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When budgeting how do you take into account that some income is bi-weekly yet some expenses are on a specific day of the month?

I'm tackling a problem with budgeting in that I'm unsure if I should be making a budget from my weekly/monthly/yearly expenses and income. My income is paid bi-weekly on Friday but I have rent and ...
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How do I budget with cash surplus spending in mind? [closed]

I'm setting up a budget for my small business. We have been accumulating cash, but have not been budgeting up to this point, so are trying to get everything in order. I've created a conservative ...
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What is the purpose of budgeting if all I need to do is look at my bank/credit card statement?

I have read over Reddit's wiki on budgeting. I rarely pay with cash so I already have a record of transactions I made with payment cards. My pay stubs are e-mailed to me. So what's the point of ...
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Optimizing Savings Allocations

I am currently trying to decide the best way to allocate my savings, and I would appreciate your input. I am trying to budget roughly based on the idea of using 50% of my post tax income for ...
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Why is mandatory vehicle test and vehicle lifetime a part of the union budget? [closed]

Why is the vehicle test and vehicle lifetime included here. What has the vehicle to do with the Union Budget? https://thedailyguardian.com/union-budget-2021-voluntary-vehicle-scrapping-policy-and-its-...
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A doubt in definition of banks

"Banking means accepting money for the purpose of lending or investment,of deposits of money from the public,repayable on demand or otherwise,and withdraw able by cheque,draft,order or otherwise.&...
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What is this index all about? [closed]

Why did this index touch so high when our finance minister annouce the privatisation of 2 PSBs and one insurance bank?A detailed answer to this will be most welcome. She did not name any but why would ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “National Asset Monetisation Pipeline”?

Tabling the Union Budget for 2021-22, Ms. Sitharaman said: Monetising operating public infrastructure assets is a very important financing option for new infrastructure construction. This has been ...
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What does this mean,“Reinvigorating Human Capital”?

This was one of the six pillars of the Union Budget for the year 2021 for my country.It would be great if someone can explain me this.
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Feedback on ways to stick to a budget

Earlier this week I made a conscious decision to only spend $50 per month on Amazon to cut back on unnecessary spending. I was thinking a way to achieve this would be to just add crap to the shopping ...
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How can I budget a 'conditional reimbursement'?

To start off, I don't know the correct term for this situation, which limits my research options. I have looked for 'conditional loan', 'conditional reimbursement' and such, but none of the results ...
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Do card bonuses lead to increased discretionary spending compared to more basic cards?

Some credit cards offer bonuses on spending in particular categories, such as cashback bonuses or "free" upgrades. These credit cards tend to come with an annual fee. A consumer may ...
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How should I save for a down payment on a house while also maxing out my retirement savings? Is that not feasible at my income level?

I see questions and answers like this one that make a very good point: Keep in mind it is easy to get a loan for a car, or for a house, or to pay for college; but very hard to get a loan for your ...
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Can I become financially free without budgeting? [closed]

I just learned about what a budget is and how to make one, however, I simply do not see myself doing one or even like doing it.. I feel it is simply not exciting.
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How to spend money from a Goal in Mint.com?

I have been using Mint.com to budget for a few months & am trying to figure out how to use the "Goals" feature correctly. When you finish saving for a goal, how can you tell the app/...
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Can I hedge my household expenses using the financial markets?

Apparently farmers can hedge against high raw material prices and low crop prices by using financial instruments such as forwards and futures. Can I use financial instruments to similarly hedge my ...
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How much should retail investors spend on financial data subscriptions?

Retail investors can subscribe to financial data portals such as Morningstar Premium, Yahoo Finance Premium, Value Line, etc. Is there a general guideline on the maximum amount one should spend on ...
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Is $133 USD per month once critical living expenses are covered considered poverty-level living in the USA?

I have just finished programming a computer program which takes all my known, fixed incomes (sadly only one: welfare) and expenses (rent, food, medicine, basic Internet) for the last three months, ...
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Am I missing anything from this budget?

Background: My wife and I are thinking of purchasing a new home. The cost of the home (1.8M) maxes out our cash reserves, after taking into account the extra money required for moving and then ...
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What is a practical way of tracking expenditures?

The goal is to start tracking expenditures, create target limits for each category, and then try to keep to them. They only way progress can be made with this is if the expenditures are accurately ...
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Monthly budget - deferred expenses from savings vs Income? How to manage?

Background: My wife and I have put a monthly budget together using the Google Drive Budget Template. Pretty standard - Income section and Expenses section with rows allocated in each. It makes most ...
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Appartment Rent in a monthly budget [duplicate]

Good day; I'm making a Monthly budget to keep track of where I spend my paychecks. I stumbled upon the rent part; would that be considered a debt? Since it's basically something that I "accept" I'll ...
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What's the double-entry bookkeeping method for tracking a Safe-to-Spend balance and amounts saved towards goals and expenses?

The bank Simple has three great features: Safe-to-Spend Goals Expenses The Safe-to-Spend balance is pretty simple: it's just the balance in your checking account minus the total amount set aside for ...
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Why do personal finance apps focus on outgoings rather than income

I am looking at using a money management app, rather than just my own Excel spreadsheet, for my personal finances. The way I've always thought about my money is "I have a fixed amount of income which ...
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how to budget for random annual expenses in a monthly budget

I have a solid monthly budget, but I'm noticing that every few months a significant expense is needed (car tabs/registration, identity protection service, precious metals account fee, a trip to see ...
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How to manage expenditure when billing cycles and paycheck cycles are not aligned?

I get paid on the 15th and the last of the month and my husband will be getting paid weekly when he starts a new job after the one he has been working at for 25 years will be closing soon. How does ...
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Security risk of using a budgeting app connected to bank accounts

I've been tracking my budget the old way for a few years now by using Excel spreadsheets that have my checking account ledger and monthly expenses broken down to categories. But I have noticed more ...
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Search for budgeting app / web service handling automated sync and multiple currencies [closed]

I went trough quite a few budgeting web services / phone apps with the features below and could only found one (PocketSmith), but it suddenly stopped syncing EU banks. It would be great to have any ...
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How to save money by shopping at a variety of grocery stores?

I am living close to a mall with several grocery stores. I would like to save money on the food I buy. I have tried using apps that show me the best prices, ads, and coupons from multiple stores, but ...
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Are there any financial disadvantages to living significantly “below your means”?

By living "below" your means I'm asking about spending significantly less than you could, rather than living "within" your means which of course is sensible if you are able to do it! So for example: ...
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Using credit cards to implement budgeting when you don't have income

My spouse and I are between jobs right now as we are transitioning to new career situations. Our financial situation is stable and our prospects are good, but we will be without steady income for a ...
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Strategies to earmark money for large expenses

Like most people, we have several large expenses that we only have to pay once or twice a year like homeowner's insurance, car/home repairs and improvements, and saving money for a vacation. What's a ...
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Company stopped paying my salary. What are my options?

UPDATE 4: I'd be remiss if I didn't update this post with the outcome: I was able to recover about 1.5x lost wages (after employment attorney fees). The advice below I followed included: (1) finding ...
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What are the different methods for budgeting?

I've always used the envelope method to budget. I know Mint uses a different method, but I'm not sure if it has a name or not. It could simply be a derivative of the envelope method. Wells Fargo's ...
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How can I conveniently allocate small sums of money to budget for future expenses?

If I have $X in my checking account, and I know of upcoming purchases this month, such as, rent, groceries, a haircut, a new bicycle, a new pair of glasses, my gym membership, etc., is there an easy, ...
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How to manage monthly salary

I am a 22-y/o guy starting my first job. I am interested to know how I should manage my monthly expenses. Keeping in mind that I need to pay for my rented apartment, food, water, etc., save money for ...
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Paying off debt and living within means vs. long term planning

My husband and I are divided as to the best way to handle our current financial situation. First, a little background. We are in our high 20’s, have been married for six years and have three kids. ...
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How to set up saving for items in GNUCash: Asset or Expense

Let's say I'm saving for a car and I would like to save X amount on a month to month basis, where would I generally put this?
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Is it a good idea to invest in buy-to-let if rent does not cover mortgage payment?

Background: To benefit from current favourable interest rates in my region (France: ca. 1.5%pa fixed over 20 years), I am considering investing in a buy-to-let property. I consider that interest ...
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Does it make sense to buy a house to live in for a few years then rent it out?

I'm currently looking to buy a house to live in for 2-3 years, and then rent it out. Most recommendations I see are to buy a house if owning for 5+ years, but I'm not sure how that advice applies if I'...
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Is my weekly budget realistic?

My financial situation is out of control. I don't save any money and I'm trying to create a budget so that I can plan for the next year or so as there are a few things I need to get done such as ...
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Is it better to take highest mortgage you can afford?

My partner and I are looking to buy at the moment. I won't get into all the details but we live in Germany, have a budget in mind and have talked with a few brokers and providers. Our idea for the ...
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Spouse wants to pay all debt in a month but I don’t. Is this a good idea?

Between both of our student loans and car loan, we are in the hole about $48,000. My spouse is adamant about paying off all debt in the next month or two since we currently have about $55,000 in the ...
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How many budget categories are too many?

I have a budget with all the essential categories (rent, utilities, groceries, etc.) and I wonder if it is worth having a few (many?) non-essential categories even if my monthly contribution to them ...
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Do GnuCash Income entries ever stop contributing to the Income Account's total?

I'm building a personal budget in GnuCash and after entering my starting equity, I've added my new paycheck in the Income section of my budget. I've entered it as transferred to my Checking Account ...
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Should I have a “Vacation” category in my budget?

In my budget, I have a "vacation" category that I track along with other categories (like car lease, dining, recreation, etc). When you are on vacation you obviously do things that could be tracked ...
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Budgeting with unforeseen social events

I read with interest a lot of people's advice on here about planning their finances. Some even have budgets down to the last penny. My question is pretty simple - if you're of that mindset - what do ...
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How to deal plan a budget with extremely variable income?

I am a full time master's student. My income comes exclusively in the form of irregular scholarships and grants, both in terms of time and amount. I have no regular income. For example, I might get ...
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What to do if I can't trust myself with monthly wages?

I work in the UK, like most people here I get paid once a month. I've been doing this for about 2 years now (on a modest income) and my ability to make the money last has not gotten better (if ...
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How do you deal with amazon.com when trying to track credit card spending per category?

I am trying to put together a budget and one issue I see is that I have a lot of amazon.com transactions that I don't know how to allocate given I am not sure if these are gifts, home goods, etc. Is ...

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