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New and Exciting Tools To Help With Budgeting and Saving Money

Weekend at Canyonlands National Park

It’s been a crazy week and I’m really glad it’s Friday. Our latest rental property project is all done and we already have a tenant. All that is holding us back is the final inspection. Somehow the city doesn’t seem to realize that another day of delay means less dollars in my pocket, but what can you do? Since I’m not making any extra rental money today, maybe I can save a bit with some new and exciting tools to help with budgeting and saving money. Personal Capital Now Has Budgeting   I have been using Personal Capital for over a year now, and I really like their interface that gives me the ability to check all my accounts at once. I used Mint in the past, and like it as well, but Personal Capital is much, much better for tracking investments because it gives a terrific breakdown of account balances, portfolio allocations, and fees being charged. One big complaint about Personal Capital was that it didn’t offer a budgeting tool. Of course, you can do one on your own or use another website, but who wants to log in to a million different places? Well, Personal Capital got the ...

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Did We Manage to Live On 50% Our Income This Year?

living on half your income

My regular readers might have some big question marks about this post because I’ve never talked about living on half our income or made it a public goal. I don’t even know that we’ve been consciously trying to live on half, but we do try to invest and save as much as possible with the goal of leaving the rat race within the next decade. I actually had another post title picked out but when I read this post on Budgets are Sexy, I decided to copy change the name in tribute to all those other people out there who are working toward a similar goal. When you track your spending it can be really eye opening, in a good or bad way, to see where your money went. So without further ado, let’s see if we managed to live on 50% of our income this past year. I won’t ¬†give ¬†exact numbers as to how much money we bring home. Some people would say we are wasting our time with the amount we make and save. Others would say we are rich, and there is no way to save much because their income isn’t as high as ours. I ...

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