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Seven Household Budgeting Tips Bennington VT

Keep your financial records organized and your filing up to date. Have a set of file folders for items such as receipts, bills, canceled checks, checking account statements, etc. Have a designated place where you keep or can easily assemble your home budget , your financial files, checkbook, etc. so it is all in one convenient location.

Janice Swenor
Langtree Associates
(802) 442-9311
115 Elm Street
Bennington, VT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, College/Education Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA, MS

Ms. Kristin W. Reed, CFP®
(802) 442-9311
204 South St
Bennington, VT
Firm
Langtree Associates

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Mr. Brian D. Mckenna, CFP®
(802) 447-1538
207 Main St
Bennington, VT
Firm
D.B. McKenna & Co., Inc.

Data Provided by:
Ms. Gail A. Mauricette, CFP®
(802) 442-8174
311 North Street
Bennington, VT
Firm
Crossroads Accounting LLC

Data Provided by:
Ms. Doris Hancock Karampatsos, CFP®
(413) 663-2343
795 Main Street
Williamstown, MA
Firm
True North Financial Services

Data Provided by:
Mr. Donald B. Mckenna, CFP®
(802) 447-1530
207 Main St
Bennington, VT
Firm
Bennington Finl Plng Group
Areas of Specialization
Estate Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning, Life Planning, Tax Planning, Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $50,001 - $100,000



Data Provided by:
Mr. Michael E. Slattery, CFP®
(802) 681-7396
160 Benmont Ave Ste 17A
Bennington, VT
Firm
Northwestern Mutual®
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $250,001 - $500,000

Profession: Business Executives

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Brenna Ann Warren, CFP®
155 North St
Bennington, VT
Firm
The Bank of Bennington, Money Concepts

Data Provided by:
Mr. David W. Orton, CFP®
(518) 852-6026
585 Sumner Road
Stamford, VT
Firm
Pyramid Funds Corporation
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $50,001 - $100,000



Data Provided by:
Mr. Bruce P. Mullen, CFP®
(802) 464-8998
PO Box 400
Wilmington, VT
Firm
Mullen Financial Strategies
Areas of Specialization
Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

Average Income: $50,001 - $100,000

Profession: Not Applicable

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Seven Household Budgeting Tips

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Frugal Living

Seven Household Budgeting Tips
By S.L. Simmons 
Email apennysaved@alwaysfrugal.com
Jul 26, 2006, 20:53

   

Do you frequently get cash from ATMs and then have no idea where it ends up? Do you end up paying late fees simply because you don't have a good system in place for tracking and paying your bills? If you don't have a good budget system in place, it is easy to lose track of your hard earned money. The tips below can help you to keep your finances under control.

1. Keep your financial records organized and your filing up to date. Have a set of file folders for items such as receipts, bills, canceled checks, checking account statements, etc. Have a designated place where you keep or can easily assemble your home budget , your financial files, checkbook, etc. so it is all in one convenient location.

2. Avoid spending cash, unless you are good at writing down cash expenses in a journal. It is all too easy to get $100 from the ATM and then have no idea where it all went at the end of the week. If you have trouble figuring out where your cash gets spent, keep a small amount of cash on hand for minor purchases. For everything else, try to pay by either a paper check, online checking or through credit cards so you have a record of your purchases. Credit cards are a good way to track purchases unless you have trouble controlling your spending. If this applies to you, then avoid credit card purchases and focus on keeping track of your expenses in a journal or by paying for items by check.

3. Give your children a set allowance for things like movies, CDs, snacks and toys instead of just giving them money on as needed basis. Giving children an allowance teaches them to make wise spending choices at an early age. A twelve year old who spends all of his allowance right away on CDs and then doesn't have enough money to go to the movies with his friends on the weekend has just learned a good lesson on the negative consequences of impulse spending.

4. Have a system in place for handling the mail. If you are not in the habit of misplacing bills or checks, good for you. Keep on using whatever system you have in place now. However, if losing track of bills is an issue at your house, it may help to have a designated mail drop box inside the house. Each family member should be instructed that whoever brings in the mail that day should always put the mail in the designated mail box for later sorting. Then the family member who has responsibility for sorting the mail should do so near the financial folders. That way checks get put right away in the check folder, bills in the bill folder, etc.

5. Avoid going to stores where you have had problems overspending in the past. Our neighbors stopped shopping at warehouse clubs and actually ended up saving money. They found they spent more money by not being able to resist all of the warehouse club bargains on products they really didn'...

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