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Author: FBCinvestor Three stars, 500 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 311074  
Subject: Re: Should I be looking for another CU to bank w Date: 12/5/2011 10:23 AM
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I used to live every month -- especially the last week of the month -- in fear of a math error causing an accidental overdraft. I was constantly shifting bills around before or after payday to try to cover running out of money at the end of the month. Then I started using budgeting software called YNAB (You Need A Budget). One of the concepts it teaches is to budget and spend last month's income instead of this month. It takes a while to build up a bank balance large enough to do that, but SOOOOOO worth it. I no longer stress out about overdrafting because I know the money for the current bills is already in the bank.

Now I still need to learn how to stick to the budget and stop going over, especially in certain categories that I consistently plan to spend X but seem to always end up spending X + $75... That is the current stress point in my life that I would love to resolve.
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