Dear readers, I’m excited. This February, I’ll be doing “Where’s My Money Going?” month right here on financefreelancelife.com! No, you aren’t out of the loop because you’ve never heard of it before, it’s something I came up with after reading your thoughts on tracking spending manually.
What will “Where’s My Money Going?” month include?
The focus will be on knowing where our money is going (yeah, you got that from the title, right?) and how to better track and control it.
For one thing, there will be tools! I’ll be including spending-tracking spreadsheets (my own and linking to other people’s posts), budget spreadsheets (again mine and others), reviewing various budgeting/tracking software programs (free and paid), and looking for other tools to help you control your money.
I’ll be writing about theories of budgeting and tracking money, reflections on the ups and downs, and maybe sharing some other people’s stories (see below!).
This will also include a commitment on my part. Throughout February, I’m going to switch from using programs (ok, I’ll have those running too) to tracking everything we spend by hand. I won’t bore you with the details, but I will be posting some of the things I lean, expenses that surprised me, and maybe the occasional “what we spent today” at the bottom of a post.
Want to participate? There are lots of ways to get involved.
1) Join me! Don’t track your spending? Use software? Join me in tracking it manually for just a month. Entering data into a spreadsheet or other file gives you a completely different look at your spending patterns. Everything is up close and real, not just numbers on a computer.
If you’re a blogger and decide to join in “Where’s My Money Going” month and mention it on your blog (and contact me if it doesn’t leave a trackback), I’ll include you in one of my roundups. No, there aren’t prizes (yet, we’ll see!) but it’s a huge gift to yourself. If you’ve already written about it
2) Share your story. I’m looking for stories or guest posts. Has budgeting changed your life? What have you learned about yourself by monitoring what you spend? What are your goals for this year (related to the matter at hand, of course)?
If you’d like to share your story, get in touch with me and I may include it on the blog.
3) Subscribe! No pressure, but if you’d like to jump on this bandwagon, the best way to keep up to date on the posts is subscribing to the site’s free feed. If you want to get new articles via an RSS reader, click here to subscribe. If you’d rather get them in your e-mail, click here to subscribe. And if this whole thing sounds boring, then consider subscribing in March! 😉