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Achieving financial security doesn’t happen overnight, but it can happen with a detailed plan and some discipline to boot. Get started with these four easy-to-follow steps.

We all come from different backgrounds, have had different life experiences and are probably in different stages of life.  We do however have one thing common despite all of our difference.  If we are not where we want to be financially, it is usually ourselves that we have to blame.  

Preparing a budget is an important step in becoming financially fit. If you just prepare a budget based on what you are currently spending, you might not really be helping yourself all that much.  Your current spending habits in certain areas may be more than what is optimal to gain financial freedom.  What you really need to do is allocate your monthly income using a budget pie assigning percentages to the important categories.

Categories: Budgeting, Finances, Spending

Summer with your kids can be great without breaking the bank! Because summer camps, childcare, and sports leagues can get expensive, it’s helpful to remember a few tips to save money and still have fun this summer.

People have a tendency to make financial matters more complicated than they really need to be. Complicated planning worksheets, detailed budgets and net worth calculations and other financial tools can all become overwhelming.  Sometimes, the best way to achieve big goals is to make your plans as simple as possible. Why is keeping is simple so important?  It is because you are more likely to follow through if the process is simple and easily repeatable week after week.

Categories: Budgeting, Saving, Spending

It can be easy for spending to get out of control during the holiday season. That’s why it’s important to remember that you’re the boss! Instead of letting your money control you this holiday season, start controlling your money. You’ll feel happier when the season is over if you still have some cushion in your wallet.

In today’s fast paced world, financial matters often don’t receive the attention that they should and this can be very detrimental to one’s long term financial well-being. If you don’t have time to make smart financial decisions, then it would be best if you take actions to help you make the right decisions much quicker.  The best way, simplify your financial activities.

A recent study by the Federal Reserve cited that non-housing,  household debt has risen 3.3% in the last quarter of 2013.  And a majority of US households indicated a financial setback of $5,000 or more would be a major financial catastrophe  Much of it can be attributed to the fact that 2/3’s of US households don’t have a spending plan.

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