Take charge of your spending
Most of us could use a little more help managing our money. Before you take the next step, first consider what would help you the most right now. This could be managing your cash flow, managing your expenses, or putting together a spending plan. Or, you might want to save for emergencies.
The resources below will help you take steps to do all of these things. We recommend taking them one section at a time. Give yourself time to see the progress you make, and decide the next step that is right for you.
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Before you go somewhere new, it’s always helpful to know where you’re starting from. These resources will help you examine your relationship with money, which can help you later on as you decide on your spending priorities and what to save for.
Did you know there’s more than one way to make a budget? In fact, if the word ‘budget’ doesn’t feel right, you can call it a ‘spending plan’ or a ‘money guide’, or another word that fits for you. Use the resources in this section to learn how to make a budget and ways to track your expenses.
- Five ways to make a budget
- Simple budget template
- Income tracking sheet
- Expenses tracking sheet
- Cash flow budget worksheet
Saving is an important part of financial well-being. Saving money helps you manage short-term needs such as day-to-day spending. It protects you and your family during emergencies. It is the key to reaching your future hopes and dreams. These worksheets will help you think through your savings goals and create a plan for achieving them.
- The importance of saving
- Create a savings goal
- Savings support network
- Saving for emergencies
- Saving for unstable income
- Resources for saving
Once you have built a savings habit, you may be ready to think about longer term goals. You may also want to use some of the financial savings tools available to save for specific life goals. The tips sheets in this section will help you learn about these accounts and build a savings goal.
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