Question of the Day: How Do You Organize Your Finances?

This week we'll be talking about organizing your finances, with a look at various budget programs, investment options and tools for meeting your savings goals. To kick it off, I thought I'd start with a question of the day: How do you organize your finances? Do you use a budget? What budget system do you…

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More Than Resolutions: Meet a Financial Goal

Join us all month for 31 Days of Organizing for a Better 2010! As I mentioned before, financial goals are some of the most popular resolutions that people make every year. We've talked about getting out of debt and building your savings, but what about other financial goals, such as saving up to buy a…

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More Than Resolutions: Pay Off Debt

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Join us all month for 31 Days of Organizing for a Better 2010! It's said that the average American household has more than $8,000 in consumer debt, not including cars or homes. That's a lot of money to owe other people, especially when you factor in month interest payments on that amount! There is no…

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More Than Resolutions: Build Your Savings

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Join us all month for 31 Days of Organizing for a Better 2010! Over the past couple years, the economy has wreaked havoc on millions of families' financial stability. Layoffs, the housing bubble and reduced spending have impacted many, many people and illustrated the importance of having money in savings for times such as these.…

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More Than Resolutions: Create a Budget

Join us all month for 31 Days of Organizing for a Better 2010! When it comes to the most popular New Year's resolutions, there's probably a tie between those related to health and those related to finances. Obviously both of those categories have a huge impact on every area of your life, so it's no…

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Organizing Your Budget with the Envelope System

The following guest post is from Julia at The Frugal Find: This envelope system isn’t new. I'm not the genius who created it – and yes, that person WAS a genius – but I believe this system will transform your financial situation. Envelope Budget 101 My #1 tip is to use cash only and always.…

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Preparing Your Taxes: Planning for Next Year

Unfortunately, if you're just now thinking about your taxes and starting to look at your records, there's not much else you can do to make that information easier to organize at this point other than plow through it. However, as you're filling out your tax preparation checklist, it's a great time to think about next…

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Preparing Your Taxes: Make a List

Whether you plan to file your taxes yourself, use a tax preparation service or hire an accountant, the best place to start is by making a list and gathering all of your information beforehand. This is exactly how I do it, and Lori shared her experience doing it this way in a recent comment as…

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Preparing Your Taxes: Thinking Through Your Needs

Regardless of where you are in your tax preparation – unless, of course, you're done – it's best to start by asking yourself some questions so that you can get organized before you start! Tax Preparation Professional or Not? To be honest, whether you're using a tax professional or not, I would still encourage you…

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