Have you thought about how to be happy in retirement? We all want to enjoy that time, but the challenge is to balance a fulfilling life today as well. Written from the perspective of a family man in his 30’s, this post covers some suggestions on … [Read more...] about Preparing for a Happy Retirement without Sacrificing it All today
When you get some unexpected income, a tax return, or other chunks of money, be prepared ahead of time and budget your beautiful bonus. My Bonus! Now... What to do with your Bonus? Ok, so you’re committed to the Mêtis Money Matters plan, and … [Read more...] about Budget Your Beautiful Bonus (Balance Fun and Practicality)
Which year-end money moves are important to make? Take advantage of our year-end planning checklist as a starting point to close out the current year and prepare for the new year. Carpe diem (Seize the day) my friends! With the end of the year … [Read more...] about Year-End Money Moves to Make Now (Financial Checklist)
Let's use a Christmas Budget! Feeling the financial pressure of the Holiday Season? Wondering how much to put aside for your Christmas fund? This post will cover these questions and more! Remember - being able to set up and use your Xmas fund starts … [Read more...] about Use a Christmas Budget and Make the Holidays Merry and Bright
Why is budgeting important? Look no further! My friend, along with 7 reasons why you need a budget, and ways to start, we’ve got you covered! Why is Budgeting Important (Effective Methods to try!) I see budgeting a the foundation of any … [Read more...] about Why is Budgeting Important? 7 Reasons you Need a Budget
This post helps readers answer the question “How to Make a Budget in Excel” and provides suggestions for both pre-made templates and creating one from scratch. Keep reading for more on getting your budget setup, today! Looking for a simple … [Read more...] about How to Make a Budget in Excel (free downloadable template)
Utilizing the Cash Envelope System sounds great, but how does it work? In this post, we’ll cover a few suggestions on how to use the cash envelope system to master trouble spots in your budget. I find a hybrid approach is most effective. Coupled … [Read more...] about Cash Envelope System: Hybrid Approach to Improve Money Management
What are 529 Plans? How do you open and set up a 529 Plan? In simple terms, this post introduces and provides suggestions on 3 Ways you can start saving for college today. While the specific rules vary from state to state, this post will give you … [Read more...] about 529 Plans: Essentials and 3 Ways to Prepare for College
My friend, today I'd like to ask you: can you handle a No-Spend Challenge? Do you have what it takes to commit, and stay the course when paying off debt! From personal experience, this can be easier up front, and more difficult as time passes. Stay … [Read more...] about Can you handle a No-Spend Challenge?
Managing Family Finances can be a little overwhelming! Find yourself wondering what to do, where to start, or how to wrap your mind around the “big picture?” This blog offers a practical approach to managing family finances in 3 steps. These … [Read more...] about Managing Family Finances In 3 Steps
Annual Budgets are critical for ongoing financial success. They are the bridge between goals and reality. Take advantage of the Holiday Season, and start thinking about the New Year. Use your Annual Budget to anchor and control your path toward your … [Read more...] about 10 Ways An Annual Budget Will Enhance Family Finances
In today’s world, there are so many opportunities to spend money. This post offers a few suggestions on ways to use your money to get ahead, collect some benefits, and otherwise make the most of the investment. Check out our categories below, get … [Read more...] about Ways to Spend $1,000 – Take Advantage of an Opportunity!
Mint is free, it is relatively fast, and it is easy to use. Even with a few modest issues, I recommend using it for your budgeting process. My wife and I have been using Mint for about 5 years now, and this post shares a few thoughts on our … [Read more...] about Using MINT.com for your Monthly Budgeting Process – My Honest Review
Establishing an Emergency Fund is an essential part of being ready for what life throws at you. This post covers some of the fundamentals and outlines how you can get started today. After you complete this step, you’ll be more resilient, stronger, … [Read more...] about Establishing an Emergency Fund
Bettering your Budget starts here! Together, let's outline budget categories, review the budget development process, and change your life. Congratulations on taking such decisive action. Keep taking those steps; keep tending the garden of your … [Read more...] about Bettering Your Budget