Friday, April 27, 2012

Top 3 Free Budgeting Tools For You

You want to be serious about making your financial house in order but don't know where to start. Well, here's a starting point for you. Find out what's happening to your finances, Take an inventory of where every cents go by listing all expenses you do daily for a month. Categorize the expenses by type e.g. Food, Gas, Utilities, etc. Tally.

The result will give you an idea how to set your budget for each category. Budget is very important. It gives you a parameter of how and when you can spend your money. It helps you to be disciplined in the use of your hard-earned money.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

5 Tools For Teaching Your Kids How To Save

I love this article by Carol J. Alexander at the Christian Personal Finance. I would like to post it here to guide you, if you're a parent. You will benefit a lot if you try to use it on your kids. I have seen some of her ideas worked on my children. Now they're all professionals and saving is part of their finances. You must teach them while they're young. 

5 Tools For Teaching Your Kids To Save Money

All children are different. My six children may all look the same on the outside, but on the inside they all march to the beat of a different drum. I have naturally hard workers, and I have those we trained to work. I have a son who breathes music, and I have another son that needed his music lessons.
Likewise, I have a few who squirrel away every penny they get and a few whose pennies slip right between their fingers. Yet as a parent, you want to do your best to train your children to have positive character qualities—and saving money is one of them. Here are 5 tools for teaching your kids to save money.