Good Financial Reads: Being Intentional with Money and Lowering Your Expenses

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July 17, 2015

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Catch up on some of the latest posts with this week's roundup:



4 Ways To Start Being Intentional With Your Finances

by Brandon Marcott, Edify Financial Planning

Many of us are caught in a cycle of spending. We have no grip over our finances. We have no concept of the lies that are supporting our spending behaviors. And as a result, our pockets are empty and we feel even farther away from the promise of an abundant life—what exists outside of the hold of money.

Yet, in the midst of this, an internal battle is happening between two other thoughts. 1) There is at least a small part of us that knows a truly abundant life is not one of endless consumption, and, in fact, could lead to our financial unwinding. 2) We are convinced everyone around us has everything figured out financially and has no concern or worry about their consumption.

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How to Reduce Your Monthly Cell Phone Budget to as Low as $10

by Ben Wacek, Wacek Financial Planning

Twenty years ago a “cell phone” category didn’t even show up on a budget, while today the average American spends more than $100/month for cell phone service. In this blog post I want to tell you about a way to bring your monthly cell phone bill closer to that of 1995 ($0), than 2015 – and I’m not asking you to give up your cell phone!

This is my second blog post in a series of practical ideas to save money. In my last post I told you how to reduce your grocery bill by 44% and today I’ll tell you how to lower your monthly cell phone bill to as little as $10/month.

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Expect These Unexpected Expenses: July Edition

by Brian Wright, UniteWright

With tax season now mostly behind me for the year, it is time for me to weigh in on unexpected expenses. July is a month often filled with family and friends. It is usually HOT! It is the warmest month in the Northern Hemisphere on average. It also includes “National Ice Cream Month” and “National Hot Dog Month.” These are just a few of the things that need to be considered when sitting down and working on your budget. Here we go…

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How To Determine If You Are Overpaying For Home & Auto Insurance

by Daniel Wrenne, Wrenne Financial Planning

Apparently some home and auto insurance companies are using the cable company business model – they treat new customers to the best deals and stick it to the most loyal and longtime customers. The good news about home and auto insurance is that there are many more options out there than with cable.

Do yourself a favor: review your home and auto insurance every couple years. Make sure your limits and coverage amounts are appropriate for your situation. Make sure you are getting a fair deal. If you’re not sure what’s fair, ask someone for help. Remember, nobody cares about your money more than you do!

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