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What Is Your Best Affordable Gift Idea?

Buying gifts can wreak havoc on your holiday budget, but having a list of inexpensive present ideas stops you from overspending. What are your best affordable gift ideas?


The Civilization-Inspired Budget Gives You Instant Feedback On Your Spending Habits

Budgets tend to be boring, one-size-fits-all affairs that are incredibly tough to stick with because they don’t really scale with you. Blogger Alex Recker and his wife were looking for their own solution, and drew on the game Civilization to find their answer.


Make A More Realistic Budget With These Rules Of Thumb For Irregular Expenses

Budgeting is pretty easy when you have regular income and regular monthly bills, but don’t forget to plan for non-monthly expenses. NerdWallet tells us how much we should set aside for things like car maintenance and other necessary expenses.


Streamline Your Budget With These Excel Shortcuts

There are plenty of awesome online tools to help you manage your budget, but there’s nothing wrong with good, old-fashioned Excel, either. And these shortcuts can help make your spreadsheet budgeting a little easier.


All The Ways Being Single Saves You Money

A reader recently asked me what sort of life strategies are useful for a single person who is already on the road to financial independence. I’m lucky to be married with a family, but it got me thinking: If I were suddenly single again with no wife or children and had my current financial state, what would I do?


Use A Spending Plan Instead Of A Budget To Give Yourself More Flexibility

Having a carefully categorized budget is great if you know exactly what you want to spend money on each month. If you need a bit more flexibility, however, try a spending plan instead.


Top 10 Things About Money Everyone Should Know

Money rules might be simple, but they’re not always easy to stick to. If you want to build wealth, you have to constantly work on your money habits and rethink your relationship with money. Here are some of the best personal finance tips we’ve shared over the years that everyone should learn or relearn.


If You've Budgeted Well, You Don't Need To Feel Guilty About Every Purchase

Budgeting your money is a good, healthy, terribly guilt-inducing habit. If you get to a point where you’re saving money, spending reasonably, and have a plan, however, you don’t need to feel guilty for every single purchase.


What Do You Splurge On That's Worth It?

Some products and services are worth spending more money on, like a comfortable bed or durable kitchen equipment. What are you willing to shell out for that is worth the extra money you’ll pay for it?


Switch Up Your Spending Strategy To Avoid Budget Burnout

It can be hard to get used to a budget, especially if you’re not great with money. It takes time to adjust to a spending plan, but if you keep failing at your budget, or if you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, it’s probably time to switch up your strategy.


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