Know How to Make Smart Financial Decisions?

Posted by Kevin Nielsen on Apr 11, 2017 9:53:22 AM

A lot of our financial decisions come down to whether we should spend money or not. Looking at our finances as a whole, that should be a simple decision, but most of us aren't very good at keeping our spending under control or adhering to our budget perfectly.

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Topics: Reaching Financial Goals

It's About Time to Look at Your Finances

Posted by Kevin Nielsen on Mar 28, 2017 10:03:32 AM

If you’re going to take a look at your finances, what timeframe do you use? For most of us it’s this week, this month or some other short period of time that revolves around our paychecks or bills.

Time can help you gain a different perspective by widening our viewpoint. Plus, there are bigger picture things we can learn just from looking at our finances over time.

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Don't Lose Your Financial Focus in an Instant

Posted by Kevin Nielsen on Mar 21, 2017 9:41:08 AM

Is it just me or are there more landmines than ever when it comes to making the right financial decision.

Most tempting offers or inviting purchases don't take into account your specific financial situation, even if they're handpicked for your mobile device by whichever algorithm is in control. A week ago I had an "offer" that caught my eye and made me think just a little bit harder about what I should pay attention to and where I shouldn't pay attention.

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Four Steps to Financial Success in the New Year

Posted by Kevin Nielsen on Dec 27, 2016 11:34:31 AM

Take a mental snapshot of your finances. Would you consider that picture a pleasant one or a stressful one? 

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Achieving Your New Year's Resolution

Posted by Kevin Nielsen on Dec 13, 2016 10:08:31 AM

Most people's New Year’s resolutions are obvious. Sorry, but it’s true, even if it would take me three guesses.

The 10 most common resolutions are to lose weight, get organized, spend less, get healthier, live life to the fullest, help others, live your dreams, spend time with family, quit smoking and fall in love.

They’re so common because they’re difficult to do for an entire year and every January you have the opportunity to give it another go. Well, 2017 will be different. Your resolutions may not be, but accomplishing them will.

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How to File Your Taxes for Free

Posted by reagan.nickl on Mar 24, 2015 4:49:13 AM

Its that time of year again, and you’re either enjoying a sneak peek of Spring weather or you’re like 25% of other Americans who still haven’t filed their taxes. Filing your taxes can be confusing and frustrating, but it’s also necessary to stay on the path of financial freedom.

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Topics: Reaching Financial Goals, Family Finances, Life in General, Tips and Tricks

The Apple Watch and What It Means for the Way You Budget

Posted by reagan.nickl on Mar 11, 2015 10:59:00 AM

People whispering and talking into their watches sounds like a scene from an old spy movie, but with the new Apple Watch - the latest in Apple Inc’s flagship product line up - that scene will soon be reality.

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Topics: Reaching Financial Goals, Smartphone apps, Announcements

Does Daylight-savings-time Save Money? 5 Tips to Save Time and Money

Posted by david.smith on Mar 6, 2015 10:13:14 AM

When it comes to daylight savings time, most peoples’ reactions are anything but enthusiastic. This year, instead of rolling your clocks forward, try moving forward on your lost New Year’s resolution to tackle your budget and jump out of debt- after all, it is “savings” time.

Whether you are trying to lose weight or get out of debt, the process of accomplishing your goal is the same. You need to remain dedicated and focused beyond simply deciding to make a change on January 1st - or March 8th. Although I can’t offer any insight on losing weight, here are some helpful tips for proper budgeting to kick off your daylight “savings” time in style:

Pay Attention to What Your Stress is Telling You

Everyone experiences stress and the headache of handling their personal finances. Instead of trying to bury or ignore your stress, try embracing it and recognizing the opportunity for positive changes in your financial life. The stress you feel is an indicator that something isn’t right - and its not. Use this time to rededicate yourself to living within your income and paying down debts.

This tip may seem simple, but it is a common tale to hear of people ignoring their finances only to return to a pile of debt, repos, and foreclosures. That type of stress will take a toll on your mental health and doesn’t go away. Keep in mind that you are not the only one that suffers from poor financial decisions. Your family, friendships, and even your career depend on you making wise decisions and remaining free from the stress living paycheck to paycheck.

Pay Off Student Loans (And Other Debts) Early and Often

Although student loans are typically considered “good debt,” no one likes having any kind of debt hanging over their heads. Student loans are unique in that they are a little different from other loans. It is important that you identify what type of loan you have - subsidized or unsubsidized - and determine how much interest you are paying on top of the principal.

Reevaluate Your Income and Expenses

Try reevaluating your budget and determine which expenses you could cut back on and then allocate the difference to paying your off your debt quicker. Items like your cell phone, cable bill, and even food choices often have less expensive alternatives.

Evaluate the small, everyday spending decisions that you may have not noticed. By recognizing that you could save up to two dollars per day by making your own coffee and skipping the expensive coffee chain, will help you become for budget conscious. Digitally tracking when, where, and how often you are spending can be an invaluable asset when holding yourself accountable to your budget.

Sell What You Don’t Use

Be honest with yourself. Most of us hold on to old Ipods, phones, computers, furniture, and even designer clothing that we haven’t worn since high school. Turn to sites like Craigslist, Ebay, and other local classified-ad sites to help dump your unusables and turn them into cold, hard cash.

Unexpected cash flow is another great way to continue to pay down your debts if you can resist the urge to splurge!

Focus on What You Can Control

At the end of the day, there are some things you can control and others that you can’t. Always remember that you control when, where, and how you spend your money. When you make wise and considered financial decisions everything else will fall into place.

Overall, your finances rank at the top of the most important aspects of your life, so make this Sunday - daylight savings time - a time to change and a time to save.

How will daylight savings time change your life?

If you haven’t already, sign up for Mvelopes for free, and stop stressing and start saving!

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Topics: Envelope Budgeting, Reaching Financial Goals, Family Finances

Tapping into Your Retirement Savings to Buy Your First Home

Posted by david.smith on Sep 10, 2014 6:23:33 AM

Guest post by Alanna Ritchie

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Topics: Reaching Financial Goals, Family Finances, Life in General, Applied Principles

Save $1000 in 5 months with this one tip

Posted by Megan Pacheco on Jul 1, 2014 5:37:33 AM

Limit Your Grocery Budget to $400 a Month and Build Your Emergency Fund!

Most Americans spend anywhere from $600 - $720 a month on groceries--that’s according to a recent Gallup poll. Food is, by far, the second largest expense for most of us, outside of our rent or mortgage payment.

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Topics: Envelope Budgeting, Reaching Financial Goals, Family Finances, Life in General, Tips and Tricks