You Need A Budget (YNAB)

You Need A Budget (YNAB)

A weekly dose of just the right medicine to help you get out of debt, save more money, and break the paycheck to paycheck cycle.... Show More

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Jesse reflects on a Senate bill -- now signed into law as the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act -- which will require a greater amount of employers to offer 401(k) plans to employees. The new law also makes it easier for annuities to be included in 401(k) offerings by easing the fiduciary rules around fees and expense ratios.

 

401k) plans are excellent vehicles for saving for retir... Read more

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For better or worse (probably worse), credit cards are a major part of our financial world now. Cash is becoming less and less convenient to use every year, and debit cards continue to lack the same level of fraud protection that credit cards enjoy.

 

This isn't coincidence either. Jesse attended a "payments trends" conference in 2019, where the main topic was how to make payments easier, to remove as m... Read more

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January 6, 2020

It's time to blow it all up! Every January, Jesse takes time with his family to "blow up" his budget and all the assumptions that drive it. He takes a fresh look at the dollars in the budget, and starts to question everything.

 

Need to set aside $400 for a new set of tires in March? That's a responsible Rule #2 line of thinking. But the burndown is your chance to think deeper... do we even need a c... Read more

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December 31, 2019

If you made it through the last few weeks, you know why Jesse hates debt and why you should too!

 

Start the New Year by putting those feelings into action. Jesse has created a "debt bootcamp" for YNAB users to help you get serious about getting rid of your debt for good. Best of all, it's FREE for all YNAB software subscribers.

 

The Debt Bootcamp will be an intense, 8-week challenge to g... Read more

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The corporations are playing a game, and you can't win. So opt out and stop playing the game! In the part 4 of the "Why I Hate Debt" miniseries, Jesse explains how behind every credit card is a clever system of points, travel miles, and other "free" rewards designed to keep you spending and in debt.

 

Credit cards are a very profitable industry. Would banks and finance companies be giving away r... Read more

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Jesse hates debt, and you should too! In Part 3 of anti-debt miniseries, Jesse argues that debt is not just a drain on our cash flow and creativity, it also restricts our future opportunities!

 

The burden of debt keeps us from realizing our full potential in many ways -- starting a business, taking a lower paying job for more fulfilling work, moving to a new state or country -- often in the early phases of life wh... Read more

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In Part 2 of the Why I Hate Debt miniseries, Jesse explains why debt is a non-negotiable for him, and why is should be for you too.

 

At 22 years old, trying to finish his Masters degree and expecting his first child, Jesse found himself caught between two non-negotiables: 1.) Living without debt, and 2.) Allowing his wife to quit work to focus on raising their child. The problem? They didn’t have enough money to l... Read more

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Jesse hates debt, and you should too. Debt service constricts our cash flow, limits out ability to do other things like savings and investing, and generally introduces more stress into our lives. In this first part of a mini-series on debt, Jesse makes a case for living completely debt-free.

 

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Some of you may be thinking, YNAB sounds great, but what if I don't get a regular paycheck? How am I supposed to budget with that?

Well, first off, you definitely need a budget! Planning to fund your expenses in future months becomes more critical the more variable your income is.

 

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November 25, 2019

Jesse is thinking about launching a separate podcast to discuss small business, internet marketing, and how you can use YNAB to manage your business cash flow, and he wants to know what you think!

 

Would you be interested in a business-focused podcast? What kind of topics would you like to hear about?

 

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November 18, 2019

Jesse asks the most important question about your reasons for getting out of debt, saving money, and achieving your financial goals. Why?

 

Why do you do it? What's the reason behind the goals? If you could write a mission statement for your life, what would it say? Answering the simple question "Why?" might be the most important thing you do after you complete the blocking and tackling of paying off de... Read more

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November 11, 2019

"FI" is an acronym that has steadily grown in popularity over the last decade, though the concept is much older than that. It stands for financial independence -- some people call it early retirement (the longer acronym FIRE stands for financial independence, retire early) -- but the idea is simple. Live below your means, drastically increase your savings rate and accumulate enough wealth to "retire" or perhaps b... Read more

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November 4, 2019

It's common to set milestones for paying down debt. They're usually big, round numbers like $500, $1k, $5k, $10k. At the end of the day though, the goals are arbitrary. It's just a number, a stepping stone, toward the greater goal.

 

So if the day to day grind of fiscal responsibility is getting to you, change your milestones! Maybe it's $749, or $362.54. It's all arbitrary, right? Have fun with... Read more

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October 27, 2019

How do you order your categories? What's on top? What's on bottom? And how did you decide that?

 

Categories are easy to order once you understand your priorities. Rent, utilities, food -- these are non-negotiable. You can and should, however, drill down into the details of each category and ask yourself whether you could live without some of the expenses in that category. You need utilities to live, clearl... Read more

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October 21, 2019

Why do we become desensitized to the upticks in price of just about everything?

 

 

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"We could spend less if we wanted to."

 

 

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October 6, 2019

New feature alert: two factor authentication

 

 

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September 29, 2019

Everyone is getting into the lending money game.



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September 22, 2019

Jesse discusses payroll advance apps.

 

 

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Jesse discusses payroll advances in relation to age of money.

 

 

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