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Rule One

Give Every Dollar A Job

The secret is just to be intentional about what you want your money to do before you spend it. (Have we given away the secret sauce?) Take only the money you have on hand and ask yourself, “What should this money do before I’m paid again?” With just four simple steps, you’ll begin to take back control.

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    Connect your bank accounts to YNAB so you know exactly how much money you’re working with.

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    Set up your spending categories (you’ll start with defaults to 
get going faster)

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    Put money into those spending categories. Every dollar counts.

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Rule Two

Embrace Your True Expenses

Imagine a big bill coming in and… you just pay it. No fuss, no muss. While it’s important that you decide what you want your money to do now, it’s more important to realize that some of your money now needs to be used for large expenses down the road.


Think of a few large, less-frequent expenses (insurance, Christmas, braces), how much they’ll cost, and when they’ll happen.


Set a goal in YNAB for those expenses. We’ll help you determine how much you need to save every month in order to be ready. No stress necessary.

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Rule Three

Roll With The Punches

We can’t believe this has to be a rule, because, of course, when you need to change your budget, just change it. That’s what rolling with the punches means. No guilt. No hand-wringing. It’s a halftime adjustment. A chess grandmaster adapting to an opponent’s silly mistake.

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    First, spend more than you budgeted (in your Eating Out category, obviously). Bam. You nailed that one.

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    Look through your budget and find a category (or several) with some extra funds. Use those extra funds to cover your overspending from Eating Out.

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    Look at that. You're still budgeting. You didn't fail.

Rule Four

Age Your Money

We don’t want you stressed. So work toward spending money today that you’ve earned at least a month ago. It’ll change your life. You won’t have to time bills with paychecks. You may start forgetting when your actual payday is. You’ll be living far, far away from the financial edge. And it will feel great.

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Remember, budgeting is not restrictive. You won’t be spending less, you’ll be spending right. You can do this! Today. Right now. What do you have to lose? Except all that debt and stress. (Ok, so kind of a lot.)

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