Can Big Data Help Your Personal Finances?

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Did you see this one coming? You most likely have heard some chatter at work from the IT guys about big data. Or maybe you overheard folks over in the marketing department hooting and hollering about how Big Data is completely transforming marketing and sales. Yeah, but what about you? Can big data point the [...]

Patch The Hole First! Know Where Your Money’s Going!

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You most likely have at least noticed the back and forth debates on the federal budget. One common theme that kept showing up was plugging the holes in the budget. Well guess what, plugging the holes in your own personal finances can have a much more profound effect. Consider that it makes no cents (pun [...]

Your Spring Cleaning Isn’t Finished Until You Do These Things

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Spring cleaning—it’s a time-honored ritual marking a transition from the dreary winter to the care-free summer months full of vacations, picnics, family reunions and all the leisure activities harsh winters do not permit. Chances are your spring cleaning is already in the rear view mirror … but maybe not!

I Challenged My Wife To Fix Our Budget – Month 1 Update

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Last time we talked about this in I Challenged my Wife to Fix our Budget, I explained to you how having our love bug has raised our expenses by nearly 50% in the house category. I also talked about how it was time for a change, and I turned over the budget to my wife and [...]

I Challenged my Wife to Fix our Budget

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So one day I’m updating our budget, aka spending plan, with expenses, and I start to do some analysis to figure out what our average “house” expenses are since we are now feeding four people instead of three.

How to Budget Like a Millionaire!

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Budgeting is the process of creating a plan to spend your money. Creating this spending plan allows you to determine in advance whether you will have enough money to do the things you need to do or would like to do. Remember I am a fan of telling my money what to do, so I’m [...]

Should You Over Extend Your Budget for an Extended Warranty?

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An extended warranty is available on almost every conceivable electronic device or mechanical item you purchase. These warranties kick in when the manufacturer’s warranty expires. You can also purchase warranty coverage for major systems and infrastructure in your home, new construction or existing. In short, everything from microwave ovens, to laptops, to new or used [...]

Budget—It’s Not a Four Letter Word

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Budget—it seems like a four letter word because we fail at it so often. Do you know why we routinely fail at budgeting? There are three main reasons. First, it’s a pain in the butt. It requires some serious discipline and willpower … like an exercise regimen. The second reason we fail is that we [...]

Shopping for Bargains—It’s about More than the Price Tag

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Budgeting is an absolute necessity for the majority of us these days. We find ourselves beset on all sides by the financial perils of unemployment, restricted credit, debt, the specter of inflation, market uncertainties and the list goes on. It is unremarkable that as a result of this mindset, we seek out the least expensive [...]

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