Frugal living and budgeting are not the same thing. I want to separate those ideas in your mind. They are two different things. You can do them at the same time. Budgeting may lead to frugal living. But they are not the same. Period.
Did you ever hear the phrase, "You are your own worst enemy."? I subconsciously fall prey to this all the time. I beat myself up for things beyond my control, sabotage diets, and yes bust my budget all without realizing I am in control of my own destiny.
It is not secret that where you live can influence different lifestyle different lifestyle habits. Regional factors can influence your employment, housing and even retirement. Our CareOne customer bloggers are spread out across the states and bring that unique regional view to their debt stories.
Thanks to the new transaction fee rules that took effect January 27, 2013, for both Visa and Mastercard credit and charge transactions you may now be charged up to 4% just to swipe your card.
I believe in this statement, and really have no trouble putting money into the savings account. What I have trouble with is taking money back out of the savings account.
What do you do to make life on a budget more enjoyable, easier, and just plain better? How do you manage fun and your money at the same time? Enter our monthly Share the Wealth contest, and tell us your solution to some of life's challenges. Each month, we'll post a new question and look for your innovative answers. You could win a $250 gift card!
Which are the most valuable online tools for supporting your dreams? Here are some favorites from my friends and myself.
Renting to own, is this a good financial move or you basically burning money like a 19 year old NBA rookie?
I've noticed that this way of life causes a lot of anxiety, which I'm sometimes not even aware of until after I pay a bill. Since I began the DMP, I've become more aware of my bills and expenses and have realized that I will feel a lot better if I don't ignore my bills-this might make me feel less overwhelmed by them.
I sat down and was able to create a budget for my son that would have him back out of credit card debt by May, have his airfare saved up by July, and his cruise paid off when it is due in October. I was also able to make it work so that he could have over $1,000 in an emergency fund by the end of this year. I told him that I wanted his budget, as it was much more simplified than my own.
When I left the company, I lost touch with him, but through mutual acquaintances I had heard that he too left the company to pursue another interest that did not pan out...and then 9/11 hit. When 9/11 hit, the industry that he was so successful in, like so many other industries, took a huge hit and he could not find work. His wife filed for divorce not long after that and for a period of three years, he was out of work and struggling, to say the least.
Here are 11 tips to recover from your holiday spending spree and get your finances back on track.
It was three years ago yesterday that I sent a private message to a CareOne employee in response to a post in the community looking for customers willing to share their journey while enrolled in the DMP. We had only been enrolled in the DMP for six months, and everything about it and how our lives had changed was still new and fresh, and scary.
Sure, many things in life are inescapably complex: calculus, automatic transmissions, human relations, the federal tax code. But even these can be broken down into parts and addressed one item at a time. Which means that pretty much everything can be made simpler. So when life gets too complicated, take yourself back to the basics.
The New Year brings a fresh start for many of us. It may mean a dedication to your health, finally paying off your debt, or maybe filing for divorce.
Chances are that you've heard that you should "give every dollar a job." This is the case when it comes to your savings as well. Sometimes, it's hard to get excited about saving up money when you don't have a purpose for your money. As you arrange your finances, and plan for the future, don't forget to give your savings a job.
Controlling your money takes daily action. If you want to control your money you have to pay attention to what it's doing every day. Every. Single. Day.
Well, once again life hit, and with some of the financial blows my household took, my planned date of graduation came and went. I will say, it was a little depressing. I was looking forward to being "done" early and celebrating my success.
I am a bit of a control freak, and I love charts and graphs. I think on some level they make me think I am controlling the information in them. Maybe it is because control is about power and information is power.
Regular payments would have had to have been made throughout his 7th grade school year. Vonnie and I crunched the numbers several times, but with our finances as they were then, we just couldn't find a way to afford the trip. We sadly told Tristan that he would not be able to go.
Good organization is the kind that produces more efficient and more effective outcomes for you, as a matter of course. That's how you judge it.
Many people just toss the receipt in the nearest trash can on their way out of the store. I'm guilty of that as well, how about you? Over time, I have come to realize that receipts are really quite useful pieces of paper that can save me money in several ways.
But for right now, I thought I'd blog on the light side and check in with everyone about my victories and defeats in December . . . a dangerous month for spending. I like confessions, they keep me accountable, so here goes.
CareOne is pleased to announce our second CareOne Gives Back Giveaway: Resolutions Rock
I had goals set in my budget, but in December I didn't stay focused and fell off the wagon.
In addition to the blogs, be sure to check out the new CareOne Groups:
Are you finally out on your own and figuring out how to balance your finances? If so, this is the group for you. In Starting Out, you can talk about the challenges you are dealing with in a group of like-minded people.
Do you feel like you are finally understanding what being a "grown-up" is all about and are settling into your adult life? If so, this is the group for you. In Settling In you can connect with others who are just like you.
Struggling to balance all that an established lifestyle has to offer? The balancing it all group is for you. Discuss the challenges you face when your responsibilities at work, at home and with family and friends all compete for your attention.
Are you currently retired or planning on retiring very soon? If so, this is the group for you. Times have changed and so has retirement. Learn how others are redefining retirement.