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Budgeting is the root of your financial tree. If the roots are strong, your tree will grow strong and big.

Budget well, and you’ll know how much you can spend, save, invest, give, and put toward debt. Budget well, and you can expand into every other part of finance.

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After we’re done, you’ll have a budget that reflects who you are, is easy to maintain, and will skyrocket you toward your life goals.

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The 7 Best Budgeting Methods

This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclaimer for more info. There are many different budgeting methods out there floating around in the ocean of information that we call the internet. Some are simple and some are complicated. A lot of them don’t work. This makes it hard to find a method that will work for you. Why is budgeting so difficult? For that, I think we need to look at the definition of “budget.” Merriam-Webster defines the verb of budget two separate ways with those being broken out in two additional ways each. So that’s four possible definitions

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Here's how to make real progress on your goals in the new year and beyond.

7 Ways to Make Real Progress on Your Goals in 2019 and Beyond

Studies have shown that not very many people keep their New Year’s resolutions. A few years ago, U.S. News reported that two weeks into February, about 80% of those who set resolutions had given up on them already. Back in 1988, a study was published by John Norcross and Dominic Vangarelli where a group of 200 people were tracked with their New Year’s resolutions for two years. They found that only 77% were able to last a week and only 19% had success after the 2 years.  Not much has changed in the span of almost 30 years. Why is

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4 Steps to Reframe Your Debt Mindset

4 Steps to Reframe Your Debt Mindset

Reports are out that American household debt has reached a record high of just over $13.5 trillion. Let’s type that out in round numbers.  $13,500,000,000,000 That’s a lot of zeros! With that number, there is $837 billion more debt than there was in 2008 just before the Great Recession rocked the world.  That means one thing. Americans might be taking on too much debt.  Where is the Debt Coming From? According to the New York Federal Reserve Bank, a little over a third is housing related in the form of mortgages and HELOCs (home equity lines of credit). Housing debt

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Change What Matters

Changing What Matters: Here’s How to Make Meaningful Changes to Your Money and Life

I just got back from a very restful vacation to Disney World with my family. It was great to see my wife and kids the whole day. My mom even came with us this time, which was enjoyable. But Disney World is a double-edged sword these days for me. Note: I promise there is a point to what follows so stick with me. 🙂 I love the food, atmosphere, rides, and everything else, but the customer experience has been lacking the past few years in Disney World. They’ve changed the way things work with lines to where it has actually

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7 Unconventional Tips for Saving Money This Holiday Season (and One for Next Year)

In just a few weeks, most of us will be spending time with our families, exchanging gifts, and eating more than we should for the second time in about a month. The holidays are certainly coming up fast! Luckily, there is still time to save money on gifts. There are some normal ways you can save money, like making a list, checking it twice, and actually sticking to it. What I want to give you today are some unconventional tips that you may not have thought of for saving money during the holiday gift-giving extravaganza. Here are seven not-so-normal ways

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8 Ways to Treat Your Christmas List Like a Budget

8 Ways to Treat Your Christmas List Like a Budget

Have you ever gotten through with the holidays come January and thought, “Where did my money go?” You might have opened up your credit card bill or bank statement and thought “I spent how much on Christmas gifts?!” I’ve been there before. The first year I was married my wife and I bought Christmas gifts for everyone. It was about 20 to 25 people—and bought an ornament for everyone on top of that. Needless to say, we spent way too much money. I’ve tried quite a few tips over the years to help rein in my Christmas spending. All of them

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"9 Ways to Take Your Budget to the Next Level" Course

Take your budget to the next level with this email course. You’ll get 9 tips to level up your budget and clear next steps to take so you can take action today!

Where should I send the course?