The 30-Day Tracking Tool
If you’re getting ready to use a Spending Plan, it’s important to record your income and spending for 30 days to understand what you are actually earning and spending.
We recommend that you carry something with you to record your transactions. As an alternative save your receipts and enter them into the 30-Day Tracking form daily. It’s designed with one column for income and 12 columns for spending categories. The tracking tool is also electronic so it can be filled out digitally and calculate your income and expenses for you.
- Income: Every time you receive income, record the amount on the 30 Day Tracking form in the Income column under the date you receive it.
- Spending: Each time you spend, record the amount under the appropriate spending category.
- Spending Categories: The detailed list of spending categories are designed to assist you as you decide where to categorize your purchases.
The Compass Budget
Do you know how your great grandparents kept a budget before people used checks, credit/ debit cards and online banking? Simple! They used the cash-in-the-envelope system. They labeled envelopes for various spending categories and at the beginning of the month put a budgeted amount of cash in each envelope. And, for example, when the “clothes” envelope was empty, they didn’t spend any more on clothes that month. It was simple and effective. You’ll use a similar system with the Compass Spending Plan!
Mint.com lets you see all your balances and transactions together, on the web or your phone. Mint automatically pulls all your financial information into one place, so you can finally get the entire picture.
- Mint automatically updates your information every night and categorizes everything for you.
- Mint has more than 4 million users who know their information is always secure. That’s because Mint uses 128-bit SSL encryption — the same security that banks use — and all data is protected and validated by Verisign and TRUSTe.
- Manage your personal finances in real time and on-the-go with free mobile apps for iPhone and Android. Check your accounts, track budgets, and edit info right in the apps.
- The fees that banks pay Mint for introducing new customers allow them to keep the service free for users.
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