Posts tagged how-to
How to make a better budget? Start with the ingredients

I talk about budgeting a lot here. It’s...kind of my thing. But if you’ve read some of my posts about budgeting you’ve probably figured out that I don’t do “regular budgets”. I only do good budgets.


How do you make a good budget? Whether you’re building a better budget or making a gourmet meal, what do you start with? Better ingredients. If your building blocks aren’t right, how can your budget be right? You wouldn’t make a third-date-dinner with stale ingredients, would you? Why do you keep making “budgets” without of date ideas and tools?

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Psst...saving money can be as easy as brushing your teeth

If you’re reading this, you’re not saving enough money.


I know what you’re thinking: “UGH another one of those articles? Aren’t there enough? I’m embarrassed enough already!”  

I’ll spare you the dreadful statistics about American savings rates and net worth and the scary charts about how much you should have saved by now and oh my god that’s just for retirement and you’re also supposed to have some sort of giant emergency fund too, right? And if you have kids...I won’t say the dreaded C word but you know what I’m talking about.

Suffice to say, virtually none of us are saving enough money.

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10 Reasons It's So Hard to Save Money (And What To Do About Them)

Wanna know the #1 reason people reach out to me for help with their money?

Wanting to save more money, and not knowing how.

Why’s it so hard to save? You make a decent income. You know you make more than your basic expenses. So what’s going on?

  1. You don’t know where your money is going.

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How to Budget Like a Boss When You're Self-Employed

You’ve heard about budgeting. When you go down the rabbit hole of the internet trying to figure out how to get a handle on where your money is all going, you keep hearing, “get a budget!” or “try this software!” which, when you have a variable income, is like telling someone with a gushing head wound “have you thought about a bandage?”

 

Not helpful.

What if there was a way to budget your money that worked great for variable incomes?

There is - it’s called zero based budgeting. It’s a different system than what most budgeting systems are, which is why it works so much better for this instance. Whether you’re a freelancer, working a steady job with a side hustle, in a commission based job, or are a business owner - you can budget in a way that actually works.

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