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In search of some intermediate financial advice.

MeFites have always been pretty good at giving basic financial advice, like how to start saving, building a budget, getting out of debt, etc. I'm there already. I find myself in the surprising situation of being comfortable these days, and I'd like to know: what's next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2014 - 13 answers

 

Calling all Freelance/Paycheck couples...(wall o text, sorry!)

How do you budget? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Setting up a home together– financials

Two people -- both in 40ish-- are talking about the possibility of moving in together. We are in a loving and serious long-term relationship. There has been an initial talk about how we might handle finances and we came to conclusion that there are many ways we could handle them. I read a few posts about how couples handle finances, but am looking for some more viewpoints/options for us to consider and discuss. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2013 - 11 answers

What's the best place to live on a low budget given a life-consuming job in Manhattan near Madison Square Park? And how low can I go both before and after unintelligible-but-critically-important-tax-stuff?

What's the best place to live on a low budget given a life-consuming job in Manhattan near Madison Square Park? And how low can I go both before and after unintelligible-but-critically-important-tax-stuff? [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Jan 6, 2013 - 21 answers

How do I survive on a pittence while returning to school?

Job hunting and money hacks for less-than-shoestring budget while returning to school? Help me not become a fatality of class warfare. Very complicated and snowflakey stuff inside. [more inside]
posted by Ephelump Jockey on Jan 1, 2013 - 20 answers

Where's the money, Lebowski?

My husband and I have a bunch of money leftover at the end of each month after bills have come out, but we don't know where it is. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Dec 3, 2012 - 57 answers

How do I prioritize between emergency savings, retirement, and student loan payments in a new marriage?

Newly married, and trying to figure out emergency savings vs. retirement vs. paying off debt vs. saving for a family. Please help me prioritize. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 7, 2012 - 22 answers

Help a n00b create a personal budget!

Novice/don't know what the hell I'm doing Filter: Moving away from home for the first time and need to create a budget! Any tips/help? [more inside]
posted by horizonseeker on Jun 20, 2012 - 10 answers

Someone to count the coins in that jar for me.

How does one go about finding a personal accountant in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Apr 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Financial responsibility for dummies

Hey Mefites! Please help me become more financially responsible. I don't think I live particularly extravagantly but I don't even know how to start budgeting. I live pretty much paycheck to paycheck. I feel really bad about this, and could do with some ideas about how to build up a money-tracking and budgeting plan from scratch. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Feb 29, 2012 - 26 answers

Like water, money slips through my fingers...

Mid-40's father having nervous breakdown over money woes and long standing relationship to money. [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon on Feb 18, 2012 - 26 answers

I Need Motivational Help!

I've asked here about HOW to budget for a family, but darn it, I can't bring myself to do it! I need help. (Perhaps psychological help.) [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Nov 10, 2011 - 17 answers

Mass transit.

I'm spending nearly $400/month on automotive-related expenses for a car I don't enjoy driving. That's about 25% of my monthly income, and when it really comes down to it, I think I'd rather be saving that money for something better, like travel. Or education. Or Scotch. Lots and lots of Scotch. [more inside]
posted by bhayes82 on Nov 7, 2011 - 34 answers

Cash rules some things around me.

If you use budgeting software, do you have a good system for tracking and categorizing your cash spending? [more inside]
posted by andrewcilento on Jul 17, 2011 - 16 answers

What budgeting software do bi-weekly earners use?

Help me find a simple budgeting software that knows how to handle bi-weekly income and spending. [more inside]
posted by Dojie on Jul 14, 2011 - 9 answers

How can I remain calm, focused and accurate when dealing with personal finances?

How can I get more organized about money and more on top of my budget when my brain freezes up at the sight of bills and bank statements? [more inside]
posted by sucky_poppet on Jun 10, 2011 - 17 answers

How do you judge if you can afford something?

How do you judge if you can afford something? [more inside]
posted by matthewr on May 19, 2011 - 23 answers

Any other YNABers out there?

I'm a newbie to YNAB software and need some input from fellow users: What is the best way to learn how to use this software? There are so many forums, tutorials, videos, and the manual (which is a nightmare to use) that I am lost! Help! I just want a step-by-step guide that goes in some kind of sequential order and shows me how to use all aspects of the program. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Apr 3, 2011 - 5 answers

Best app for tracking spending?

Best app for tracking my daily expenses? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty on Feb 15, 2011 - 14 answers

Kan I Haz Household Budget Manager???

Looking for this type of service.... [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon on Feb 9, 2011 - 6 answers

I earned some money, help me keep it!

special snowflake finance filter: Got my first real job. Now that I'm making money, what do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Jan 17, 2011 - 19 answers

How can I build a better budget?

Special snowflake budget filter: I tracked my spending in 2010, how can I improve my budget for 2011? [more inside]
posted by gillianr on Jan 4, 2011 - 14 answers

Needing help from the super thrifty!

Is our financial/academic plan even possible? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Dec 6, 2010 - 25 answers

Financial management software wanted

Looking for free budgeting software. There are certain things I must have. Patience for doing my own research on this is obviously not one of them. [more inside]
posted by asockpuppet on Dec 6, 2010 - 6 answers

Budgeting for an unpredictable income

I realized shortly after asking this question that I should have made it more directly about how to budget with an irregular, unpredictable (freelance) income. [more inside]
posted by The Dutchman on Nov 19, 2010 - 5 answers

What's a reasonable clothing budget?

How much is reasonable to spend on clothing each month? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2010 - 68 answers

So what about Mint?

I like Mint.com and I want to use it. My wife, she disagrees. This has caused some consternation. Maybe you can help. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Nov 10, 2010 - 45 answers

Spendy.

How do you temper or tone down your entertainment/recreation spending? [more inside]
posted by Small Pockets on Nov 9, 2010 - 21 answers

Calorie counter for my wallet

I'd love to get a handle on my money the same way I'm getting a handle on my eating. I've been using Fatsecret and its corresponding Android app for several weeks now to lose weight...and it's working! I think the reasons it works for me are A) it forces me to eat consciously; I know I will be entering the calories, so instead of scarfing eight cookies, I'm counting so I can enter the right amount in Fatsecret later, B) It's simple (takes only a moment to choose a food, dropdown menu for portion, barcode scanner/can enter food anywhere with app; I don't have to think about when, what, how often to eat), C) It's almost like a game (Hey, only 74% of allotted calories today! Woo!) I want something like that for money. [more inside]
posted by The Dutchman on Nov 9, 2010 - 9 answers

I'm self-employed, and looking for a formula for dividing up my income.

I'm self-employed, and looking for a formula for dividing up my income. I am currently in the UK, and just about to file my first tax return since I've been here. Once I know what tax will actually cost me in this country, I would really like to have a sense of where the rest of my money should go. [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Oct 18, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me get what I need from my live-in boyfriend!

My boyfriend and I have been living together officially for about 4 months, and our relationship is only about 8 months old altogether. It's worked out fine for the most part, but now we're moving to a new place and I'm about to reach the end of my rapidly-fraying financial patience rope. (advance apologies for length) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2010 - 25 answers

I need suggestions for Mac budgeting software.

What is the best budgeting software for a Mac that I can sync with an iPhone? [more inside]
posted by miltoncat on Sep 17, 2010 - 7 answers

Looking for a program that will track deposits and expenses

Looking for software or an app that will allow me to track expenses via SMS, but that will also allow me to track how much money is left in my account. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Aug 23, 2010 - 3 answers

Moving cross-country. No new address. No money... Yikes!

My girlfriend and I are shipping all non fixtures from our 1 bedroom apartment across the country. We will not have a new address until after we move. What is the best way to ship everything? [more inside]
posted by 1awesomeguy on Aug 11, 2010 - 8 answers

Can we be happy without an entertainment line item in our budget?

Can we be happy without an entertainment line item in our budget? [more inside]
posted by Wuggie Norple on Aug 3, 2010 - 22 answers

Help for a first time international traveler

I'm considering taking an international vacation next summer. I've never been outside of North America and I have very little disposable income. Besides saving and obtaining a passport, what can I do in the next year to prepare? Is there anything I can do now or soon that will make my trip less expensive? What are some great budget travel locations? [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 on Jul 18, 2010 - 17 answers

Quicken and Mint - The best of both worlds

Please help me find financial management software that both (1) keeps data in sync when used on multiple devices and, (2) works offline. [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Apr 22, 2010 - 10 answers

Here's all my passwords dude

Rudder or Mint? Is there a big difference between these two services? I'm an obsessive bank account checker and pay everything online. [more inside]
posted by sarelicar on Nov 16, 2009 - 15 answers

Drop and give me 36 (months of consecutive on-time payments)

I'm looking for a financial coach, someone who can help me develop better financial habits. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2009 - 12 answers

Help me avoid spending like a sailor on shore leave

What are some tips on wisely handling an increase in income? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2009 - 19 answers

Shortening the leash on a financially irresponsible spouse?

Seeking techniques for aiding/supporting/educating a financially irresponsible spouse who talks the talk but won't walk the walk. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2009 - 27 answers

Cutting the umbilical cord

This moving out thing, uh...how do I do this (financially)? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Apr 6, 2009 - 37 answers

credit ratings across nations

I was born in the US, lived in Canada for ten years, and moved back to the States last year. While I was in Canada, I built up a solid credit rating- I had two credit cards, an unsecured line of credit with low interest (7%) and overdraft protection on my checking account up to $3,500. At one point when I was underemployed I built up some credit card debt, but I payed it off. Last year, when I moved back to the US for grad school, I got into a bad pattern of leaning on my credit cards and low-interest line of credit to pay for moving and start up expenses. This June, the world financial collapse coincided with one of my own- I was employed super part time, was making around $750 a month and was struggling to pay rent and buy $20 worth of groceries a week. I just couldn't pay my debt, and I paid very minimally, then not at all. I know I probably should have called the bank and tried to work something out, but what can I say- I panicked and froze. Currently, my total debt load is $14,000 on the line of credit, $3,700 on the overdraft and $1,400 on my Visa. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2009 - 6 answers

more bang for my meager buck

I'm going to Rome for one week in February. How can I cheap out on lodging while there? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Dec 9, 2008 - 10 answers

How is babby paid for?

Advice/resources for adjusting our household budget to accommodate a child? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 1, 2008 - 14 answers

What's your secret tip for saving money at the grocery store?

What's your secret tip for saving money at the grocery store? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Sep 15, 2008 - 59 answers

Help me cut costs without feeling the pinch.

Obvious or creative--shameless or shady, even!--ways to cut costs and live cheap? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on Aug 19, 2008 - 68 answers

Inspire me with your frugality

Total financial ruin filter: I am terrible at managing my very small amount of money. How did you learn to manage your money better than me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2008 - 38 answers

Help me budget!

Given that I have no bills to pay, what percentage of my wages should I save and how much should I take as spending money? [more inside]
posted by DMan on Apr 6, 2008 - 19 answers

Recommendations for a financial advisor/accountant for a young couple?

Recommendations for a financial advisor/accountant for a young couple in NYC? [more inside]
posted by scazza on Jan 30, 2008 - 2 answers

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