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5answers
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What percent of my salary should I retain?

Here is my situation: right now I am living in Puerto Rico, and I am planning to relocate to the mainland US (probably to Seattle, WA). Although Puerto Rico is a territory of the US, almost everything ...
11
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7answers
362 views

Are my monthly commited expenses out of whack?

Okay, my wife and I struggle with our finances and we are trying to get them in order. My net pay is approx $1300 every two weeks (my wife does not work) That is after health insurance premiums ...
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3answers
789 views

Are savings counted as part of expenses in a personal budget?

When I budget for me, I usually count savings part of the expenses. Is it the correct way to do it? Because of this, when I look at my budget at the end of the month, it feels like my expenses are a ...
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6answers
2k views

Should I have separate savings accounts for various savings goals?

I have read through some personal budgeting articles and saving tips. Most articles and books mention saving money for emergency funds, large purchases, etc. Should emergency funds and saving funds ...
3
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1answer
104 views

How do I manage a savings account for various (non-monthly) lump sum costs?

I already have a savings account with my bank, and save regularly on a monthly basis as part of a budget. However, I often find myself saving for particular items, say a future trip, or next year's ...
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2answers
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Mint.com: How to set up savings line items in budget: As expense, income, or neither?

This question is really more specific to Mint.com since I do all of my personal account management there. In the Budgets tab, I always have the unaccounted transactions at the bottom of the page where ...
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8answers
7k views

How do I know when I am financially stable/ready to move out on my own?

Some background information: I'm 23 and living at home. I have a good full time job as a web programmer that I've been at for over one year. It includes benefits and 401K (which after one year I ...
4
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4answers
360 views

What is the best way to manage your hard earned money?

This is all about money management which we need to do on a periodic basis to have financial freedom. There are many articles which say about this, but in real life I found many people managing it in ...
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3answers
2k views

What percent of salary should go towards retirement vs. emergency savings?

What percent of salary should go towards retirement vs. emergency savings? Should some be set aside each and every pay for emergencies?
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3answers
1k views

I'm 23, living at home, and still can't afford my own property. What could I do?

Most of my friends have their own places, either rented or mortgage. Should I be concerned that I still live at home? I bring home around £1300 after tax, £400 of that goes on car finance+tax, £200 ...