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The American Dream v2.0

Rob Loftus ·
Out With The Old And In With The New The American Dream. A house in the suburbs, 2.5 children, fancy car in the driveway and a job with a pension and gold watch. This may sound a little bit outdated, but it’s still the structure, on the whole, of the American Dream. However, there has always been one flaw in this dream. DEBT. 78% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck and are literally two paychecks away from losing everything. When this happens, and it does, people find themselves losing...
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Re: Budgeting for 2019!

Nicole ·
We live on a strict budget but do use the credit cards for everything to get the cash back bonus each December. I have had to create a new budget column (Last August) for hospital parking for when we can't get the free parking on the street. I make a grocery list each month to do our big monthly shop & stick to the dollar amount, there are no extras, milk & produce is bought weekly after that with the remainder. The credit card is paid off in full each month. With the credit cards...
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How did you get started working towards your financial goals?

Briana ·
Learning about how to manage your finances is hard! Today, we are inundated with tons of personal finance content - do this, don't spend that - but what's the right advice? Where do we start? For me -- it's the whole "pay yourself first method," which is exactly what I've started doing to start building a savings (and travel fund!) Each paycheck, I'm intentionally depositing a portion of each check into my savings account - that I'm not allowed to touch. Instead of going out to eat numerous...
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Moore Income ·
"Pay Yourself First" was definitely a big one for me. Although it took me a while to fully grasp the concept. I started learning about it but was hesitant to apply it to my life. I got married last year which was a huge change for me but it also opened my eyes to my lack of financial knowledge and the need to get things under control. Fear was partially a motivator. The fear of getting further in debt and becoming another statistic. Fear of not being able to live a fulfilling life because of...
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BeckAtsila ·
I second "The Richest Man in Babylon". I do something similar to what you do--I get paid on Fridays and each Friday put aside a small amount of money into the Stash app--I'm saving up for a trip to Iceland. I work in the restaurant business and get free food and free coffee, which helps out with my grocery bill. Right now I'm concentrating on paying debt, but had to raid my emergency fund for this month's payment because my hours at work got cut due to road construction. I have several side...
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Briana ·
I love Stash! It's helping me save for my Greece trip right now too. I want to check out this "More for Less" cookbook -- I've been searching for something exactly like this so thank you for the recommendation! If you have any money-saving travel tips, feel free to share! I'd love to hear them =)
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Re: How did you get started working towards your financial goals?

KellyFromKeene ·
I went through a time where life just turned upside down, and I realized that I needed to make some significant financial changes. Its amazing how I was 'struggling' when there was 3 times the money I make now, coming into the house. I did a complete overhaul of my expenses and cut out what was not necessary. It was brutal, but good! I did 'no spend' months, set up several different accounts for savings, and budgeted. I got rid of all credit cards for 5 years and lived only on what I made. I...
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Re: How did you get started working towards your financial goals?

Bonnie Squires ·
I've $1,000 in the bank and each friday will add $10 to this. I've paid 2 credit cards off with my tax returns and I'm using the money from those monthly payments to pay off other credit cards I'm all so working on my website and selling flash cards,puzzles and other things like that to home school teachers. All so I'll be making candy wrappers. I'm all so looking into selling mugs my be other things. Most will be down loads so no going to the post office. This money will be used to pay off...
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Budgeting for 2019!

Rob Loftus ·
I Resolve To Budget! Everyone wants to start off the New Year right, in one form or another. One out of the top 20 most common New Year's resolutions is to start a budget. Starting a budget is a popular resolution that many have difficulty accomplishing. Keeping this resolution often requires a major reduction of people's comfort and conventional habits which is something many people don’t want to give up. However, nothing good worth doing is going to come without sacrifice. So, do you feel...
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Finances - What Do You Struggle With?

Moore Income ·
Money - its a topic most of us have been aware of/talk about often. Although I personally grew up with parents who were pretty good with money, we were by no means wealthy and it was a topic that intrigued me from an early age. I was just 14 years old when I first started looking for a way to earn money online while we were living in Nicaragua, Central America. Unfortunately, I am ashamed to say that when I left Nicaragua and returned to the States and got a job, I did not handle my money...
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Deon Christie ·
And a very effective way of saving @Briana . I do the same with regards to savings and emergency funds. But that is placed aside and cannot be accessed easily. I have saved up for many things this way, because I don't like accounts. Apart from mortgage, insurances and the really necessary stuff. But I never buy appliances, linen, clothes etc through accounts. You save quite a bit on interest costs this way.
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Re: The American Dream v2.0

FreebiePharm ·
Great read! Thanks for sharing. The hardest part for most is facing reality and making sacrifices to come out better in the end and when the crisis hits, you will be prepared!
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Re: The American Dream v2.0

KellyFromKeene ·
Great reminder, thank you. And congratulations!! Its so, SO important to know right where you are in therms of finances. So many people, including me at one time, just hide their head in the sand. Things will never get better unless you are willing to make changes, and you have to know where you are to start out.
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