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    How do you monitor your financials?

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    DH and I haven't established ourselves in that area yet...I'm currently trying to make that happen soon. I'm thinking about using the Quicken software, because I know I will need something to help me out. Have you guys ever used it? Was it complicated?
    Or do you have other ways of keeping track/budgeting and saving?

    We want to be able to get better housing, prepare for a baby and so on.

    Any help is appreciated. We covered a lot of financial advice last night in my COMPASS class, so I have the basics, just not sure how to go about doing it.
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    I personally enjoy using excel. You can find a bunch of templates such as budgets and savings as well as a cash ledger for excel.
    I also made up a sheet for what bills were due each month and printed it out so that DH and I could check up on each other to make sure that the bills were paid and when.
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    I keep a budget notebook to track my finances. I manually divide up my checking account into categories, and each payday I "deposit" a certain amount of money into each category. And I try not to let myself overspend for each category. I don't have any huge expenses like mortgage or anything yet though so
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    Quote Originally Posted by foreverandalways View Post
    I keep a budget notebook to track my finances. I manually divide up my checking account into categories, and each payday I "deposit" a certain amount of money into each category. And I try not to let myself overspend for each category. I don't have any huge expenses like mortgage or anything yet though so
    I do pretty much the same thing, except that I actually have separate accounts. I have one checking account that is only for bills, one that is for necessities (gas and food and toilet paper), and one that is for spending money, one savings account that is for Christmas/birthday presents, one that is general savings, and one that is for specific savings (like saving for a trip or some large purchase).
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    I use Mint.com, its worked wonders for our family. Check it our maybe you'll like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by navywife418 View Post
    I use Mint.com, its worked wonders for our family. Check it our maybe you'll like it.
    I have an account all set up...it's extremely confusing to me...
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    You have to buy quicken?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trollbie View Post
    You have to buy quicken?
    Yeah, you do...it kind of seems worth it though? IDK. I'm a money retard...I need something to help me along.
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    My bank has a free "track your spending" thingy that Quicken made that I started using recently. I also use Excel. I would honestly suggest just using Excel. It is easy to use. If you need any help setting it up, or anything, just let me know. : )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abigail View Post
    Yeah, you do...it kind of seems worth it though? IDK. I'm a money retard...I need something to help me along.
    I'm probably a bigger money turd than you. I definitely need something as well. But I can't afford it

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