Financial Organization

How to Plan Your Monthly Budget

If you have not created a budget yet, or are interested in how I suggest creating a budget, go ahead and check out my first post in the series to get yourself started! Alright, so you have determined your monthly income, listed out your mandatory and discretionary expenses, and balanced your budget to ZERO for your first month.  If not, go ahead and create your first budget here. But how do you keep yourself organized and accountable for creating a new budget each and every month BEFORE the new month begins? How do you plan your monthly budget? What you […]

Using the Cash Envelope System

Have you heard of Dave Ramsey?  One of his popular suggestions is his cash envelope system.   While we are not currently using cash for everything, we do our best to use cash only for eating out, fun activities, and groceries.   These are the budget categories that we were constantly going over budget – sometimes hundreds of dollars over!   Using cash has helped us control our spending and in the process helped us stay on track to paying off more debt. What is the cash envelope system? The cash envelope system is really just what it sounds like […]

How to Start the Path to Pay off Debt

I love creating a budget! I really do enjoy working with the numbers and getting creative in how to make money work for me and not against me.  Since college, I have had a wide array of different budgets depending on my situation.  From planning ahead just a few months to make it through a semester to planning for a whole year and beyond, I have used the same basic style.  I try to estimate what I will need over the course of a specific set of months for each budget category and put aside an amount each month based […]

How to Improve Your Budget

I would venture to guess that most people have a hard time saving their money.  In fact, 62% of Americans have this problem.  Saving your money is a big step on the road to improve your budget. Don’t get me wrong, I know some people who are awesome at it and it has really paid off, but it definitely takes some self-control and perseverance! Michael and I are realllllyyy good at saving up a big chunk of money about every year or so and then deciding that we reallllllyyy need whatever it is that we splurge our savings on. Whoops! […]