Category Budgeting

How much does health insurance cost? (Part III of IV)

This is Part III in a series called Health Insurance for the Self-Employed: When doing what you love doesn’t come with health insurance. The posts in this series focus on the importance of health insurance and finding, evaluating, and enrolling in individual health insurance. I’ll also discuss strategies to save money and different ways to […]

Change how you track expenses as often as you change your goals

I don’t have a budget. It just didn’t work for me (but that’s not to say they wouldn’t work for others). Instead, I track my expenses without imposing firm limits on myself. Here’s how I got started: In 2007, I started getting serious about personal finance. It was my senior year of college. I had […]

What is a normal food budget?

A few months ago, I found this simpleĀ calculator on Mother Jones. It compares your food spending budget to what others in your city or in your age group are spending. It also shows you how the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) categorizes your spending. I entered my numbers and here’s what I learned: See […]