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How My Two-Year-Old Started Budgeting

It’s only natural that we YNABers want to teach our kids about budgeting. But how do we do it? How early do we start? What if we do it wrong? This is so stressful!  Well, happily, we have no shortage of advice on this topic. Jesse even wrote a whole chapter in the YNAB book …
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How Budgeting Was the Secret to Finally Quit Smoking

Melissa Schultz has smoked for as long as she can remember. Despite wanting (and trying!) to quit smoking for years, nothing had worked. One day, it finally clicked. She told us her story. Melissa’s Story I’ve been a smoker for over 20 years—I started my senior year of high school. It’s always in the back …
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5 Budgeting Habits to Win in YNAB

In the world of YNAB, we have a few things that are the budgeting equivalents of “drink water, sleep more, eat kale” and we wanted to pass along these bits of advice to help you get moving in the right direction and fast-track your success:  1. Budget Together For couples, it comes as no surprise …
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The Digital Nomad’s Guide to Budgeting in Different Currencies

If you ask me, taking a break from YNAB while traveling is like deciding not to take your passport. Being in a foreign country is one of the worst times to be ignoring your finances. So why do people do it? Most of the time, it’s because of the complexities of dealing with different currencies. …
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Next Level Budgeting: Category Groups and Groceries

Our refrigerator died yesterday. Slowly. While we were away all day. We didn’t realize it until this morning. So I’ve been thinking about saving money on groceries while I bag and discard a lot of spoiled food. Goodbye pork tenderloin and frozen bananas, farewell ice cream and yogurt—it was fun while it lasted! One thing …
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Next Level Budgeting: Category Groups and Vacations

I set my lunch down on the table in the airport food court and thought “$28 for a turkey sandwich, a small bag of apple chips and bottled water? What is this food made out of, gold???”. I vowed that next time we traveled I’d grocery shop beforehand, make sandwiches and be more prepared. I …
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What's Your Budgeting Personality?

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How Kate Overcame Budgeting Guilt and Found Peace in the Process

Kate, a reporter and host for Michigan Public Radio, is no stranger to budgeting. After all, her mother, Sherri, is one of YNAB’s fantastic workshop teachers. But that doesn’t mean good budgeting habits came easily. If ever there were someone who embodied the spirit of the phrase, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, …
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5 Budgeting Lessons We Can Learn from Mary Poppins

When the original Mary Poppins was released in 1964, Mary famously insists: “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun. You find the fun—and snap!—the job’s a game.” Truer words have never been spoken. And, I think we’ve all felt like the Banks children at some point or another: skeptical …
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