Money Saving Articles

Wants and Needs…What’s the Difference?

Growing up, my parents tried to teach me some basic money management tools. I remember hearing the question “Is that a want or a need?” over and over. Eventually, I grew up and had to make that decision on my own. I think their lesson sunk in!   I Want it Now! Have you ever seen the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? It’s

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What Kind of Filing System Do You Use?

If you are anything like the rest of us, you have great intentions of keeping up with the paper tiger. But time, life, and perhaps a complicated system, all conspire to make it difficult to keep up. So, what does a person do to be better organized?   Start by Purging! An often-repeated line in organizing paperwork is you can’t organize clutter. Excess paperwork is

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Easy Budgeting Tools

There it is, our favorite dirty word: budget. Just kidding, it’s a fantastic word, and as a gift to yourself, you should have a budget! One size fits all doesn’t work for budgets, you need to find one that works for you. I generally feel most comfortable with a budget that has some wiggle room built in, but I’m willing to bet that many people

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Why Are We So Emotional About Money?

Why Are We So Emotional About Money? Stop for a minute and think about money in your life. What emotion are you feeling right now? Fear, anger, shame, and anxiety are the most common ones. Why is it that we feel so many negative emotions about it?   Fear Fear of not having enough, fear of not knowing how to manage what you have, or

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Is Daylight Saving Time Making You Crazy?

Is Saving Time Still Relevant? Not only is this Sunday the day we spring forward and lose an hour of sleep, it’s the 100th anniversary of Daylight Saving Time. It hasn’t been 100 continuous years though; DST officially became a real thing in 1966. Let’s talk a little bit about DST…   What Is the Reason for It? The original rationale was to have more

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How Are Productive People Different?

Sometimes I struggle with being productive, and I see people around me who manage their productivity amazingly well. I know there has to be something different productive people do, and I have done a bit of reading to figure it out. I picked my five favorite articles, and I found a consistent theme in them.   Focus on the Big Stuff In other words, don’t

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Responsible Credit Card Use

Keeping track of your credit and using it responsibly is a large part of financial fitness. Here at BillCutterz, we believe that being credit savvy is just as important as getting your bills reduced. Rather than telling you to get rid of credit cards, I’m going to outline some tips to help you deal with them.   Start Learning Young Talk to your children about

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Puzzled by Credit Scores?

Credit scores are confusing to understand, and hard to control. How many of you know your credit score? Okay, how many of you know how it can affect your everyday life? Sadly, I know both, and I really want to improve mine. I have spent some time wading through the information and collected some facts and helpful steps to follow in your quest for a

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Mortgage Preparation: What You Need to Know

So many of us dream of owning a home, but are unsure how to make it happen. I don’t have advice today on how to find a home, but I have researched how to prepare yourself for a mortgage.   Do Some Accounting Work The first thing you need to do is figure out your current budget, and make sure you have some money saved

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Identity Theft: It Can Happen to You

Saving money and alleviating stress are our focus here at BillCutterz. Identity theft can cost you a lot of money and create incredible stress. I have compiled a list of helpful tips to help prevent both, and a list of what to do if you become a victim.   Take a Few Precautions The most important thing is to take some reasonable precautions with your

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