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...]

Best Personal Finance Software 2014

Once upon a time I started on a quest.  It was the most noble of pursuits - to find the best personal finance software. My mission, of which I was given no opportunity to accept, is to find or upgrade my a personal finance software by April 30th. I had  Quicken Personal Finance Software, but alas my friends at the Intuit company want to continue to generate income so as of that … [Read more...]

How To Make Your First Budget

Special Limited Time Offer: Get The Secret to a Successful Budget for 50% off.  Valid through January 31st, 2012. Learning how to make a budget it an important skill.  That is why this blog talks a lot about budgeting: You Might Need a Budget if 20 Reasons to Start a Budget A popular myth is that you can get financially fit even if you don't make a budget.  They say don’t work hard.  … [Read more...]

Free Downloadable Financial Forms Next Week

Yes, it’s true.  I didn’t get you anything for Christmas.  I’m sorry.  Since it’s now a New Year I’m going to do my best to make it up to you.  I’m going to bribe you by giving you a TON of free stuff next week.  Each day next week I’m going to give you some free worksheets, budgets, and checklists for you to download.  I want to start off 2010 by saying thank you, … [Read more...]