Six Most Commonly Missed Expenses for August

Six Most Commonly Missed Expenses for August

Can you hear that? School bells are ringing. Somehow summer’s nearly gone. (Where did it go?) Maybe you’re not ready for summer to end—but you should make sure your budget is!

If you’re still popping leftover firecrackers in denial that summer’s over, it’s time to move on. As you arrange your budget for all the change August can bring, think of these commonly overlooked expenses:

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How to Stick to Your Budget

How to Stick to Your Budget

A budget should be a reflection of your life.

Think of it as a cozy, well-maintained house for your money—the kind with paint colors Joanna Gaines would love and furniture made by the hottest new designers. In this case, you’re the designer, so you decide where your money goes each month.

That means if you want to shop a big sale or go out to eat more often, no problem. Just arrange it in your budget first. And if you want to save for a new couch or put money toward debt, that’s fantastic! Dedicate some space for it.

The trouble comes when you start overspending in your restaurant budget then “sneak” money from your sofa savings to pay for your fast food cravings. Remember, your budget isn’t open concept; it has separate rooms for a reason.

Let’s discuss some simple housekeeping tips for a beautifully balanced budget.

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What’s Your Budgeting Personality? Take Our Fun Quiz!

What’s Your Budgeting Personality? Take Our Fun Quiz!

How many personality profiles have you taken over the years? Between Myers Briggs, Enneagram and The 5 Love Languages, you probably know yourself pretty well.

But what about your budgeting personality? Did you even know you had one?

Learn all about it with our fun, 11-question quiz, adapted from Financial Peace University. When you discover your inner budgeter, you discover how to make a better budget. Oh, and did we mention it’s fun?

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6 Creative Ways to Make Extra Money

6 Creative Ways to Make Extra Money

You’re torn. You’d love to start building up your Christmas fund, paying down debt, or saving for an anniversary trip, but your budget’s already jam-packed.

You don’t want to commit to another full-time job to pump up your income. After all, your free time is precious to you.

But what if you didn’t have to overwork yourself to meet your budgeting goals? What if you didn’t even have to get a traditional second job? Here are six smart ways to make extra money without sacrificing all your down time.

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