Create Your Own Automatic Plan

Create Your Own Automatic Plan

The Next Generation of Online Banking

I have recently shared ideas to make an account inventory, track everything in one place, create your first budget, and start saving for retirement. I kept mentioning automation. Now that you have a good understanding of your money, it is time to automate it to save you time, money, and headache. … [Read more...]

Automate Your Account Tracking

Automate Your Account Tracking

Relax People

Now that you have done a full account inventory and closed your inactive accounts, it is time to making tracking your accounts and organizing your statements easier and quicker. I use a few free tools to keep my accounts and transactions organized, and you get them setup in just a few minutes. … [Read more...]

11 IFTTT Recipes To Make Your Finances Easier

11 IFTTT Recipes To Make Your Finances Easier

Wall_Street_Sign

IFTTT is one of the most useful (and free) web apps I have ever found. IFTTT, which stands for “If This, Then That” can automatically connect you, your social media, news, and tons of other apps for automatic actions. Here are a few of my favorite recipes for staying connected to your finances and saving money. … [Read more...]

7 Ideas to Make Your Commute Suck Less

7 Ideas to Make Your Commute Suck Less

Bad Traffic Commute

I drive 20 miles in rush hour traffic to work and back every day. I have a good job at a good company and I live where I want to live around friends and a great neighborhood. But connecting the two is torture every day. Here are six ways I’ve found to make the drive less terrible. … [Read more...]

Never Miss a Bill Again

Never Miss a Bill Again

Verizon Cell Phone Bill

Missing bills totally sucks. It doesn’t happen to most of us very often, but when it does it is frustrating. It can cost us money in fees, extra time and stress, and for some bills can even lower our credit scores. To avoid this totally sucky thing, here are a few tips to never miss a bill again. … [Read more...]

Be Prepared to Lose Your Wallet

Be Prepared to Lose Your Wallet

5 Tips for an Organized Wallet (or Purse)

You reach into your pocket to grab your wallet. You feel around. Your stomach drops. It's not there!Hopefully you will never have to go through this scenario that millions of people have had to deal with. Only one in five lost wallets makes it way back to its owner, so it is very important to be prepared for the worst case scenario if your wallet goes missing. … [Read more...]

Planning My First Credit Card Churn

Planning My First Credit Card Churn

Planning My First Credit Card Churn

If you regularly read travel hacking blogs, you have probably heard the term “churn” used quite a bit. For the uninitiated, a churn is a strategy used to sign up for new credit cards to maximize signup and bonus offers to rack up a huge number of frequent flyer miles and travel points quickly. … [Read more...]

Combine and Simplify Your Accounts to Save Time, Money, and Headache

Combine and Simplify Your Accounts to Save Time, Money, and Headache

Combine and Simplify Your Accounts to Save Time, Money, and Headache

Over time, many of us become account collectors. You have that old checking account at the bank by your parent’s house. The checking account you use now, and maybe the old one you never closed. Over the last 10 years you collected three 401(k) accounts as you moved jobs, and opened a couple of investment accounts of your own.This is way too much account clutter. Here are … [Read more...]

Zero Inbox Week

Zero Inbox Week

Zero Inbox Week

Some long time readers may remember a series of posts I wrote called “inbox clutter week.” The goal of the week was to wrangle and manage your emails to get your inbox down to zero. I have leveraged that post series to create a brand new email course called Zero Inbox Week. The idea is simple. Each day for a week, you get an email delivered with tips to get your email under … [Read more...]

5 Best Mobile Apps to Save You Money

5 Best Mobile Apps to Save You Money

5 Best Mobile Apps to Save You Money

For most of us, our smart phones are only a money drain. We pay at least $40 per month, on a family plan, or up to hundreds per month for unlimited plans, to get our calls and internet wherever we are. We can use those phones, though, to save us money. Here are my favorite free money saving apps. … [Read more...]