What is Financial Freedom Anyway?

It’s interesting how elusive something can be if you don’t have a good definition for it. For instance, lots of people want financial freedom, but what exactly is it? Some see it as a vague goal or distant dream. Others think financial freedom is only for an elite few. Financial freedom is a great concept, but can you define it and determine where you stand with respect to being financially free?

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Blogger Interview: MoneyCrush's Jackie Beck

Jackie Beck is an entrepreneur who started her first “business” in the 2nd grade. (She’s since moved on to iPhone apps.) Jackie writes about personal finance and reaching your goals at MoneyCrush. You can check out her blog at moneycrush.com or 'like' MoneyCrush on Facebook and/or follow MoneyCrush on Twitter.

Who are the people most supportive of your life goals? How are they helping?
My husband is the most supportive of my life goals -- along with the many random little things I get the urge to do. He helps by pointing out when I seem to be taking on too many things at once, and by believing in me. Sometimes he also literally helps to do some of the work, too. He also listens to me talk (often in great detail) about my interests and is a good sounding board.

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Money Management Tips for Organized Spending

file folder full of money My financial spring cleaning happens early in the year as I prepare to file taxes. That’s when I go through my folder that contains the various documents I’ve accumulated for tax time. If you’re like me, you’re not perfectly organized either. In fact, after reading about all the different accounts you need for financial...

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Money Management Tips for Simple Saving

Things that don’t come naturally or easily can be a challenge to keep up over time. Take saving, for instance. Saving is the key to going beyond just surviving and truly starting to thrive—but it’s not always easy! Savings provide security, freedom and the means to achieve life goals, so it’s best to build an engine that makes saving simple and automatic. That eliminates the struggle to get each dollar into your savings account. It takes some effort up front to set up, but the system I’ve outlined here requires minimal effort to maintain. You can set it and forget it until you’re ready to make a change.

You might recall from my recent blog Money Management Tips for Organized Spending that I’m doing a two-part series on organizing the accounts you use to Survive (spending accounts) and Thrive (saving and investing accounts). Today’s blog focuses on achieving simple saving with your Thrive accounts.

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Money Management Tips for Uneven Cash Flow

wooden rollercoaster We need predictability in our lives, because too many changes and surprises can be unsettling. Irregular income and out-of-the-ordinary expenses are two financial factors that can throw us off kilter—unless, that is, we learn how to manage the unpredictable rollercoaster of uneven cash flow.

Many people get steady paychecks for approximately...

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