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: May 6, 2016

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

Financial Decisions are About More Than Math

When it come to financial decisions, you can learn a lot from both Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. What they teach us – together – is that when it comes to financial decisions, you need to go beyond the math. So much of finance involves math, and we certainly don’t shy away from that here. […]

Published or Updated: April 14, 2014

The “Latte Factor” is Not About the Latte

I‘ve been reading a lot of criticisms of the Latte Factor recently. If you’re not familiar, the Latte Factor was popularized by author David Bach. The idea is simple. If instead of getting a $4 latte every day, you instead invested the money, you’d have a pile of cash in 10, 20, 30 or 40 […]

Published or Updated: March 14, 2014

The Four Rules of Budgeting [with Jesse Mecham of YNAB]

This is the fifth day in our 31-Day Money Challenge. Over 31 days we’ll publish 31 podcasts, each designed to help you move closer to financial freedom. Yesterday we covered 7 tips for effective and stress-free budgeting. In today’s podcast, we Jesse Mecham, founder of You Need a Budget (YNAB). Sponsors: The 31-Day Money Podcast […]

Published or Updated: April 7, 2016

7 Tips for Effective and Stress-free Budgeting

This is the fourth day in our 31-Day Money Challenge. Over 31 days we’ll publish 31 podcasts, each designed to help you move closer to financial freedom. Yesterday we walked through how to prepare your net worth statement. In today’s podcast, we discuss 7 tips for effective and stress-free budgeting. Sponsors: The 31-Day Money Podcast […]

Published or Updated: May 29, 2015

4 Reasons YNAB Beats Mint Hands Down

After months of debating whether to pay $60 for budgeting software, I finally took the plunge and bought You Need a Budget (YNAB). For years, I’ve used Mint. I appreciate its slick graphical interface and that it automatically syncs with my accounts. With that said, in the last few weeks, I’ve become more and more of […]

Published or Updated: May 6, 2016

A Review of Quicken 2014 from a Complete Quicken Newbie

I have to admit: I’ve always been a little afraid of Quicken. It just seems so monolithic, in the world of budgeting and personal finance. And I always figured it would be incredibly complicated to use. So I was pleasantly surprised to find how easy setting up Quicken 2014 can be! As a detail-oriented budgeting […]

Published or Updated: May 23, 2016

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