Creating your first budget can feel overwhelming at first. That's why I put together the Step-by-Step Guide to creating a budget. And to properly organize your budget, I've compiled a comprehensive list of budget categories to get you started! I personally organize my budget into 4 different sections: IncomeBillsDaily SpendingSavings Buckets This helps you separate your fixed expenses … [Read more...] about 138 Personal Budget Categories To Use In Your Budget
YNAB is one of the most popular budgeting apps out there. I have personally used several versions of it over the past decade, and currently track our budget with YNAB even today! If you search on Reddit or other popular money forums, you will see overwhelmingly positive reviews, and lots of fans that adore everything about YNAB. But it's not for everyone. And instead of simply NOT budgeting … [Read more...] about 5 YNAB Alternatives (2021): Cheaper (and Free) Budgeting Apps
If you experience job loss or any other MAJOR financial emergency in your life, read this guide to find out EXACTLY how to handle your money. And make sure to grab your FREE budget template to make your own EMERGENCY BUDGET TODAY! Do You Have An Emergency Fund? Most traditional financial advice tells you to save 3-6 months of expenses in an emergency fund to protect against things like … [Read more...] about Emergency Budget: How To Budget Your Money During An Emergency
What Is The 50 30 20 Rule? The 50 / 30 / 20 Rule was first coined by Elizabeth Warren and her daughter in her book All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan. It's a simple rule to give a general guideline on how to budget your money. Here's a breakdown of how it works: 50% of your income goes toward your "Needs" (Housing, Groceries, Utilities, Transportation, Bills, Insurance, Debt … [Read more...] about The 50/30/20 Budget: A Simple Guide (and Free Template!)
With a cult-like following, YNAB (stands for "You Need A Budget"), which started as a custom spreadsheet, has turned into a complete budgeting solution, helping users "save over $6,000 in their first year using the software!" But is all the hype true? I've been using YNAB for over a year, and wanted to give a fair and honest review, so keep reading to see if YNAB is the best budgeting app … [Read more...] about YNAB Review (2020): The Perfect Budgeting App?
When it comes to budgeting apps, Mint has held the top spot for a long time. It started in 2006, boasts over 15 million users, and is owned by the tech giant Intuit. But how does it stack up as a budgeting tool? Can it really help you save money and hit your goals? I have used Mint on and off over the past 10 years, and recently jumped back in to give a complete review and see how it stacks … [Read more...] about Mint Review 2020: The Best Free Budgeting App?