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
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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

How Financial Software Can Help Fuel Your Next Vacation

You work hard for your money and you deserve to play hard, too. But it can be tough to find the funds for your dream vacation if travel costs only cross your mind when you’re daydreaming of a getaway. The solution: build travel into your budget so you can accumulate a travel nest egg that’ll get you where you want to go. Here’s how. Continue reading

Budgeting Tools to Help You Get Out of Debt

Keeping personal debt under control is an important part of achieving financial goals, like having a comfortable retirement. More debt means more of your money goes toward paying interest instead of going into your savings account. Continue reading

Easy Tips for Creating a Weekly Budget Planner

Budgeting can help simplify and organize your financial life. The process is straightforward if you receive a paycheck on the first of every month and all your bills are due at the same time. But even if you’re paid weekly or biweekly, creating a weekly budget planner only requires a few easy steps, especially when you turn to Quicken Starter Edition for help.    Continue reading

Best Online Budget Planners for Your Household

A solid budget is integral to so much that’s important in life: your credit score, retirement security and settling down in a home of your own. Luckily, creating a budget is simple and easy if you have the right tools. Grab your tablet, laptop or smartphone and let an online budget planner help you. Here’s what to look for in the best budgeting software. Continue reading

Tips for Creating a Monthly Budget Template

/*-->*/ /*-->*/ You can use a simple monthly budget template to categorize expenses, examine cash flows and payment schedules, set goals, and map out a reality-based budget. Continue reading

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