Money Management

My (Very Simple) Bill Paying System

I like things that are simple. (So does my wife…That’s why she married me…hehe…DORK!) So, I have created a super-simple way to manage all of my “online accessible accounts”. Please note: I can access all of my regular, monthly bills, online, except for my local phone bill. Here’s what I do. First: I use the Firefox browser, which allows me to open multiple browsing tabs. I open all of my accounts at one time, each in its own tab. Second: I right-click on one of the tabs, and select the “bookmark all open tabs” feature. This allows me to make a bookmark of each of the billing sites. Third: When the bookmark option folder opens, I create a folder for…

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Family

Vacation is Over…

I’m back from my vacation! My family and I spent 8 days in St. Augustine, FL, and we had a wonderful time. A tropical storm came through Florida last Monday, but we were unaffected by it. The whether was wonderful all week long, the temps were not too high, no one got sun-burned, and my little boy learned to jump off the side of the pool. Now, it’s time to get back into the personal finance swing-of-things: The budget for our vacation worked out perfectly. (We stayed at a BEAUTIFUL condo that one of our friends owns, so that much was FREE!!!) We took 500 dollars in cash, and came home with money to spare. We ate out almost everynight,…

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Goals

New Savings Goal Attained Plus Emergency Fund Poll and Discussion

I sent in another 2300 dollars this month, for a total of 10, 800 dollars. I will not post this as my official update over at the NCN Network site, just yet. I might have to take a few of these dollars back if a current work program sputters a bit. Either Way, I am at 54 percent of my goal of 20K. I am saving roughly 2600 dollars per month for the year of 2006. Our take-home pay in that same period has been roughly 5200 dollars, give or take a few hundred bucks. So, roughly 1 half of our paychecks go into savings. Yay!!! Once we get the emergency savings taken care of, putting aside 15 to 30…

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