Managing Where Your Money Goes
In This Chapter
Understanding why people overspend
Assessing your spending
Tracking your expenses via “free” websites
As a financial counselor, I’ve worked with people who have small incomes, people who have six-figure and even seven-figure incomes, and everyone in between. At every income level, people fall into one of the following three categories:
People who spend more than they earn (accumulating debt)
People who spend all that they earn (saving nothing)
People who save 2, 5, 10, or even 20 percent (or more!)
I’ve seen $40,000 earners who save 20 percent of their income ($8,000), $80,000 earners who save just 5 percent ($4,000), and people earning well into six figures annually who save nothing or accumulate debt.
Suppose that you currently earn $50,000 per year and spend all of it. You may wonder, “How can I save money?” Good question! ...