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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MONEY & MARRIAGE – MARRIAGE & MONEY

Marriage And Money Challenges. Experts agree that finances can be the number one cause of marital strain. It’s understandable that financial struggles can cause strain because how people spend money is never just about the money — it reveals attitudes about what you value most; it reveals deeper character issues. These are some of the reasons blending financial habits can be very challenging.

Marriage can be what a couple decides it can be, there’s always the notion of differences in marriage for example in marriage one spouse can be a saver and the other one a spender, or maybe both spouses are savers, maybe both are spenders! Whatever the case may be There is hope! In this post, our goal is to provide great ideas to help you and your spouse make your marriage stronger by tackling the issue of money management in marriage.

MONEY MANAGEMENT STYLES A HUGE PIECE OF THE PUZZLE IS THE DIFERENCE IN MONEY MANAGEMENT STYLES.

It’s easy to forget that marriage is a commitment to forge a new life with another person. The lack of trust emerging from society has created prenuptial agreements and separate bank accounts in many marriages. These undermine the commitment to a shared life with a spouse and are contrary to biblical teachings. In marriage is not his money or her money. It is our money. Whenever financial issues begin to get out of hand in a marriage, the first thing to do is to pray about them. And in fact prayer should be a style of living we’re not getting into a sermon here but, life in marriage is easier when there is prayer involve. My husband and I pray about pretty much everything, specially when we are talking money and there is decision making involve. When we have to use money for something that’s not in our budget, we both pray overnight and by morning the next day we both are ready to make a move. Weather we decided to use our money or not. There is no substitute for God’s answer though. If prayer, time, and communication cannot help you then you might need help from a marriage counselor, which is usually recommended even before your marriage life begins. My husband and I went for counseling with my pastor before our marriage, he asked some great questions, gave us some great examples and advices that we still live by even to this day. So, don’t think that you only need a counselor when there’s a problem no, it is a blessing and a great idea to see one even before your life journey together begins. Find a counselor who is trained to help couples resolve issues diplomatically. The difference in money management styles:

1. The Morphostatic Style. These are people oriented to the present. They buy what they want now and don’t wait for a sale or even evaluate whether particular purchase is necessary. The Morphostatic style have inflexible standards—they simply want the best. They also tend to be fairly conventional in their buying and planning, operating by a set of rules it is the way they’ve always done it and as far as they’re concerned it is they way it’s going to be.

2. The Morphogenic Style, These are flexible people, wanting as many people as possible involved in the purchasing process. A Morphogenic person usually considers all of the possible consequences involved in a particular decision and takes considerable time to reach a conclusion. What happens when these different types marry? It isn’t hard to imagine some of the fights that could develop around financial issues.

Kim is tired, . She had no idea Tony mismanaged his money carelessly, he brought that behavior with him into their marriage. The debt, from student loans, to credit card, car note, and now his sport events. She didn’t know his needs and desires in marriage would be such a challenge. She and her husband had overcome many challenges, but their greatest ongoing problems surrounded money. Her spouse was a spender, she was a saver; she liked to balance the checkbook to the last penny, her husband hadn’t entered anything in the register in years. The result was numerous volatile eruptions and conflict that both she and her spouse wanted to avoid. It shouldn’t have been a surprise. Had they communicated and have a budget committee meeting monthly. The good is, they’re now taking the time to sit down and like we said before there is hope. Read budgets read budgets you may also want to read emergency fundsemergency funds plus our bonus FREE Online ClassesFREE Online Classes

Budget Committee Meeting Dave Ramsey THE SECOND PIECE TO THE PUZZLE LEARNING TO COMMUNICATE.

The concept of a budget committee meeting comes from Dave Ramsey, the goal is that both spouses put their differences aside and adopt a new set of values to improve and benefit their money management skills and marriage relationship. when couples learn to agree on their money and are determined not to let it drive them apart, they form a unity that is crucial for a successful marriage. The challenge in a marriage is to work through the different identities, ideals and values you each bring to the relationship. You win at marriage by losing your need to get your way in every battle. You get a happy marriage by giving up selfish desires in order to win together—you create shared visions and goals out of your own individual goals! The budget committee meeting also indicates that both spouses will share mutual interest towards their money therefore they both will value and respect each others input and ideas. t’s important that both spouses be involved with creating the monthly budget. The partner with the natural gift can prepare the budget, but the decision-making must be done by both of you. When you sit down with your spouse to have a budget committee meeting, there are three rules that each of you must follow. Rules for the nerd :Listen take input Keep it brief rules for the free spirit: Show up give input be realistic. Remember that opposites tend to attract in marriage, so work together for maximum wisdom. When you have a budget that reflects both of your goals and ideals, you will experience fabulous unity in your marriage. Dave’s powerful class, Financial Peace University, we highly recommend it is perfect for couples to strengthen their communication about money—even if they’re not in debt. Dave even focuses an entire lesson on how we relate with money in different ways. My husband and I have been through FPU it is a great tool that teaches you how to be better stewards of God’s blessings and how to handle money God’s way. When You Sit To Talk About Money:

• FIND COMMON GROUND Be willing to show empathy, be understandable, open minded and none judgmental or critical about your spouse or what happen in the past. You’re starting a new chapter in your lives you both should be willing to look forward to what’s ahead a what the future holds in store for you as a married couple.

• MAKE TIME TO TALK Don’t wait until your credit card is way over the limit and the ridiculous interest percentages blow over the roof or another hot financial issue happens to bring up the subject. The goal is to have a calm relaxed discussion when there’s no particular money issue at hand.

• TALK ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS Volunteer your own feelings about a financial issue men often have the inner pressure to be the providers at home, and the only thing they expect from their wife is respect. As a woman know how to talk to your husband with respect but also have or seek the wisdom and honestly share your hearth and how you truly feel with your husband and encourage him to do the same.

Women are often seeking a sense of security. I cannot describe in words, there isn’t enough words to express how I feel about not having enough to cover basic things. Money isn’t everything for a woman, but not having it can be a very stressful situation. When you get your money at the end of the month and are ready to work on the next month budget we suggest you first give God what is his, pay your tithes and use a percentage of your money to pay yourself before you pay anyone else. If paying yourself 10% of your income at first is too much, choose a reasonable percentage but do it, pay yourself first and get in that habit. After you have give God his portion and you have pay yourself cover your four walls. (Housing, food, utilities, and transportation) after you took care of your family needs pay everyone else. If you are deep in debt or maybe just in debt period follow our recommended debt pay off method check our website www.redtogreeneconomy.com for more information.

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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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BEING BROKE

 
No, money isn’t everything and you know what they say, money won’t bring you happiness. I say, neither will being broke.

I am not ashamed to admitted I’ve being dead broke and it ain’t funny. No, I am not a millionaire I’m a baler on a budget! I do not depend on my own strength or intelligence I trust and I depend completely on God, and by the grace of God I now know and understand that money don’t make one rich, financial education does. This kind of knowledge lead me to build an emergency fund and I do my very best to stay out of debt. (Refer to My Emergency Fund is a Blessing )

Proverbs 6:4- 5 Says, Give no sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids. Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, And like a bird from the hand of the Fowler.




I remember as it was yesterday, when a few years back in 2013 to be exact I got a letter from my bank saying that they shut all my accounts and that I owe them $20.00 insane I thought who do that? They said I most make a payment and if I want my accounts back I also needed to make a deposit. Yup! You might have never been in that position before. Creditors calling breathing down your neck, too much month at the end of the money, sick only at the end of the month when your rent is due. I been there broke, confused, and embarrassed asking myself how I got to that point.

But that’s not all, I’ve also been on the other side of the spectrum and I like it more. When money is not an issue, I am not a spender by nature, I don’t care much about brands and luxury handbags no, but I’m seriously terrified of being broke. Like seriously, seriously.

I’m one of those people that gets peace of mind from having a fully funded emergency fund and from having savings accounts that are tracking (on date) towards long term goals. Financial security is at the very top on my lists of priorities and goals. (Refer to The Secret to Saving Money )




I want to be able to pay my bills enjoy life and live comfortably with my family to me Having the right money mindset matters that is the reason why I’m committed to saving money in the form of paying myself just the way I pay my bills. I take paying myself as paying a bill. When I started saving though I could not afford to pay myself that way. I mended my errors I had an income problem I fixed it. Dave Ramsey says, a great place to go when you are broke is to work. I did that I am a certify teacher I guess I’m qualified to do something that can generate me some kind of income. I payed the bank, re-opened my accounts and here I am every penny matters to me I been to the point when all I put in my bank account is $1 yup again I’m not ashamed to admit it. Can’t be dollar smart if you’re not penny wise.

 For many people $1 is nothing since can’t buy you much of anything with it but I’m of the opinion that a little + a little + a little = a lot and me making even the small deposit to my savings account, made a difference in my bank account and I saw my account steadily growing over time.

Hey! “A little + a little + a little = a lot”

Not just that, making those consistent transfers and deposits no matter how small, helped me to solidify my savings habit and helped me get accustomed to making consistent transfers to my savings. It also helped improve my money mindset and the way I thought about my finances. I believed (and still believe) that I could save a ton of money and I’m well on my way.

If you don’t know how to start take it from me start little by little or do the 52 weeks money challenge 

 
The Money Challenge is a way to save by putting away a small amount of money each week. As the year progresses, your savings will gradually increase so that by the end of the year you will have saved $1,378! This challenge is perfect for paying off debt or even vacation planning. This could even be the start of your emergency fund! How does it work? It’s pretty simple. It’s all about saving a little more each week.

Deposit $1 on week 1

Deposit $2 on week 2

Deposit $3 on week 3

………. and so on!

While these are tiny amounts, as the chart above shows, they will add up quickly!

I’ve heard some say they actually put in more money at the start of the challenge and less at the end when money is tight for them.  I would suggest putting in more money when you have it to make up for the times when you might be low on funds. This will help you stay on track!



Are you ready to take the 52 Week Money Challenge? If so, I wish you the best of luck! Have fun with it! Share the Money Challenge with your friends and family as well!
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BUDGETS ARE DESIGNED TO HELP YOU WIN WITH MONEY

 

Unfortunately, the word budget has gotten a bad rap. It’s basically just a plan. When you budget, you’re spending with purpose, before the month begins. But many people view a budget as a straightjacket that keeps them from doing what they want. Freedom and budget just don’t seem to go together for them.

The truth is that budgets are designed to help you get traction and ultimately win with your money.

Your budget is your plan for the upcoming month. You’re planning the money you haven’t spent yet. When you keep receipts or use your online banking to see what you spent last month, you’re doing just that—looking at last month. Look forward and back—not just one or the other. If you’re already tracking your spending, the budget is just a natural next step. It should be easy for you.

And when you see that the way to spend money intentionally only works with a budget you will feel like a burden has been lifted off your shoulders and as a consecuence you will have freedom.

The number one excuse why most people don’t budget is that they have no time, and that is the same exact reason why they need to budget. You cannot afford not having a budget that will help you navigate through the days, months, and years successfully. So, you don’t have time to not have a budget, you need that and you want that. So, don’t go by what everyone else is doing or saying, have some standarts of your own and stay the course until you get the results you desire.

If this is your first budget, we want you to use pen and paper for few months and until you get to know your numbers swicht to electeonic. We recomend EveryDollar as you can download the app on any divice. By following this secuence many people say they’ve found “extra” money when they created a realistic budget and stuck with it.

 
Being realistic when you create your budget is key, as no two months are the same, and no two households are the same either.

Here are ten pointers for your first budget:

1. Budget to zero before the month begins. That means every dollar gets a name before you spend a dime of it.

2. If you’re married, you and your spouse need to do the budget together. Period. The preacher said ” . . . and you are one.” If you’re single, find someone who can act as your accountability partner.

3. Every month is different (think birthdays, vacations, car insurance, back-to-school supplies), so be sure to adjust your budget monthly.

4. As you’re budgeting, start with your most important categories first, like giving, housing, food, clothing, insurance and bills. Then, fill in the rest of your budget with your leftover cash.




5. If you’re in debt, paying that off should be a top priority. Use the debt snowballand the Dave Ramsey Baby Steps to focus your money where it has the most impact. If you need help in any of these categories: saving, budgeting, paying off debt including student loan and or mortgage we’re here to help you and will be with you every step of the way.

6. Don’t be afraid to make budget cuts. If your budget is tight, save money by canceling cable, eating out less, and shopping at a discount grocery store. You can always rearrange things next month.

7. If pen and paper (or spreadsheets) aren’t your thing, or you just don’t have them available contact us at www.redtogreeneconomy.com we can help you. You can also try Dave Ramsey’s free online budget tool,EveryDollar we use it and it is a great tool. You can make your budget and track your spending from the comfort of your smartphone! Plus, you can sync up your budget with your spouse.

8. Use the cash envelope system for as many budget categories as it makes sense. To get these again you can contact us at www.redtogreeneconomy.com and we can facilitate these to you. Our goal is to help you change your finances for the best. The envelope system is another great tool designed to help you. For example, keep paying for gasoline with your debit card, but get cash out for your fun money and clothing cash. Once your envelope is empty, stop spending! It’s the ultimate accountability partner.

9. Give yourself lots of grace. It usually takes three to four months to get this whole budgeting thing down pat. It won’t be perfect the first time, or the second. But you’ll get there!

10. Be content. You have much more than you realize. Don’t compare your situation to anyone else’s. Keep moving forward and doing what’s right for your family, remember to always give thanks 




When you are spending your money with purpose, you’ll be on the road to changing your family tree forever! Imagine your future (and your kids’ future) without money worries. That’s the beauty of a hardworking budget.

What tools are you currebtly using to create your budgets? Let us know; we’d love to hear fron you 

USE YOUR TAX RETURN TO START AN EMERGENCY FUND IF YOU DON’T HAVE ONE

 
If there’s anything to like about income tax season, it’s the potential to get a nice fat check from Uncle Sam in the form of an income tax refund. And if we overlook (for just a moment) that your refund was always your money, then the bigger the better, right?

This extra income can reduce the level of stress that comes with every day’s routine, many people use their tax refund to purchase new items, like things they need for the house, services, products, vacations, some even a new car etc…

How are you planning on using your tax return?

We want to encourage you to at least start your emergency fund if you don’t have one. Using your tax return for your emergency fund will protect you from those rainy days, and it will give you the peace of mind to focus on all other areas of your life specially that one of paying off debt, saving for your kids college education and even saving for retirement.

But if you really want to maximize your refund this year, you need to work with a tax pro to file your taxes. Here’s why:





In a survey of 2,000 taxpayers, we found that people who file their own taxes get an average refund of $1,824. That’s not bad, right?

Well, get ready for a heart breaker. We wish it was all good news but

People who worked with a tax expert to file their taxes received an average refund of $2,615! That’s $840 more than the average self-filer!

There are plenty of reasons why working with a pro can result in a higher refund, but it mostly boils down to tax know-how. An experienced tax professional can keep you from making the mistakes that cost millions of taxpayers nearly $1 billion in overpaid taxes every year.

The benefits of working with a professional aren’t all about the size of your refund check. You’ll save yourself the 13 hours the average self-filer spends researching the tax code, gathering documents, and filling out forms by having trusted professional do it for you get the most of your return and invest it wisely. At the end of the day you should do what’s convenient for you, but do seriously consider building your emergency fund right now.




THE # 1 LIE THAT WILL KEEP YOU IN DEBT

 

You ever had one of those days?

Yep! We all have!

The days when you can’t seem to get ahead with your money. Maybe you feel overwhelmed got into an argument with yourself thinking that nothing seen to be right. You’ve done everything known to man to get ahead and it’s just not happening.

The good news are you will! 

Yes, you’ll be fine!

The # 1 one of the top lies we tell ourselves about money, and life, is that we’re never going to make it. We’ll never get debt free, never be able to afford a house, never pay off the student loans, or retire comfortably.

But you will.





Now is a great time to refocus. If you’ve had some bumps in the road during the winter, let’s get things back together as we move closer to a new season. Your winter wont last forever, and so is your money issues, they wont last forever, but there are somethings you can do to make that happen specially as you remember that you will have growing pains as each stage of life will require a new you but if you refocus and make changes now it will be worth it.

Here are three things we want you to remember:

1. Your patience will pay off.

The old saying goes “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” and you’re not going to get out of debt overnight either. We’ve helped a ton of people make a plan for their money and get out of debt—from scraping pennyies to some serious dollars. You can be one of them. And once you pay off that final debt, I promise you’ll be so relieved you stuck with it.




2. You’re going to make mistakes.

We all mess up. When we started paying off debt we were everywhere disorganized, no money in the bank and creditors calling Yes, it was embarrassing, but we learned from it and moved on. When you make a money mistake, don’t beat yourself up over it. That’s an easy way to lose motivation and feel like you’ll never get to where you want to be. And as long as you decide that’s not true, then it’s not true! Because, what you tell yourself is more important than what you’re going through.

3. Your sacrifices will be worth it.

You might not be able to go on vacation for a year or two, or you might have to sacrifice eating out for a while. But remember all of that is temporary. And those temporary sacrifices are going to set you up for long-term success. Keep your eyes on the big picture.

Don’t buy into the lie that you’re not going to make it.
You got this!