How Much Do Babies Cost? Expense Management for New Parents

As any parent can tell you, bringing a child into the world means big changes in priorities, lifestyle and finances. According to the USDA, the cost of raising a child from birth to age 18 is $245,340 on average, including food, shelter and transportation. With Quicken Starter Edition, you can easily start budgeting for the child who is about to enter your life. Here are some ways to prepare for... Continue reading
A Beginner's Guide to Personal Finance

A Beginner's Guide to Personal Finance

Managing your finances isn't only beneficial for your bank account, it also creates a sense of stability that helps you achieve your financial, professional and personal goals. You don't need to be a math whiz to make it work either. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be well on your way to gaining control of your finances. Continue reading
Best Apps to Help You Keep Track of Your Money

Best Apps to Help You Keep Track of Your Money

When managing money went from using pen and paper to digital, keeping track of your finances became almost as simple as booting up your computer. Now, with the move to mobile, it's even easier to manage your financial life. No matter what you’re focused on financially — from saving for college to saving for retirement — mobile apps make it more convenient to manage, send and receive money. Try... Continue reading
Getting Out of Debt Using Quicken Personal Finance Software

Getting Out of Debt Using Personal Finance Software

On the surface, getting out of debt seems like a simple process: Just pay off your loans and credit cards as soon as possible. In reality, it's seldom that easy. If your goal is to eliminate your debt, personal finance software can help you get more money out of your monthly budget by focusing your available resources where they'll do the most good. Continue reading
Finance on the go: The best ways to use a budgeting app like Quicken

Finance on the Go: the Best Ways to Use a Budgeting App

When technology runs faster, the speed limit on life seems to increase right along with it. Some details — even really important ones that determine your financial health — can fall by the wayside when you’re busy juggling work and the demands of family. Luckily, the geniuses behind financial software and mobile apps are well aware that your time is a precious commodity, and they try to make... Continue reading
Budgeting apps, money management made easy; Quicken

Budgeting Apps: Money Management Made Easy

The financial tools available today make it easier than ever to manage your monthly budget. Financial management software is great when you’re sorting through a stack of bills in your home office, but what about when you’re on the go? In an increasingly mobile world, budgeting apps help you keep control of your finances no matter where you are.  Continue reading
5 ways to trim the grocery budget

5 Ways to Trim Your Monthly Grocery Budget

Make a Plan There is little that is more frustrating than going to the cupboard or refrigerator and staring at all the unrelated food items and wondering what in the world you are going to fix for supper. Start by creating a master menu of meals your family enjoys. Beside each meal list all of the ingredients required to prepare it. Before you go grocery shopping, look over your master menu and... Continue reading

How to Plug the Holes

One good reason to endure the occasional drudgery of budgeting is that it alerts you to trouble while you still have time to do something about it. You're forced to find out why your expenditures are climbing and to take action. If the electric or gas bill is higher because the rates were raised, you'll have to revise your monthly forecasts for that budget item, and figure out whether other items... Continue reading
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Frugality is a Career Tool

I have earned a lot of money in my life. But I have never had an extravagant life. I don’t own a house. I’ve never bought a new car. I didn’t buy a new piece of living room furniture until I was 40, and I do not own a single piece of real jewelry. What I have spent money on was always intended to help me with my career. That was so I know that I can always earn money doing something I love. I... Continue reading
Get Real With Your Spending

Easy Budget Tricks for Controlling Your Spending

Get Real With Your Spending To control your spending your first must know how much you actually spend and what you are spending your money on. "Most people have no idea what they are spending on things like fast food and coffee for the month," notes Herigstad. She recommends that you collect all of the receipts for your spending for a full month and calculate your total spending and totals by... Continue reading

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