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Old 09-28-2012, 11:51 PM  
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You Need A Budget (YNAB)!

Just wanted to share a great piece of software I stumbled upon recently called "You Need A Budget" or "YNAB" for short:

http://www.youneedabudget.com

It's more than software really...it's more of a methodology for personal finance/budgeting with accompanying software. The beauty, in my opinion, is in its simplicity. That and the common sense approach to stop living paycheck to paycheck.

If you happen to be looking for money management software, it's worth checking out.

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Old 09-28-2012, 11:54 PM   #2
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By the way...this isn't a paid endorsement or anything like that. Just love the concept and the execution.
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:07 AM   #3
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Can you compare it to Mint.com? I use Mint.com, which is nice because not only is it simple, yet comprehensive, but also because it's completely free.
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:45 AM   #4
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:54 AM   #5
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Can you compare it to Mint.com? I use Mint.com, which is nice because not only is it simple, yet comprehensive, but also because it's completely free.
Simply put, Mint is geared towards past spending, while YNAB is geared towards future spending. With Mint, the budgeting aspect is almost an afterthought. With YNAB, it's the centerpiece.

Instead of basing your spending decisions on how much is currently in your checking account (which we all know can lead to heartache if a future expense is forgotten), spending revolves around your plan.
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:57 AM   #6
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Can you compare it to Mint.com? I use Mint.com, which is nice because not only is it simple, yet comprehensive, but also because it's completely free.
Here's what the guy who came up with it said:

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Mint is GREAT at letting you view all of your money in one place, and see what has been spent. Its a very pretty post-mortem analysis opportunity.

YNAB, and its baked-in philosophy, is about getting people to look forward and anticipate, telling their money what to do before the spending happens, anticipating larger, less-frequent expenses, and eventually breaking the paycheck to paycheck cycle.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:15 AM   #7
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What I want is a Mint-like piece that has a more detailed investment section. Something that shows day to day gains and losses.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:46 AM   #8
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We're YNAB users too. We got YNAB3 in 2009 when they offered a discounted price to a bunch of us on the We're Debt Free board (a Dave Ramsey spin-off) on BabyCenter.com.

I bought YNAB in November, used it for about 6 weeks before it really "clicked" and then we were off and running. I started up a new budget with the new year and have been happily budgeting since. I personally incorporate YNAB's budgeting ideas and mentaility into Dave Ramsey's living debt-free plan and it works well for us. We've paid off about $26k in debt, which is great considering my husband has been laid off more than half of the past 3 years.

For most people, YNAB does take a few weeks or so to "get". It's hard learning to not look at your bank account and think "I have xxx amount of money leftover to spend". With YNAB you give every dollar a job. So when you get paid, every single penny of that paycheck is budgeted towards something, be it your mortgage, your phone bill, your savings, or your video game fund. You can set up sinking funds for things that you know you'll need to buy or spend money on in the future. For example, I know that I have to renew my tags every August. So instead of coming up with the $200 every August (random number), I can put about $17 a month aside into the tags category and come August, it's all there ready to be paid out.

I love YNAB. I really do.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:58 AM   #9
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We're YNAB users too. We got YNAB3 in 2009 when they offered a discounted price to a bunch of us on the We're Debt Free board (a Dave Ramsey spin-off) on BabyCenter.com.

I bought YNAB in November, used it for about 6 weeks before it really "clicked" and then we were off and running. I started up a new budget with the new year and have been happily budgeting since. I personally incorporate YNAB's budgeting ideas and mentaility into Dave Ramsey's living debt-free plan and it works well for us. We've paid off about $26k in debt, which is great considering my husband has been laid off more than half of the past 3 years.

For most people, YNAB does take a few weeks or so to "get". It's hard learning to not look at your bank account and think "I have xxx amount of money leftover to spend". With YNAB you give every dollar a job. So when you get paid, every single penny of that paycheck is budgeted towards something, be it your mortgage, your phone bill, your savings, or your video game fund. You can set up sinking funds for things that you know you'll need to buy or spend money on in the future. For example, I know that I have to renew my tags every August. So instead of coming up with the $200 every August (random number), I can put about $17 a month aside into the tags category and come August, it's all there ready to be paid out.

I love YNAB. I really do.
Wow! That's great...congratulations! Thanks for sharing!

I just started using it a couple of weeks ago, so I'm still pretty new to it, but am loving it so far.
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:34 PM   #10
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I downloaded this based on this thread. I really think it is going to help me budget and stop living paycheck to paycheck.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:22 AM   #11
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I downloaded this based on this thread. I really think it is going to help me budget and stop living paycheck to paycheck.
Great! I was hoping someone would find it useful.

Like I said earlier, I'm loving it so far. I've been using it for a couple of weeks now and am already seeing results. Starting with November, I should be ready to "live on last month's income".

If you haven't already done so, you should check out one of the free live online classes. I sat in on the intro one and it really helped.
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:44 PM   #12
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Bump for the new year and anyone who might have a resolution to do a better job of budgeting.

We're still using it and it's really changed our lives for the better. We're no longer living paycheck to paycheck. At the start of each month, we have enough money sitting in our checking account to cover all our expenses for the month. We also, for the first time in a while, were able to pay for all of Christmas without charging stuff to credit cards.

Can't say enough good things about it.
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Do you find it a hassle to enter all of your transactions, instead of sync'ing via your bank like Mint.com? I'm concerned that my wife or I will lose focus, not enter for several days and then let it slip away.
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:12 PM   #15
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Do you find it a hassle to enter all of your transactions, instead of sync'ing via your bank like Mint.com? I'm concerned that my wife or I will lose focus, not enter for several days and then let it slip away.
Well, you can download/import transactions, but I just enter them. They've got iPhone and Android apps for entering stuff on-the-go which I use a lot. Everything syncs via Dropbox. The nice thing about the mobile apps is that they use GPS and will remember stuff.

For example, I go to the gas station and put gas in the car. Before I leave, I pull up the mobile app and enter the amount, the name of the gas station, and mark it with our budget category for gas. Then the next time I go to that same gas station, when I pull up the mobile app, it knows (via GPS) that I'm at that same gas station so it will automatically fill in the name of the gas station and the budget category. I just have to enter the amount. Takes just a couple of seconds. The same holds true for the grocery store, etc. Really convenient.

Really though, even entering stuff in the software on the computer is easy enough in my opinion. I guess we don't have a LOT of transactions, probably no more than 3-5 per day on average, but it really doesn't take me a lot of time. My wife doesn't enter anything at all. She's more of the free spirit. But she's liked the results with our money situation though, so she's really good at getting receipts for everything and giving them to me to enter.
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