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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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Is there a standard for the "transaction type"?

After designing and using my personal bookkeeping system for quite some time, I realized that it lacks one column: what "type" of transaction it is. I have made it a smallint called type ...
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How do I assign dollar value to different life activities like vacation, health so I can prioritize them [closed]

Most of us think in terms of what's profitable to use and what's not. It's easy to apply to business related expenses because you know how much money it will bring you back. But there are other things ...
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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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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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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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Do people tend to spend less when using cash than credit cards?

I know this is a popular theory on this site and finance blogs/media in general, but I'd like to know if there is any reliable research on the subject. I can share personal experience that makes me ...
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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 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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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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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'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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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 to estimate income tax rate for making a budget?

I am currently applying for jobs in a variety of U.S. cities, and I'm trying to estimate what my net monthly salary will be based on different gross yearly salaries. I have a draft budget in a ...
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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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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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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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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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What do I need to know before getting a loan?

Recently, due to a series of events, I've been finding myself... uncomfortable with my financial situation. I'm not in debt, but my account balance did drop into the low three-digit figures a couple ...
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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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How much should I spend on my expenses such as housing, groceries, entertainment, etc?

This is more of a hypothetical question I have been curious about. I am looking for a general answer for the average person, not a specific answer tailored to my exact situation. So I will not be ...
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How should I make a budget?

How do you go about making a budget? Where do you start (ie: with income or expenses)? Related: Where can I find an example of a really basic family budget?
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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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I can make a budget, but how can I get myself to consistently follow my budget?

I'm able to sit down and put together a budget. My problem is following it. After about a month of being strict, I lose sight of things, and get off the budget. It's then a couple of months later ...
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How to do the maths on affordability?

I have a bad or no idea on how to budget. We are moving but I don't know If I can afford the rent as the family grows and I need my own study. How can a person measure how much to spend on food, car, ...
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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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What is the best way to manage your hard earned money? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 do you verify your household budget?

I have a monthly household budget where I track income and expenses broken down by category. It's just an Excel spreadsheet where I enter the amounts from all receipts into the appropriate category. ...
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How does the envelope budgeting system work?

I have seen a little bit about the "Envelope System" for spending, and while I think I have the rough idea of it, how does it work in detail. I know there is http://www.mvelopes.com/, but this site ...
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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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Emotionally driven to buy a house. Does it make financial sense?

I am a US citizen living in Europe, so this question might be complicated by tax laws, but let's just ignore them for now. Basically, I am really emotionally driven to buy a house but am realizing ...
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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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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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Why do mortgage affordability recommendations use gross income?

Whenever I see someone ask how to calculate how big a mortgage he can afford, the answer almost always comes back as a percentage of gross income. Why use gross income as the baseline? Why not net ...
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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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