February 2016

Qapital: Making Saving Fun!

I don’t know about you, but saving money isn’t always fun, especially when it is an automated process.  In order to encourage saving and making it more exciting, the app Qapital was born.  Qapital makes it easy for you to automate your saving with weekly or month transfers.  In addition, you can also save money simultaneously with your friends.

I heard about Qapital back at the end of 2015 but there has been more and more talk about the app recently.  Qapital gained a lot of steam because of a popular saving app, Digit, started charging a monthly fee!  Digit was a favorite of many personal finance coaches like myself because Digit would automatically save money for you each money based on your spending habits.  Normally a money fee wouldn’t be so bad, but Digit raised their fee from free to $2.99 each month.  Although Digit added some additional benefits with the fee, I don’t see the service being worth $36 per year.  So, Qapital is good if you are looking for an app to start saving automatically but it is also good as an alternative to Digit.

Think you don’t have enough money to put your saving on auto-drive?  The thing is an app like Qapital forces you to save.  It is if the money is out of sight and out of mind.  Unlike putting your money into a saving account that you can see everytime you log online, the money is in a completely separate location.


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Budgeting Made Easy with the 50/20/30 Rule

If you are just starting to create a budget, then the 50/20/30 rule is a great place to start.  Instead of thinking of all categories which your spending and savings go to, allocate your after-tax income in the following 3 categories: essential expenses, financial priorities, and lifestyle choices.

Budgeting with the 50/20/30 Rule

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4 Tips to Catch a Flight Deal

Traveling is one of my favorite pastimes! It’s always great to get away and enjoy new scenery, food, and people.  Since I love traveling I have made it a priority in my budget.

Finding a flight deal is one of the easiest ways to cut down expenses on a trip.  Just last year, I purchased a round trip flight to DC for $100 and helped a friend find two round trip tickets to Atlanta for less than $80 total!  Flight Deals are not only available for domestic flights, but they are also available when flying internationally.

Below are 4 tips on finding inexpensive flights:


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Acorns: Start Investing your Spare Change

Have you wanted to get in to investing but don’t know where to start?  Do you have trouble saving the amount to reach the minimums to invest in individual stocks or mutual funds?  Have you recently become interested in getting your feet wet in the market but not sure where to start?  If your answer is yes to any of those questions, then Acorns is a website that you should check out!  Here are the basics:


Goal: Invest spare change automatically from everyday purchases into a diversified portfolio.  This is accomplished by linking your checking, savings, and even credit card accounts to their website.  Then each purchase will be rounded up to the nearest dollar and invested in a portfolio designed for you.

Want to start investing but not sure where to start? The app acorns will literally let you invest your spare change from purchases. Check out my experience!

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5 Reasons you Need an Emergency Fund

Let’s face it.  Saving isn’t one of the most exciting things to do.  After working hard, most of us would rather take a vacation or buy a shiny new gadget right?  Although saving may not be fun, it is well worth it to save financial stress down the line.  This is where an emergency fund comes in!

5 Reasons you Need an Emergency Fund

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I Saved Over $500 a Year on Insurance

Things happen in life where you realize you need to cut back on expenses.  This happened to me last summer.  Long story short, my monthly expenses were going to increase by about $150 a month.  Although $150 a month doesn’t seem like a whole lot, times that by 12 months in a year and you have a yearly increase of $1800.  Once the increase of $1800 per year really sunk in, I realized I needed to do something to lower my other expenses.

Looking to squeeze extra funds out of your budget? Check out how I saved $500 a year on insurance!

My first and best attempt at cutting back on my expenses was tackling my auto insurance.  Despite my clean credit report and driving record, my monthly policy was $135.  I immediately got to work to try to lower the bill.


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