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The Real Secret to Personal Finance Success: Your Backup Plan

by Jackie Beck

Don't let a financial iceberg sink you.

Planning is key to so much of personal finance — it’s how we get ahead and stay ahead. Without planning, we just scramble to react, or make decisions that can be bad for us because they aren’t well thought-out. (You know how it is when you’re forced to give an answer quickly, and then later you think of something better you could have said or done…)

But it’s not just planning for things you want to have happen that matters. You’ve also got to plan for the what ifs; the things you actively don’t want to have happen. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Money Management on 04.07.14 with 1 comment.

The Secret Power of No

by Jackie Beck

It’s tempting to think of “no” as a bad word, because who likes to be told no? But get to know the secret power of no, and you’ll discover that “no” is a great word.

Why?

It can help you in two ways. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Emotions & Money on 03.31.14 with 3 comments.

How to Find Time to Do the Things That Matter

by Jackie Beck

Do you wish you had more time to do the things that matter? Here's how to find it.

Are you thinking of starting a side business or working on some other big project this year, but feeling stressed out because you’re not sure how you’ll be able to fit it in?

If so, you’ve probably uttered these six words: “If only I had more time”.

But the truth is, you’re lamenting the wrong thing. You already have all the time you’re ever going to have.

It’s a matter of how you use that time. Every day. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Setting & Achieving Goals on 03.24.14 with 4 comments.

Three Reasons You Should Create a Bare Bones Budget

by Jackie Beck

3 reasons to create a bare-bones budget (before you need it)

I have two spending plans — one that amounts to a bare bones budget, and another that’s what I really typically spend each month.

Why do I have a bare bones budget that I don’t use? (And why do I think you should give creating one a try too?) Three reasons. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Budgeting on 03.17.14 with 1 comment.

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