Before we can begin to talk about budgeting or investing, we need to get an idea for where you’re at financially. The easiest way to do that is to start tracking your spending for a month.
You can do that by hand, but there are websites and software that will do it for you. We use http://mint.com. We have been using it trouble free for over 5 years. It’s tracked and categorized almost 6500 transactions!
While we’re waiting for data to accumulate, you can calculate your net worth to see where you stand financially.
NOTE: If you are a viewer outside of USA, you can purchase a program called “You Need A Budget” (YNAB) that makes manual expense tracking easy.