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Getting Finances Done



Your Guide to Stress-Free Financial Control. Personal finance tips.



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Two Common Objections To Using A Cash Budget

Mon, 03 May 2010 18:57:17 +0000

People have a big resistance to using cash in their budget. We’ve become so accustomed to using debit and credit cards that using cash is like a novelty. I wanted to address a couple of the concerns people have and why they don’t outweigh the huge benefits of using cash. Objection #1: It’s Inconvenient One […]



11 Guidelines For Using Cash In Your Budget

Fri, 30 Apr 2010 18:26:15 +0000

1. You don’t have to use cash for everything. Here’s how to tell in which categories you should use cash. To reap the benefits of using cash in your budget, you don’t have to go exclusively to cash. Some may choose to go exclusive, but it’s not necessary. Instead, identify which categories will be most […]



Benefits of a Cash Budget – Part 2

Thu, 29 Apr 2010 18:54:36 +0000

Be sure to check out part 1 about the benefits of a cash budget. In that article I explain how cash is the ultimate tool to help you control your spending and staying within your budget. In part 2, I explain how budgeting will help save you time in the budgeting process. How Cash Will […]



Benefits of a Cash Budget – Part 1

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 18:17:52 +0000

In this article series of articles, I have recorded somewhat of a manifesto for using cash in your budget. You can listen to the whole thing in my podcast for week 4 of my 12 Weeks to Fiscal Fitness program, Using Cash In Your Budget. In week 3 I talked in considerable detail about how […]



Frugality Tips

Mon, 12 Apr 2010 19:20:24 +0000

I recently received a request to answer a few questions about frugality. The request came from CESI Debt Solutions who had posted quotes from 19 other personal finance bloggers that you can read here. That article was then picked up by Time magazine and as a follow up CESI Debt Solutions wanted to publish even […]



How To Create Your First Working Budget With Excel Or Pen And Paper

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 16:19:19 +0000

This video shows how to create your first working budget with excel. If you want to use pen and paper I would recommend printing out a blank copy of my Working Budget Excel spreadsheet. You can get a free copy by subscribing to my newsletter on the right. You could also create your own spreadsheet […]



How To Create Your First Working Budget With Quicken And Excel

Thu, 08 Apr 2010 16:23:06 +0000

To start off, if you haven’t viewed Emily’s screencast on using Quicken with your zero-based budget, you’ll want to do that first. You can receive a copy of the Working Budget excel file shown in the screencasts below by subscribing to my newsletter on the right. Step 1 – Set up your accounts If you […]



Zero-based budgeting with Quicken

Thu, 08 Apr 2010 16:21:55 +0000

For years my wife and I had to make due with trying to make Quicken work using a zero-based budget. While Quicken simply isn’t made for zero-based budgeting, we did find a cool hack that lets us keep track of our money in a way very similar to a zero-based budget. It’s kind of like […]



Holiday Hangover?

Fri, 05 Feb 2010 23:44:04 +0000

The dust has settled from the holidays, the bills have come in, and the damage has been done. How did you fare financially during the holidays? Did you overspend or did you stay on budget? After reviewing our holiday spending we actually came out almost exactly on target. That’s not to say we spent exactly […]



9 ways to overpend this Christmas

Thu, 03 Dec 2009 16:11:34 +0000

1. Don’t set a budget Budgets put such a damper on holiday spending. It’s much more enjoyable to not be constrained by a well-thought-out plan. 2. Don’t budget any money for giving gifts to anyone but immediate family Sure you’ll end up buying gifts for the office party, all your friends, and neighbors, but it’s […]