One Budgeting Tip that Makes Budgeting Easier than Vacationing

Record it immediately. Yep, that's my tip. Over the last year, I've been frustrated at how poorly I've been keeping records and budgets.  I guess I do have an excuse.  In 2012, we visited 10 different countries and traveled for four months after moving away from PNG.  It's hard to keep track of all your receipts when your geographic location is constantly changing.  I have about a hundred … [Read more...]

Best Budgeting Software | Why Mvelopes Won My Heart, But I Still Recommend YNAB

Let's start with a boring reminder: there is no best. When I refer to the best budgeting software, I'm talking about the software that is best for me and my situation.  The closer your habits and preferences mimic mine, the more likely you are to have the same preferences. Back in 2011, I wrote about the best personal finance software, and I crowned MoneyDance as the King of the software. … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Kick-Start Your Faltering Budget

Several months ago, I kissed budgeting goodbye. It was a strange move for a guy who wrote a book called The Secret to a Successful Budget. When I talked about why I kissed budgeting goodbye, I mentioned that once we left Papua New Guinea we planned to get back into the habit of budgeting.  Interestingly, that hasn't been as simple as we had imagined.  We've tasted of the forbidden fruit of … [Read more...]

YNAB Review (You Need A Budget 3) | Finance Software Review

My relationship with You Need A Budget (YNAB) started out in a very innocent way.  I requested a trial copy for research on an upcoming project – my eBook The Secret To A Successful Budget: Practical Advice for Creating a Budget That Lasts.  Since YNAB is specifically geared towards budgeting, I thought a book on budgeting would be incomplete without introducing readers to this computer … [Read more...]