Budgeting 101.3 – Setting Goals

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An important part of budgeting is setting goals.

If you’ve stuck with our ‘budget that works’ blog series this long, you’re already looking at a nearly completed budget: In part one of this series, we went over tracking your income and expenses, and in part two, we looked at your net income and broke your expenses down into two categories. In this installment, you’ll set budgeting goals. Continue reading Budgeting 101.3 – Setting Goals

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Budgeting 101.2 – Look Closer at Expenses

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Writing in a journal is a good way to track expenses
Track expenses to know exactly where your money is going.

Budgeting is one of the smartest financial planning moves anybody can make. So, we’re breaking down the budget process–to show that you CAN start and stick to one. In part one of this series, we covered tracking your income and expenses–or how much money you have going in and out each month. In this part, we’ll see if your net income is positive or negative, and break your budget down into categories. Continue reading Budgeting 101.2 – Look Closer at Expenses

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Budgeting 101.1 – Getting Started

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Blank notebook ready for a new budget.
The hardest part of budgeting is getting started.

Making a budget is one of the smartest financial planning moves anybody can make in Madison. So why do so few of us do it? Well, some people just don’t know how; others are afraid to own up to their past savings failures; and some people set too strict of goals, and quit after a month or two. Continue reading Budgeting 101.1 – Getting Started

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