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Lifestyle Inflation – Where Financial Disaster Starts

Remember early in your life when you didn’t have much money, didn’t make much money and maybe didn’t know quite how? You probably lived on hope, hobbies and friendships more than anything, but somehow there was a sense of purpose in the middle of the struggle that not only kept you going, but it probably […]

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We’re Debt Free!

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That’s right, this is the post I’ve been waiting to write since before I started FiscalGeek. We just sent off our final payoff to Wachovia Dealer Services on our VW Sportwagen. In just over 11 months we have managed to pay off $63,535.65 of credit cards, credit lines and two vehicle loans. Yes we still […]

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Free Budget Software Review: Quicken Online

The kind folks over at Intuit have recently released a free Online version of Quicken aptly titled Quicken Online.  Really what can you expect out of free online software?  How about trending data, text messages, iPhone apps among other features? From Quicken Marketing Info: Our interactive charts automatically categorize transactions so you can see the […]

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Take the Small Wins with Your Money and Your Life

This picture shows a note I found very humorous from my 8 year old son that he left for himself at the breakfast table.  Then the more I thought about it I began to feel sad that he was talking to himself this way and was getting down on himself because he couldn’t remember to […]

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The Debt Snowball Saved my Marriage: Spreadsheet Tell-all

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For those buried under an avalanche of credit card, car, and personal debt you’ll never find anything as useful as the Debt Snowball or it’s many variants. A debt snowball is simple. You take all of your outstanding debts: credit cards, personal lines of credit, bank loans, student loans, car loans, 2nd mortgages, home equity lines of credit, overdraft credit lines (yes that’s debt too) and order them from the smallest amount owed to the largest amount owed.

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Zero Based Budget System Part 2

In part 1 of our series we talked about the high level aspects of budgeting, let’s get under the hood a little more and look at some real world examples and tools for making your life infinitely easier. But first I would like to talk a minute about communication. “Dude FiscalGeek what’s your problem, give me the […]

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A Zero Based Budgeting System

Zero Based Budgeting

I honestly believe if you could pick only one personal finance tool to take with you on a desert island it would be the zero based budget. Why would you need a budget on a desert island? I don’t have time for these ridiculous questions. We’ve got some learning to do. There is tremendous power in budgeting, glamorous no, empowering, yes!

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