Personal Finance Software Review: Moneydance

Back in the day, I used Quicken. It was the first personal finance software I used, and I used it faithfully for more than a decade. The problem is that I use a Mac, and Quicken stopped supporting Quicken 2005 (often considered one of the best versions of Quicken) somewhat recently. I’ve not been overly […]

Published or Updated: May 27, 2015

8 Budgeting Moves to Make for 2015

With the start of the new year, January is the perfect time to evaluate your finances.  I did this recently, focusing on budgeting. I used to hate budgeting, but now I have a different view of it. I use YNAB, my favorite budgeting software, to make it easier. January is a natural re-set when it comes […]

Published or Updated: January 18, 2015

And the Most Popular Budgeting Software Is . . .

Last Saturday I asked a question in the weekly newsletter that goes to more than 18,000 beautiful people (join here–it’s free and worth every penny). The question: What software or tool do you use to track your spending? The number and variety of responses was just amazing. Some of the results, as you’ll see, were […]

Published or Updated: June 18, 2015

DR 106: 8 Black Belt Budgeting Tips

It’s not an overstatement to say that budgeting is the foundation upon which all lasting wealth is built. That’s true whether you make $40,000 a year as a teacher or $40 million a year as an entertainer. If your cash flow is well managed, you can build wealth on any income. If it’s not well […]

Published or Updated: May 28, 2015

DR 077: Teamwork for Your Budget – An Interview with Listeners Kate and Trevor

One of the great things about producing a podcast are the emails I receive from listeners. Recently a listener named Kate emailed me about the 50-20-30 budget. One thing led to another, and now Kate and her fiancé Trevor are guests on the show. Kate and Trevor’s story was so inspiring that I wanted to […]

Published or Updated: June 19, 2014

DR 068: Is the 50-20-30 Budget a Good Rule of Thumb?

How can the numbers 50, 20, and 30 help you manage your finances? Today, we’re going to talk about the 50-20-30 rule of budgeting. A company called LearnVest popularized this rule of budgeting recently, but it’s been around long before them. I’ve seen many financial experts write about it, as well. The bottom line is […]

Published or Updated: November 10, 2015

Manilla to Close–Here are 5 Alternatives

Manilla recently announced that they will be closing effective July 1, 2014. It’s unfortunate as Manilla provided a free and very unique service. In addition to tracking your bills, Manilla could also keep track of your explanation of benefit forms for several major health insurance companies. The notice really took me by surprise. I had […]

Published or Updated: May 25, 2014

7 Ways to Budget Like a Zen Master

How can you budget like a Zen master without tracking every dime you spend? How do you budget for those oddball expenses that pop up from time to time? As someone who goes in budgeting spurts, I’ve learned the hard way how to make our budget work. Recently, this has been at the forefront of […]

Published or Updated: June 16, 2015

5 Factors to Consider Before Using a HELOC for Your Emergency Fund

A reader named Brian asks whether it’s a sound move to use a home equity line of credit as an emergency fund: Rob, I enjoy your podcast, and I have great respect for your approach to personal finance. The 31-Day Money Challenge actually had me looking forward to my daily commute. I have a simple […]

Published or Updated: April 15, 2014

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