Household finances: My SO and I have started to give ourselves "allowances" to put an outer limit on our discretionary spending. Have you done something similar? What did and didn't work? Any thoughts on the specific questions inside? [more inside]
posted by 5845(f)(1)(D)
on Sep 12, 2012 -
Looking for an online savings account or an elegant non-spreadsheet method to track my savings goals. [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth
on Nov 16, 2011 -
Need budget/bookkeeping software recommendations. Difficulty
: Mac-compatible. Additional difficulty
: It's for projecting/tracking expenses for NIH/NSF-awarded grants in an academic setting.
Inside I give a list of requirements (most of which aren't grant-specific) and you tell me what software packages can accomplish 'em. [more inside]
posted by supercres
on Sep 28, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
I'm moving to LA soon and have two questions.
First, I have a rental budget of around $1200 to $1500 a month for a one-bedroom (not a studio!). I want to live close enough to enjoy all that LA has to offer but not so close that I have to pay way more for a lot less. Any ideas on areas of town, specific rental agencies, websites, complexes, etc.
Second, is living out there really all that much more expensive than saying living in Houston, Texas for example? Can anyone offer specifics on what costs so much.
posted by JPowers
on Jul 27, 2005 -
Is there a formula somewhere that will help me determine how much I should be paying for rent based on my income? I’m moving to Boston, and I think I am looking at places in the correct price range, but how can I be sure? Let’s say my partner and I make a combined income of $65K. Is there an online tool that can help me plug in my estimated monthlies and come up with the declaration: Since you are living in TownX, you should pay between Y and Z in rent. Any more, and you’re going to be setting yourself up for disaster!
posted by abbyladybug
on Jul 7, 2005 -