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Category Percentages for Successful Budgeting

By on Apr 30, 2015 in Budget, Money | 4 comments

One of the biggest tools of success when it comes to money management involves knowing where your money goes each month. Many individuals, couples and families fall into financial trouble but don’t understand why because they miss this financial management basic. Making a budget and a spend-tracking sheet can feel a bit like having overly strict parents: your budget...

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How a Man Quit His Day Job to Start a Full Time Business

By on Feb 9, 2015 in Money | 8 comments

Hello, Well Kept Wallet readers!  Today we’re starting a new series, Entrepreneur Success Stories.  Our Entrepreneur Success Stories will feature individuals or couples who “took the plunge”, whether part-time or full-time, into starting their own businesses.  The business owners we feature will share details about what led them to start their...

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How a Family of 5 Paid Off $50,000 in Debt in 18 Months

By on Jan 7, 2015 in Debt, Money | 3 comments

How did you acquire $50,000 in debt? What did that debt consist of? I had always planned to go back to school for an MBA. Rather than return to my alma mater in the west where I could have probably graduated debt free, we opted for a completely new and unique experience. We ended up moving to the Midwest for me to enroll in a respected program that aligned well with...

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Personal Finance 2015: If You Only Set One Money Goal This Year

By on Dec 9, 2014 in Budget, Money | 4 comments

The time is here for setting personal finance goals and resolutions which, for most people, come with a hope of a more solid financial life and stable financial future.  Managing money better, along with getting in better shape, seems to be near the top of the list for most everyone when new year goals and resolutions are made.  For most, those goals will fall by...

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Reframing Spending: Less Is More

By on Aug 27, 2014 in Money | 3 comments

In my experience, income has been the ultimate social and cultural measure of success.  For some reason, salary serves as the barometer for expertise and achievement rather than actual merit, contribution, capacity for critical thought, or any other factor. According to this superficial and arguably arbitrary measurement, I am an utter failure.  My boyfriend on the...

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MORE Back to School Savings!

By on Aug 21, 2014 in Money | 0 comments

  If you haven’t had the chance to shop for back to school staples just yet, fear not, more markdowns lie ahead!  According to e-commerce data from 250,000 plus retailers, the week of September 9th is the best time to cash in on back to school deals.  That second week of September has 18% more sales than the worst week (the first of July).  Make the most of it...

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