10 Budget Categories That Belong in Your Plan

At its most basic, a budget is really just a spending plan for your money. A well-thought-out budget can help you take control of your finances and use your money with purpose rather than spending it haphazardly—a habit than can quickly lead to problems when it’s time to pay the bills each month.  The first step involves breaking down your regular expenses into budget categories to get a clear... Continue reading

How a Sinking Fund Can Keep Your Holiday Budget Afloat

Personal finance blogger and Quicken user Lauren Tucker shares her secret weapon for guilt-free seasonal spending.

As we head into the last few months of the year, holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas hold the promise of food, family, travel, and gifts. But if you’re not paying attention, those “fun” holiday expenditures can add up quickly, blowing your budget and sending your financial goals careening off-track. “A lot of people panic this time of year because they don’t have enough... Continue reading

Adjusted Gross Income: What Is it and How Does it Impact Your Taxes?

What is adjusted gross income? You’ve heard the term, of course. Perhaps your accountant mentions it in passing whenever you get your taxes done, or you recognize it as a line item on your annual tax returns. But without context, it’s hard to understand just how important it is.  Adjusted gross income (AGI) is your gross income— i.e., the total amount of money you’re paid before taxes are taken... Continue reading

How to Make a Budget That Maximizes Your Money

Want to know how to make a budget that actually works? We'll show you how to create a personal budget that can help you take your finances to the next level.  Continue reading

Disposable Income: What Is it and How Does it Affect your Finances?

The term “disposable income” is something of a misnomer. It sounds like fun money, but it’s quite the opposite. Also known as disposable personal income (DPI) or “take-home pay,” disposable income, is the amount of money available after taxes and other employee deductions have been taken out of your paycheck. It’s not truly “disposable” because it has to cover your family’s most essential needs... Continue reading
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Quicken Resolution Round-up: This New Year, Try Investing in You

As the year comes to a close, we’re starting to think about how to make the most of the new year and live our best lives. Quicken, maker of the best-selling personal finance software in the US, surveyed over 1,000 adults to gather insights into financial New Year’s resolutions — and discovered some surprising secrets to success. The best things in life might be free, but it turns out resolutions... Continue reading

Are Spending Limits the Secret to Happier Holidays?

Quicken survey reveals couples’ holiday spending trends in the U.S. We know holiday spending is projected to increase this year. But how do couples across the US approach spending during the merriest season? Quicken, maker of the best-selling personal finance software in the US, recently surveyed over 1,000 married adults to get a picture of their spending habits over the holidays -- and to find... Continue reading

Year-Round Money Management Breakdown [Infographic]

Year-Round Money Management Breakdown If you’re only checking your budget once or twice a year, you need to up your finance game. Take a year-round approach with these seasonal tips. Continue reading

The Best Way to Cut Down on Excess Spending

You may have the best of intentions, but sometimes when you go into a store to buy just one thing, you come out carrying three bags. Everyone spends a little too much now and again, but cutting back is easier than you think — you just need to be aware of when you’re spending too much. Continue reading
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Why Quicken Is the Best Way to Keep Track of Your Money

Meticulously counting each dollar you spend gets old in a hurry, but keeping track of them as they leave your pocket is still the best way to monitor your cash flow. Good news is, you no longer have to do all that counting manually. Budgeting software takes all the legwork out of keeping track of your money, and Quicken is your best option. Here’s how you can use it to keep your money in check. Continue reading

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