Three Behavioral Traits That Show Your Bugdget Needs a Fresh Start

Because many times people can get emotional about money, it is easy to make plans for the month on paper but, the minute one gets the money to do what is written on paper we forget and go back to the same unorganized ways of doing things.

If there’s an area to be discipline in our lives, is our finances. When we hurt financially, it is at times difficult to perform and even of greater difficulty to be the blessing God called us to be.

Keep in mind that scripture tells us the reason for possesions.

I cannot stress enough the importance of discipline with a budget and the ability to be good stewards. God is trusting us with little things let us be Faithful.

Your budget needs a fresh start

1. If you are not giving off the top.

If you want to get results with your money, you have to give. It’s as simple as that. When you give off the top of a well-managed budget, you may be surprised to find living on less can actually feel like you have more. That’s because managed money works harder. Charitable givingshould always be the first line on your monthly budget. Read Giving

2. If you are spending too much in one cathegory

Are you spending half your budget on takeout? Straighten out your spending by giving each budgeted category a specific percentage. Remember we recommend 10–15% for food , 25–35% on housing, 10–15% in savings, and 10–15% on charitable giving. And make sure your entire monthly budget—including clothing, transportation, insurance and entertainment—equals 100%. No matter what! We show you exactly how to do this on our Teachable online course you can access it here

3. If you are using the same budget every month.

Because there’s no such thing as “the perfect month,” a one-size-fits-all budget won’t cut it. You have to make a new budget every single month. It’s fine to look at last month’s budget for direction, but expenses change with the seasons. Set aside a specific time to review and revise your budget before the month begins and stop expecting an old plan to work for new expenses. Having good intentions with your money is a step in the right direction, but it won’t get you far. Reevaluate your budget and fix the areas that aren’t working. It’s never too late for a fresh start. Read budget

If you’re not sure where to start with zero-based budgeting or how to manage your money, check out our website www.redtogreeneconomy.com we got a lot of resources to help you.

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FREE Online Personal Finance Class

FREE Personal Finance classes with me! Our awesome community partner @hamptoninn from Perland Tx. Is sponsoring a five weeks The Power of Your Personal Finance course with me and written by us @ Red to Green Economy. Space is limited and spots are filling up VERY QUICKLY, so don’t hesitate to RSVP! YOU CAN CONTACT US AND SIGN UP FOR THIS FREE SERIES HERE www.redtogreeneconomy.com/contact Sign – up rules you have not taken this online series with us before. By signing up you agree to finish this course. Sessions will be held on Thursdays 6:00 -7pm

You might or you might have not seen this announcement on all our social media networks.

We’re beyond excited to share this wonderful news with you, our first class is tomorrow Thursday July 27th 2017.

There are still 5 spots available contact us for info at www.redtogreeneconomy.com/contact

In this course you will receive:

1. A FREE copy of our own Red to Green Economy E-book available @ Barnes & Noble or on our website @ www.redtogreeneconomy.com/shop for only $8.00

2. A FREE copy of our Red to Green Economy Worksheets Kit also available at our website for only $5.00

3. A FREE copy of our Teachable Online course The Power Of Your Personal Finance also available on our website @ www.redtogreeneconomy.com/services

In this course you will learn how to interact with your money and how to use it for your advantage. This is a step by step guide that will provide you the necessary tools to understand the power of personal finances. our main goal is to put you in charge and help you win with your money by setting achievable goals by creating a budget that works for you , we are with you every step of the way. $15.00

4. Five FREE consultation sessions with me each value on $65.00 our consultation service consist of:

Helping you come up with the perfect plan to get you back on track financially and help you devise a clear easily workable method to tackle your debt. In a typical Red to Green Economy Consultation, we will: Help you create a household budget and teach you the tools you need to help you adhere to that budget.Help you find extra money you did not know you had when you work your budget.Teach you the different debt payoff plans and help you identify which one works best for you.Help you set short term and long term financial goals and help you plan out how you are going to achieve each of themHelp you to identify areas in your finances where you may be weak and teach and motivate you to make small changes that will help you to become stronger.Help you understand the importance of accountability in order to win with your moneyAnswer any financial questions you may have that lie within our expertise. Each Consultation comes with two 1-hour sessions. For those that are outside of Houston, this will be a virtual Consultations via (Face Time, WhatsAap, imo, Google Hangouts, or Skype).

5. An invitation to our private Fabook group where you will meet our growing community people that are in the same journey as you to better their finance.

6. A friend and accountability partner, it is my desire and asignment to help you bring out of you and find your purpose in life.

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HOW TO LIVE AN ABOVE AVERAGE LIFE ON YOUR TERMS

Even though no one sets out to become broke. A loan here and there, a bad investment here and there, and a couple hundred swipes of the credit card later—we’re busted, and we have no idea how we landed in this state. I look back at my life a few years back age …. and wondering how I got there? Totaly out of control hoping for things to get better, I had to take a hard look at my situation and had to make changes. For me staying the same was harder than the decision to change.
You don’t have to be living out of your car to be broke.

Broke is living paycheck to paycheck with no savings intact. Broke is being in debt up to your eyeballs. Broke is buying a brand-new $35,000 car because you can “afford” the monthly payments but not having enough in your bank account to cover a $1,000 emergency.

The funny thing is, we live in a society that calls this type of living normal.

Because of my decisions and where they took me we learned and we don’t do normal here. I decided to become weird. You want to break the mold and live like no one else? Here are some action steps you can take to turn the tide.

Live on Less Than You Make




This is non-negotiable, let others be wreckless, careless, and pretenders with their money not you, take a look at your take-home pay and outgo each month. Make a monthlyzero-based budget and you might be surprised by how much extra dough is slipping through your hands.

Grab that money and tell it where to go. You will start to feel like you’ve just given yourself a raise! Read The Sectret to Saving Money

Create a Game Plan

Take consistent steps to stay in your budget. Go over your budget every week, make your short, mid, and long term goals as part of your budget. Your short term goals should be achieve within a year. Your mid term goals 2 to 5 years. And your long term goals 5 to 10 years. Read Budgets are Designed to Help You Win

Increase Your Income
Look for side jobs you can pick up—dog walking, delivering pizza, freelancing. Or is there overtime available at work you could take on? Maybe it’s even time to get up the guts to ask your boss for a raise.

If you feel like you’ve reached the end of the road in your current field, consider looking at new career paths that may generate more income.
Read 10 Ways to Make Money on Your Spare Time





Begin With the End in Mind

Instant gratification will get you into trouble time and time again. If your potential purchase isn’t in the budget, back away slowly. Remember that making minor sacrifices now will pay off in the long run. Know what your end goal is, and then go after it!

Do the Math

A stay-at-home parent could consider going back to work, but look at the potential income versus the expense. Would day care costs rival the income amount of the new job? Be sure to crunch the numbers and see where you land. And don’t forget the things that can’t be seen in monetary value, like health care benefits, company reimbursements/discounts and other perks.
Be proactive! If you aren’t satisfied with your current situation, take a practical step forward. Submit your resume for that ideal job you’ve been dreaming about . Sell the car . Open your eyes to the need for change and then make it happen! Consider starting your own business and more importantly stay on top of your number but be consistent. Read Why You Need to Become a DIY Hero

Top Financial Challenges For Women 

 

 

 

 

 

 

far from trying to stereotype women, we just want to share few of the top financial challenges women face in today’s society, disadvantages that women need to be aware of when dealing with money matters. Again we’re not trying to stereotype women, each woman is unique and possesses the ability to soar and be a world class influential woman.

let’s dive in!

1. Wage Gap– on average, women earn less than men. Why that gap exists is a matter of often-heated debate, but the fact of its existence isn’t disputed.

 

 

  • What to do– While the wage gap is a subject for society as a whole to address, in the short term, individual women need to focus on money management and budgeting. A very particular trait in women is the ability to focus and multi task. Learning and developing new skills, one of the best ways of facing the wage gap challenge for women is by consistently tracking spending in writing. Skills are learned so this is one skill all women should learn tracking all spending, and using the collected data to create a new written budget. See our budgeting article

 2. Price Gapproducts designed exclusively for women are more expensive than those meant for men, women’s clothing is more likely to need dry cleaning, and women have to purchase things like cosmetics that men don’t use. All of these expenses add up to a hefty price gap between the genders. Studies have also shown that women’s health care is more expensive than men’s, even when exhibiting the same symptoms, not surprise!




  • What to do– Again, budgeting is key. Comparison shopping is also a must. There are all kinds of great apps or even store websites that can be use for comparison with the idea of saving money. The number one form of overspending isn’t buying on impulse, it’s paying too much for things. So look at your necessary spending and see if there’s anything you’re paying too much for that can be bought cheaper from another source, or in bulk. See our 10 ways of to make extra money article

3. Long-Term Care some of these categories seem especially unfair, in that they represent admirable qualities that nevertheless result in financial challenges for women. A Princeton study found that women are twice as likely as their male siblings to end up caring for an elderly parent. And a study from the Journal of Applied Gerontology found that women are more likely to be displaced from the workforce when providing long-term care.

  • What to do– The best solution is to plan well ahead of time, it is always a good idea to add a long term care insurance  tab to your budget planning when you start thinking that it might be necessary in the coming years. The fact that is in your mind, and you are concern about it tells that you might want to start planning for it before is too late.  Put a small percentage aside on your budget and get ready so that you’re able to get long-term care insurance to meet this need when the time comes. Every family situation is different, but if you think this kind of situation is likely, that insurance is more likely to be worth it. And your whole family needs to come together and decide if they are going to buck the trend and share care giving responsibilities equally among siblings just make sure is on writing as a contract, not that you don’t trust your family but, people tend to agree to this type of things and many times fail to deliver leaving the responsibility to a single individual to deal with. See our the secret to savings article

4.Charity – another category that turns a positive into a challenge; women are more likely to give to charity than men, and on average they donate more.




  • What to do– Donating to worthy charities and those that are concistent with your values is great, so we’d only caution you to make charitable giving part of your written spending plan so you don’t go overboard.  You can’t give what you don’t have, do not over promise and do not let anyone bully you or manipulate you into giving. Set a percentage of your income in your budget for giving and stick to it. Do not write checks by Faith to bounce back and get charge for overdraft knowing that there’s no money in your account. Doing that won’t help you or the causes you support. Think of when you’re on an airplane; they tell you in an emergency to put the breathing mask on yourself first, before helping anyone else. The same principle applies here. You’re no good to charities or the needy if you can’t make ends meet yourself. Follow your budget and give as you can, your priority is working your money plan so that you, your family and the people you love and wantvto help can benefit, so make giving a top priority in your budget and give accordingly. See our why giving article

4. Education– yet another positive trend that ends up costing women more money. These days, women are more likely to attend college than men. That’s good—it’s part of how society is addressing the wage gap—but with tuition costs skyrocketing in recent decades, today’s graduates are left with hefty student loan debt.

  • What to do– Student loans are a huge headache for graduates and a huge business for financial institutions everywhere in America, Student loans sees no gender it affects men and women alike. see our How to pay for college without using student loans article




 

What other financial challenges you think women are facing today?

If you’ve got difficulties with your finances in general we’re here to help. Contact us today @ www.redtogreeneconomy.com or @ getinfo@redtogreeneconomy.com

The Silliest Thing I Did to Pay Off Debt

What’s the craziest, silliest thing you ever did to pay off debt ? Well me personally? You’ll probably laugh at this one but hey I’m debt FREE! And I’m going to share it anyway.

I’m seriously terrified of being in debt. Like seriously, seriously.

Growing up, I was told by  one of my aunts if you can’t buy things cash don’t buy them, you don’t need them. I took her philosophy seriously and I’ve done my best to stay out of debt as much as possible but, few years ago my husband and I were $47,000.00 in debt, we did everything in power to pay off our debt quick. It took us three to four years just on his income, one of the craziest things I did was collecting pennies, my mom would have a small bucket ready for me at least twice a month, those pennies were worth anywhere from $15 to $40 each time, I also picked up every penny I saw lying on the ground. It was crazy but our debt was getting paid.




 

Maybe you’re in debt today, it doesn’t matter how big or small, here are some tips of other things we did that might help you.

Step One – Get Together A List Of Every Debt You Have

The first step to pay off your is to know every debt you owe. This can be a bit overwhelming, but it is a necessary first step.

We started by pulling our free credit report from AnnualCreditReport.com, the only place where you get 100% free credit reports as authorized by federal law. You can pull your credit report from all three bureaus if you wish or you can simply pull one report from each bureau every 4 months if you want to monitor your credit for fraud. Either way, you’re entitled to one report from each bureau (Experian, Transunion and Equifax) per year.

This report will show you a list of all of the debts that you owe other than loans from friends and family. The balances owed may be a month off if your creditor hasn’t reported your most recent payment, but it will give you the big picture of who you owe money to.

Once you have this list of who you owe money to, it’s time to dig deeper to get the rest of the information you’ll need.

Step Two – Find Out Everything About The Debts You Owe

Now that you have a list of who you owe money to, it’s time to figure out everything else about your debt. Here’s a list of what you’ll need to know about every debt you owe:


      • Exact amount you owe
      • Payment amount
      • Frequency of payment (monthly, quarterly, etc)
      • How many payments left (if fixed term debt such as a mortgage, student loan or car loan)
      • Interest rate and whether it is fixed or variable
        • If variable, what the rate is based on (prime rate, LIBOR, etc)




    • Due dates
    • Grace period (if applicable)

    Where do you get this information? To find out how much you owe, check your most recent statements.

    For everything else, you’ll need to do a little bit of digging. For loans, check the loan documents you signed. If you can’t find the loan documents, try calling the creditor or log in to their website and check your account details.

    For credit cards, check the terms you agreed to when you signed up for the card. You may also be able to find this information online after you log in to your account on the credit card’s website. If you’re having trouble understanding the terms, call the number on the back of your credit card. A representative will be more than happy to help you.

    Step Three – Assess Your Debt Situation

    It’s time to look at the big picture now that you’ve figured out all the details on every debt you owe. It probably won’t be fun and it could be just plain ugly, but you have to do it to move forward.

    First, add up the total amount of debt you owe. The number may be scary but we’re going to work on knocking it down, so don’t worry too much yet.

    Next, take the amount of all of your monthly payments and add them up. This the minimum amount of money that you owe on your debt every month. Again, this can be overwhelming, but you’ll be able to knock this down as you pay off your debts one at a time.

    Step Four Choose a Debt Pay-Off Plan

    There are a few different debt pay off plans you can choose from.

    The snowball method requires you to list your debts from smallest to largest and pay them off in that order. You pay all of your minimum payments and throw everything else toward the smallest bill. This is a great method for anyone looking for instant motivation and is the method I used when I had credit card debt.

    Check out The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

     The second method is the debt avalanche. With this method you’re paying off your debts from largest to smallest interest rate, therefore saving money over the long run. (You’re still making minimum payments on everything else.)

    There is no right or wrong way to go. The method you choose will depend upon your personality.

    Step Five Trow Extra Cash at Your Debt When Possible

    Chances are sometime in the year you will get a bonus or a raise or at the very least a tax refund. When you do, don’t spend it. Use it to pay off debt.

    The tax refund is easy. Just use the entire thing to pay off a credit card or apply to student loans. The same goes for any bonus you may receive at work. Often, these come during the holidays, so don’t be tempted to spend the money on gifts.




    Chances are everyone in your life already has everything they truly need.

    As for a raise, have the extra money immediately put in another bank account. You can then dip into this money every few months and use it as a lump sum to pay off debt. If you do it this way, you’ll never miss the money in the first place.

    Step Six Have a Garage Sale

     Most people have houses or apartments full of unwanted or unneeded items. Now is a great time to sell them. Whether you want to throw them up on Ebay or Craig’s list or have a yard sale, get them out of your house and free up some room. You’ll also end up with extra cash in your pocket that you can use to pay off your debt. When it comes to how to pay off debt quickly, this is one of the easiest ways. If you don’t think you have anything to sell, look again.

     

    Also, don’t forget that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, so don’t assume no one would want to give you money for that ugly Christmas sweater or that vase you got as a wedding gift ten years ago from Aunt Judy that you’ve always hated.

    Step Seven Find an Extra Job

    This is absolutely fine I’m sure you are busy enough but don’t dismiss this idea your goal is to get out of debt and get your peace of mind. Even a few hours a week can provide you with a decent amount of cash to use to pay off debt, and when it comes to how to pay off debt quickly, sometimes we have to do things we don’t really want to do.

    If you use all of this second income to pay your debt, you’ll see a huge difference quickly.

    Make sure this second job is something that is stress-free. This is especially important if you have a stressful full-time job. The job doesn’t need to be glamorous and while you might not love it, just keep in mind that a little short-term extra work will pay off big sooner than you realize.

    Step Eight Work Overtime

    If you have decided one job is plenty, thank you very much, then instead of finding a second one or creating one for yourself, check with your employer to find out if you can get some overtime work.

    The advantage here is you already work there and you know the lay of the land, so to speak. If your company is short handed, then they will be thrilled to help you out and might even give you a raise in the long run for being a team player.

    Step Nine Start a Side Business

    While this is related to a second job, in my humble opinion it is a little better because you’ll be working for yourself. When a lot of people think of a side hustle they think of working online and that’s certainly an option.

    However, if you’re not the kind of person that is tech savvy or you don’t like to write, then don’t forget about everything you can do offline.

    For example, you can make money doing almost anything. You can mow lawns, deliver groceries, clean houses, the list is endless. The great thing about this is you can choose your own hours and how much you




    Step Ten Don’t Forget to Get Creative and Enjoy Your Debt FREE Life.

    Have some creativity, chances are you’re good at something. If you work on your craft and get creative you will achieve your dream of living a debt free life. Op out from receiving offers in your mailbox

    Nothing is more annoying than pulling up to your mailbox after a long day of work and finding it filled to the brim with junk mail credit card offers. Every day, credit card companies fill up our mailboxes with needless junk that is immediately rerouted to the shredder or trash can. But here’s great news: You can make them stop! It’s actually very easy to stop receiving unsolicited junk mail credit card offers. All you need to do is visit optoutprescreen.com, type in your information, and you’ll stop receiving these offers for five years. Or, if you use traditional mail to send in the form, you can opt out for 10 years.

     

    It’s simple. No more credit card junk mail for you, no more wasted time for your mailman, and no more overheated shredders and filled-to-the-brim trash cans.

    Don’t forget to live within or bellow your means, this is so important not just while you’re on your debt free journey but always. That’s how you’ll be able to enjoy peace of mind and even build wealth.

    What’s been the craziest thing you’ve done to pay off debt?

    Also while you are here download a free copy of our 45 Practical Ways to Save Money Every Day E-book.

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    Passive Income from your phone

    few weeks ago my friend Simple Ula shared this cool post on her blog related to in my opinion to passive income, I personally love the idea of having passive income as a way of making money, and for that I also use couple of apps that help me generate the passive income without too much effort. As an example I use ibotta and it’s the coolest thing ever the rewards are phenomenal. So, I decided to check out these lockscreen Ads and I am so glad I did. So, here it is check it out. What to do so we won’t do anything, but we will earn some money?

    I’m going to write for you about the ways of creating some passive income from your phone and today I’m going to write about lockscreen ads.

    You won’t make a full time income from it, but you’ll, for sure, make some of the so claim passive income. They’re free to download so why not, right?

     

    At the very beginning, I was pretty skeptic about it and also worried that it will slow down my phone, but nothing like that happened, fortunately. That’s why I’m happy to share it with you guys :).

    With both of these ways below, you can withdraw your money through PayPal or if you want, you can get a gift card to amazon, Starbucks, Ebay, etc.

    1. Slidejoy 

    This app puts adds on your lockscreen and all you have to do is just swipe to the left before you use your phone (if you have some code on your phone, the code will go next, nothing changes). No clicking on the add, no nothing and it also doesn’t matter how much you use your phone. Just as simple as it sounds and it pays you (by giving you points) just for having adds on your lockscreen on your phone. It takes for me half a second to get rid of it to use my phone normally Believe me, it’s very easy to (download it here) and to use it. You can also do surveys to get some extra money, which you can cash out through Slidejoy.

    2. Fronto

    It is an alternative to which works basically the same as Slidejoy. You can download it here and if you use my referral code: yadiz , we both will get 1,250 points so how amazing it would be for you to start this app with already some extra points on your account (to be honest I wish I had a referral code from someone when I downloaded it). It only takes another half of a second for me to get rid of it and “get to” my phone as normal. You can also do surveys on this app, just like on  Earn up to $7500 for one sale!

    href=”http://getslidejoy.com/r2/e3pszDBsQqgmtzo8GQaFhg”>Slidejoy .

     Slidejoy has better reviews, but for me they’re both great and I have them both on my phone, why not, when you can get some extra coffee or green tea latte for free a month or collect all this money and save it for a purchase on Amazon whenever you’re ready :).

    Unfortunately both of these apps work only on Android, sorry Iphone owners. I’m sure Iphone also  has some cool ways of generating some passive income. 

    Red to Green Economy E-book

     
    Happy Mother’s Day!

    I couldn’t think of a better idea to share this Mother’s Day Weekend. I hope my new E-book somehow encourages you. I have an incredible number of beautiful women that have inspired me through the years.

    As a think of each of them my friends and relative moms or potential moms I think of all the things a woman can endure and I am grateful to my Heavenly Father for his love and kindness for allowing us women to be overcomes, I look back at my own life story and I smile but at the same time I feel how God has use every single event, and every single setback as a blessing.

    Some of us women don’t look like what we been through.

    Yep! You know it and I repeat some of us women don’t look like what we been through. But God!

    Humbly, I thought of writing this post to give back some inspiration the the women that have inspired me too many to mention but if you’re a women and you are reading this post I am talking to you.

    For every setback in my life God have had a come back plan. One of those come backs for me has been in the form of my new E-book, I hope you feel encourage to read it but at the same time be encourage to follow your passion.

    I wanted to take the opportunity this Mother’s day to dedicate to you my E-Book Red to Green Economy. Tittle after my consulting business.

    It all started with the desire to live a life that can impact others and can be impacted by others. I realized today that God can use anything. And that always been my prayer. If you can use anything Lord you can use me.

    I went from struggle to struggle and people telling me I can’t do something or even people trying to tell me I need to do this or that to be successful to following my heart.

    You’ve always heard others say that you must follow your passion and if you’re like me the question stands how do you do that?

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    But since I been bless with the gift of motherhood I find that as a woman and as a mother our biggest why are our children.

    So my hope and prayer is that when you see me or think of me you can say if she can do it, if she can write an E-book or more than just one E-book several of them.  I know that I know that I know that I can do it.

    Whatever dreams or business ideas you have I hope I can inspired you to pursue it. I am nothing special, and many times I feel like quitting then I remember how hard it is and then if I quit I will have to do this over and over again so the answer I give myself is if you want to stop failing then you need to stop quitting.

    I see my beautiful daughter Victoria, I see my amazing husband, my friends and family I want to make them, I want to make you proud and that is enough motivation to continue. And the fact that I know and you should know that God can turn all of your setbacks into blessings. 

    God bless you! You can find my E-book on my website www.redtogreeneconomy.com or by visiting https://payhip.com/b/wtez

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    What dreams do you have and what motivates you to press on?

    Please share your thoughts and share this article with a woman or women in your life you love. Connect with us on social media we’d love to hear from you.