3rd Quarter 2017 Spending

Expense Tracking Update – 3rd Quarter 2017 Spending Hits and Misses

What I dreaded at first, has become quite the quarterly challenge.  Yes, I am talking about tracking my expenses.  A few years ago, I would have never thought about or done anything about it.  But since tracking my expenses for all of 2016 and discovering several eye-opening expense drains, I am now a believer!  Deep down I hope that putting my expenses out there and documenting my progress will turn you into an expense tracking believer as well. continue reading…

Expense Tracking Update 2nd Quarter 2017

Expense Tracking Update – 2nd Quarter 2017 Spending Hits and Misses

What I dreaded at first, has become quite the quarterly challenge.  Yes, I am talking about tracking my expenses.  A few years ago, I would have never said, thought about, or done anything about it.  But since tracking my expenses for all of 2016 and discovering several eye-opening expense drains, I am now a believer!  Deep down I hope that putting my expenses out there and documenting my progress will turn you into an expense continue reading…

Expense Tracking Update - 1st Quarter 2017 Spending Hits and Misses

Expense Tracking Update – 1st Quarter 2017 Spending Hits and Misses

If you are anything like the “old” me, tracking your expenses is easily comparable to nails on a chalkboard.  I had seriously dreaded the entire experience of analyzing my 2016 expenses and procrastinated like the best of them.  What’s changed?  Peace of mind about where my hard-earned cash disappeared to last year and a concrete plan on what I don’t want to waste my cash on again this year.  Being new to the world of expense tracking, continue reading…

Financial Muse Piggy Bank Budgeting

Budgeting – Be your money’s boss

It is budgeting time!  Now, you might ask yourself why.  After all, you did just work yourself through last year’s spending and set up your expense tracker for this year.  Good job on that by the way 🙂 If all this sounds like a foreign language to you, start here and here! To get the most out of your hard work, today we will set up a budget to go along with our monthly expense continue reading…

Financial Muse expense tracking excel templates

Expense Tracking Excel Templates – Unleash the Rockstar in You

Money talks and it is time to have it stop saying “goodbye”.  How?  Via expense tracking Excel templates, which will help you keep your money in-house vs. it flying out the door without you realizing until the door slams shut. Last week we mused about tracking our spending and what surprises can await when totaling up last year’s expenses.  Start here to read the first post and come back to follow it up with this one. continue reading…

Financial Muse Expense Tracking

Expense Tracking – more exciting than you think

The key to financial success seems to be knowing where you spend your money.  No-brainer, right?  Well, this particular CPA doesn’t participate in the exciting world of expense tracking … until now.  Shocking, I know. Thinking back, expense tracking was never a much-stressed topic while growing up.  Quite frankly, it wasn’t a topic at all.  My parents didn’t track their expenses and it certainly wasn’t a subject taught in school no matter how much I’d continue reading…