Budgeting and Personal Finances 

Over 100 Articles to Help You Start a Budget and Manage Your Money Better

"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something." 

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Learn how to start a budget, how to stick to a budget, and most importantly, how to live better while doing it! If you are new to budgeting, it's time to get started. If you're not so new to budgeting, it's time to get back on track. And we're here to help! Start with our budgeting articles below, then check out our Site Map for more of our money-saving and frugal living topics. Our money saving newsletter, Living a Better Lifeģ, is published monthly by email. Sign up for your free membership and ebook gifts at the top right corner of this page.  

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Budgeting Articles: 

Basic Budgeting - For Those Who Hate to Budget 

6 Ways to Get Motivated to Achieve Your Financial Goals

8 Guiding Lessons Learned on Our Financial Journey

15 Ways to Create More Cash

Afraid of a Budget?

Avoid the Christmas Budgeting Blues

Balancing Act of Budgeting

Before You Spring for It

Beware of Bankers Touting Home Equity Loans

Budgeting for Couples - Living on One Income 

Budgeting for Students

Budgeting Housing Costs

Budgeting on a Low Income - Money Tips

Budgeting When Your Paycheck Varies

Can I Afford This?

Can't Afford Dental Care?

Caregivers of Aging Parents Have A Little Known Source

Charitable Contributions-Part One

Charitable Contributions-Part Two

Checklists to Organize Your Life, Time, and Sanity

Compound Interest - A Basic Investment Tool

Controlling Bank Fees

Credit Card Surprise

Developing Your Personal Creativity - a Powerful Force

Donít Get Mauled at the Mall

Dragging the Tin Woodsman on Your Journey to Financial Success

Early Retirement Journey - It's Highs and Lows

Envelope Budgeting Method - Budget Building 101

Facing Life's Challenges -- Unemployment and Relocation of our Family

Facing Your Financial Fears

Financial Difficulties - One Step at a Time

Financial Spring Cleaning

From the Editor - Wrapping up the Year

Get Motivated to Achieve Your Financial Goals

Get Serious About Your Money

Getting Organized

Getting Out of the Permabroke Mode

Getting Started with Good Financial Habits

Help Your Children Manage Their Own Money

How Did I Get In This Mess?

How Much Should I Put Down?

How Much Should I Spend on Housing?

How Much Should My Grocery Budget Be?

How to Maximize Your Hard Earned Money

How to Negotiate Lower Interest Rates

How to Organize Bill Paying In 3 Easy Steps

How to Stick to Your Budget

Improving Financial Skills

Impulse Buying

In Debt?  Out of Debt?  Take Our Poll

Itís Never Too Little or Too Late

It's Only Money

Impulse Buying: A Terrible Illness

Investing Tips for the New Year

I Just Earned $140 with One Phone Call

I'm Mad as Heck, and I'm NOT Going to Take it Anymore

I Want My Money Back

Keep Your Budget Current

Keeping Commitments

Kicking the Habit

Learning to Live on One Income

Life Continues to Bring Us New Encounters

Life Works - Never Lose Sight of Hope and Promise

Living on What's Left

Living Paycheck to Paycheck: Part 1

Living Paycheck to Paycheck: Part 2  (How a Budget Should Work - Making a Plan)

Low Interest Balance Transfers

Managing Your Money: But It's only $18 a Month

Meet the New Economy--Warts and All

Money Basics - What are Your Priorities?

Mom's Finances

Money is a Family Affair

Money Spending Danger Zone


Not Sure Where Your Money Went?  

Not Unless You Have Money to Burn

Now That I'm Saving Money, What Next?

Only You Can Prevent Money Problems

Our Kids and Their Money

Piggyback Mortgages and PMI

Planning - The Key to a Successful Financial Journey

Preparing for the Worst

Put Away Those Childish Spending Behaviors

Retirement - A Journey, Not a Destination

Rewarding Yourself Along Your Journey to Financial Success

Save Money Using a Price Book

Save Your Money And Your Sanity

Setting Your Financial Priorities

Should I Buy a House Now or Later?

Should I Declare Bankruptcy?

Should You Keep a Budget?

Single Moms Scare Easily: Four Ways to Begin Coping

Spending More than You Make

Start by Planning Your Retirement Journey Ė Then Deal with the Side Roads

Strategies Practiced by Creative Savers

Strategies To Show Me The Money

Tax Lien Certificates - America's Best Kept Investment Secret

Tax Refunds, are You Really Getting What You're Due?

The 3 "Pís" Will Help You Achieve Your Goals

The Envelope Method

The Envelope System In a Cashless Society

The Five Minute Financial Freedom Machine

The Millionaire's Mentality

The Most Costly Expense of All

The Philosophical Tip at Pizza Hut

Three Critical Elements for Successful Budgeting

Tips for Buying Your First Home

Tips for Selling Your Home

Try My Budget

Using Credit Card Company Checks for Emergency Home Repairs

Vanguard: A Solid Mutual Fund Company

Ways to Increase the Balance in Your Savings Account

What to Pay When You Can't Pay Everything

What You Need to Know About Your Credit Report

When Does It Make Sense to Borrow?

When the Going Gets Tough, We Must Get Tougher

When Someone Wants to Borrow Money

Why I Don't Invest In The Stock Market

Why Some Budgets Don't Work and How To Fix It

You Have More Money in Your Pocket Than You Think

You May Have Lost Hundreds, or Even Thousands of Dollars Last Year

Your Checking Account

Your Finances - Which Family are You?

Your Social Security

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