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Entries in money management (2)

Thursday
Oct292015

Easy and Free Tools to Help Students Budget

In addition to the pressures of academic requirements, job searches, and personal relationships, many students also feel financial stress; we have more money leaving our bank accounts than going into them.

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Tracking expenses is the first step toward budgeting and financial planning. It’s important to know exactly where you’re spending your elusive money, and the results may surprise you. Getting an occasional coffee at Courtyard Café or a late-night pizza can certainly add up. Luckily, there are several easy and free ways to help monitor expenses:

  • Keeping a spending journal. Write down everything you spend for a month (or longer), and you’ll have a good idea of where your money is going. After that, you’ll be able to identify easy areas to save money (e.g., making coffee at home and bringing it to school, rather than a handful of visits to the coffee shop).
  • Mint.com. Sign up for a free account, and not only can you track your spending, but Mint will also suggest personalized savings tips. Other fun features include bill pay and free credit score checks.
  • LevelMoney. This app connects to your bank accounts and allows you more input into your saving and spending goals. After entering these goals, the app will track your purchases and tell you how much you have left to spend for a given period to stay on course.
  • PearBudget. Based off a simple Excel sheet, this website allows you to register for free with customized spending categories. You can export the Excel sheet for free, but after the first month trial period, an account with PearBudget costs $5 a month.
  • Free monthly spending trackers and credit reports from your credit card company. More credit card companies are helping their customers track their spending with spending analyzers in their monthly statements (e.g., Discover Card).
Wednesday
Apr232014

Online Money Management Resources

Family Budget Planner templateBy: www.ExcelTemplateSource.com

Having effective money management strategies can help reduce some of the stress that you may face in graduate school. Fortunately, there are online resources to help you manage your money.

In a recent MakeUseOf article, Ryan Dube shared 10 Google Drive Templates for Money Management. Using these well-designed templates, you can track your budget, calculate totals (e.g., total budget, total expenditures), and visualize your financial data. Also, since these templates are hosted on Google Drive, you can share them with your partner or significant other so that you can manage your money together. 

To download any of these templates:

  • Login to Gmail
  • Go to Google Drive Templates: https://drive.google.com/templates
  • Search for the name of the template (e.g., "Family Budget Planner")
  • Click on the template to view it
  • Click "Use this template" (top left corner of the screen)