"Money makes the world go 'round." (I thought that was gravity...) "Gravity makes the world go 'round."  Or was that, "The Mint makes the Coin become round?"  Or,  "Mint settles your stomach..."

"Money talk" can be upsetting to some Tender constitutions (hence the Mint), so we want to ease your worried mind.  We all need money (unless we're dead).  Therefore, the better we are at managing money, the more we'll keep and the more we won't have to make later.  EVERY person/family needs a budget.  Start there.  We were living paycheck to paycheck until we started a simple budget:

Write down what you make every payday./for the year.
Write down all your bills every month/for the year and multiply by 12 to get their totals for the year.
Divide everything by the number of paydays for you in a year.
Then divide those numbers into bi-weekly or whatever frequency you get paid, so if you get paid bi-weekly, then there are usually 24 or 26 paydays/paychecks a year.
Then portion your paycheck out every two weeks to cover each bills requirement for that pay period, so that by the end of the year, (or end of the month) there will be enough in savings to pay the bill.
We've created our own spreadsheet budget from sctratch (although it has grown over the years as we have added to it as we think of new expenses.)  We pretty much have everything that we've ever thought of or had to buy or wanted to buy and put it on this list.  You can use this template to create your own custom budget.  (One of the greatest things about budgets is that they let you save up for the things you want as well as the things you need.)  You can start with zero (we did) and now, everything is being paid off, we are saving for the things we want, we are saving for things we will need in the future (like a new roof and new appliances) and the budget even found us extra money that we are now investing for our retirement!
A little work in the beginning, some maintaining of the budget during the year, and a budget will create opportnites for you and set you free!  You no longer have to worry if eating out will put you "over" this month... with a budget, you can see exactly how much you have to spend at your favorite restaurant.  And, if there's not enough in the budget this month, you can edit your budget to reallocate money from another area to set aside more for eating out next month! (Or, you could skip eating out one week to save up for a nicer meal with double your allocation next week!)  Budgets = Power.

Our budget template (encoding into web format... processing...)

 

On a seperate Note:
$3000 invested @ 5% would yield $150 in dividends/year - enough to pay for this website every year - forever... or 10 domain renewals every year - forever.  (We could own 10 domains...)
 

 

 

 

(and yes... the Green background depicts how much money we have rightn ow...
look at that... not even enough money to afford typing lessons... (Hunny, add a line for typing lessons to the budget... $4/Every 2 Weeks should be a good starting point and we'll edit that up or down when we find out how much it's actually going to cost for those.  Thanks!)
You could pad our budget with the extra you find in your budget... or you could invest that into your children's or grandchildren's future, or you could just spend it selfishly on Pogs, Pez, Deoderant, or shoes... wait, those last two should already be on your budget, espeically the former.  So, before you spend your extra on a new flameless cigarette lighter and you don't even smoke, thinking about partnering with us!
(This is not Legal advice, just an option that is working fo rus... Rus?  Who's Russ?  And why is budgeting working for him?)

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