me.

Most notably, I added a Accounts Receivable account for money people owe me, because that always got lost in some corner of my spreadsheet. The program is a bit buggy on my Mac, but it is open source and actively being developed, so there is a good chance any bugs will be fixed in the next update.

Easy bite-sized bits of information to help you get started. I like your simple and prescriptive advice. The little things add up over time and getting smart is the way to go. To get your financial life in order, you need to do this, at least until you realize where all of your money is going. Great reminder to get back on track!

I just set my financial goals for the year, which is another step of accountability for me. Instead I use my debit card for most purchases, and keep very little cash; cash runs like water through my hands. I think I finally have a system down for that though.

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At the beginning of the month, when my paycheck is direct deposited, I subtract out savings, retirement, and all my bills, including a small amount for once a year things like insurance. It seems to be working ok for the moment. I do keep my checkbook balanced, at least a couple of times a month. I check my accounts online several times a week.

I have caught fraud this way before, as well as math errors mine , so I will continue to do that. I have to go out of town for work this week, which is disrupting my financial plans, but the first financial move s of the year for me will be this:. Great post GRS! One more thing that get people back where they started is lack of emmergency fund. No matter what life will still happen!

Tires will blow, transmissions will quit, pipes will block or roofs will leak. Emmergency fund is your life jacket.

Wow, I feel so guilty upon reading this article. I would say though that these 10 steps are useful beyond I also mention how to invest intelligently in the stock market. Congratulations for the post! This is a great post! This change is definitely one that has to start mentally. My wife and I are getting out of debt in ! Click my name to follow our progress on my website!

It is a good feeling and nice to see the finish line for going debt-free in sight. But would not have gotten there without all this great advice from GRS. I think I will take a crack at tracking my spending. Supplies for projects uncompleted. Duplicates of small and large items. Three nail clippers, two sets of gardening gloves etc… My overspending is sitting in over 20 boxes in the shed waiting to be sent to goodwill. This is a collection of probably one of the most useful tips collated in an article. What i feel, however, is most people who are careless with their money lacks basic organizing skills.

In order to follow the above mentioned tips, the most important thing is to get organized and being responsible.