[tabi] FW: finances

Thanks so much Lynne; these are great, and I'm going to pass them on to
TABI. 

 

We've been using Mint recently, and find it very useful (so far) in just
making it very easy for you to see a picture of your entire financial
picture by just going to one site.  We plan to move on to using Mint's other
features.  Allison has been doing the web site work, so I haven't yet tried
it with a screen reader.

 

I have wondered if it would be helpful for a blind financial group to get
together sometimes, to share information and tips like this.  Certainly
there are a lot of blind-specific laws, exemptions, information,  and just
special deals or sources of products and services that could be shared,
along with the motivation to work on your financial situation which comes
from getting together regularly with like-minded others for support.

 

 

Thanks again,

 

Chip

 

 

From: Lynn Evans [mailto:austin.evans60@xxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Monday, August 06, 2012 4:17 PM
To: Allison and Chip Orange
Subject: finances

 

Hello Chip: 

 

If I remember correctly, you like financial websites. here are a few from a
Kim Komando post.   

 

I may use some of these. I am getting curious as to where all my money is
going. 

 

 


Tame an out-of-control budget 


8/6/2012 

Taking control of your finances can be a daunting task. You have to examine
your bills, research your options and track your spending. Then, you have to
decide what you can spend and how much you need to save.

Putting all of this together yourself would take forever! That's not to
mention how stressful it can be to think about money.

Proper budgeting is a necessary habit, though. Luckily, you don't have to go
it alone.

There are dozens of sites dedicated to turning ideas into a real,
money-saving budget. You'll find sites that do most of the research and
planning you need. With all the budgeting and money-saving sites available
online, it would be hard not to save extra cash.

The first thing you need to do is to put all of your expenses in one place.
<http://www.komando.com/coolsites/index.aspx?id=5901> Mint connects to all
of your accounts and tracks your spending habits in real time. You can set
due dates for your bills and the site will remind you to pay. You'll never
have to worry about late fees again!

Mint analyzes your spending habits and points out places to cut. It breaks
down your spending into detailed categories so you know exactly where your
money is going.

Plus, Mint allows you to set short- and long-term savings goals. The site
will help you save up for your next vacation or for your child's tuition. It
tells you exactly how much you need to save each month to reach your goal.

You might not like what you see once Mint analyzes your finances. Sometimes
all those monthly bills are just too much! You can shave hundreds off of
your bills with  <http://www.komando.com/coolsites/index.aspx?id=9113>
Billshrink.

This site compares what you currently pay each month to other services with
the same features. It shows you what you could save on your phone,
television and even gasoline without sacrificing services.

Input your address, current provider and how much you pay. Then, the site
asks a few questions about what kind of service you need. It will show which
providers will save you the most.

Billshrink will analyze your credit cards, as well. Another site for finding
the right credit card for you is
<http://www.komando.com/coolsites/index.aspx?id=11143> Nerdwallet. It
analyzes more than 1,700 different credit cards based on criteria you set.
It will show you what deals and rewards you're eligible for.

Does your credit card bill seem to grow bigger every month? Here are three
ways to dig yourself out of that hole.

*       Skyrocketing interest rates means your monthly bill shoots up, too.
<http://www.komando.com/coolsites/index.aspx?id=5570> Use this tool to
calculate your credit card debt. 
*       Before you swipe that card, think about how much it costs in the
long run.  <http://www.komando.com/coolsites/index.aspx?id=11132> Find out
the real cost of your purchases. 
*       Wouldn't it be great if you could put more of your payment toward
your card's balance?  <http://www.komando.com/tips/index.aspx?id=11941> Cut
out these useless fees.

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