Personal Finance

Money Hacks Carnival #80

Welcome to the Money Hacks Carnival #80 — an awesome roundup of posts spanning investing, personal finance, frugality and making the most of your money. I won’t bore you with an introduction, so it’s on to the carnival! (But, if you’re new here, download the first three days of Automatic Finances for free!) Editor’s Picks […]

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Personal Finance on YouTube: What to Watch

We haven’t delved too much into the world of personal finance video (besides a gem called “In This Economy“), but there are a good number worth watching online. While some personal finance podcasts are video, YouTube is host to multiple channels dedicated to improving your bottom line. Here are a few personal finance channels to […]

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Weekend Linkage: Buy and Hold, Overdrafts and the Internet Revolution

As we get into the middle of August and closer to the end of summer, we’ll start to get back into the swing of things. And as employment numbers “get better” — meaning less people are filing for unemployment — and the stock market ticks back up, perhaps brighter days are right around the corner. […]

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Weekend Linkage: Smart Women, Unemployment and South Park

Happy 4th of July, everyone! Hopefully you’re enjoying the day with a BBQ, family and some fireworks. Today’s Weekend Linkage will be a bit shorter, so you can read a few great stories and then get back to your day. Liz Pulliam Weston, writing at MSN Money, wonders Do smart women marry money? I have […]

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10 Personal Finance Blogs You’re Missing Out On

The personal finance blogosphere is exploding. What used to be a small niche topic has turned into a place where regular, normal people are documenting their journeys getting out of debt, saving money and growing their net worth. But there are undoubtedly a few leaders in the arena. If you have any interest in reading […]

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33 Free Personal Finance Templates for Google Docs

I’m a big fan of Google Docs — the search engine company’s cloud competitor to the Microsoft Office suite of applications — especially when it comes to managing my files or schedule or ideas when I’m using my iPhone or computer other than my standard iMac. I haven’t gotten too deep into using its spreadsheet […]

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Share Your Story With Us

You may have noticed that, in the past few weeks, we’ve had a number of posts from new authors; in addition to the weekly contributions from Fred Siegmund, there have been stories from Louis and Lee. As Automatic Finances grows, we’re looking to add even more contributors to the mix. If you’ve got something interesting […]

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Weekend Linkage: Online Banking, Tools and Automation

If there was no theme to last week’s Weekend Linkage, this week is the complete opposite: each story draws directly from the Automatic Finances system for money management. Saving for Serenity lays out a plan for Automating Annual Expenses like birthday/anniversary/Christmas presents, offering two options: setting up subaccounts for specific goals, or having one bigger […]

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5 Personal Finance Podcasts Worth Downloading

Every day, I listen to and watch a number of podcasts using iTunes, including news, technology and plenty of personal finance. While you don’t need to have an iPod (or even iTunes) to listen to the tons of podcasts available, the iTunes Store seems to have the biggest selection of content all in one place. […]

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Microsoft Money Discontinued, Thanks Online Banking

Microsoft Money is headed for the grave. The personal finance software, one of the big two desktop programs (along with Quicken), is being discontinued for sale at the end of this month. The reason? Banks and other online services are doing the job, according to a posting on Microsoft’s Money site. With banks, brokerage firms […]

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How to Manage Your Personal Finances Online

While Automatic Finances teaches you how to use account aggregators, online banking and automated systems to manage your finances, there are a number of Web tools we don’t go into. From finding a virtual financial adviser to stock-picking advice to forecasting your future financial situation, new Web tools to manage your personal finances seem to […]

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Please Ignore This Advice

Remember how most fund managers can’t offer you anything except lower returns and higher fees? Well, in response to the economy, more fund managers are beginning to actively manage their clients’ accounts — and abandon the tried-and-true strategy of buy-and-hold. From the Wall Street Journal – Advisers Ditch ‘Buy and Hold’ For New Tactics (via […]

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The Balanced Budget: Every Penny Has a Purpose

When I first started tracking our spending, it was mostly to determine where our money was going. Although we had spending targets set for each category, we weren’t really sticking to the numbers — just aiming to be around them. While that system works for us, you may need something like the envelope system to […]

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