Family Budget Spreadsheets 2021

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Years ago, there was a month where I hadn’t planned on a large property tax bill and I wasn’t sure where we were going to find the money. We could afford a camping trip, we could pay our tax bill on time, and we could pay cash for Christmas, but we needed to PLAN for it. .

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Introducing: Family Budget Spreadsheets

Family Balance Sheet

There was a month in 2013 where I hadn’t planned on a large property tax bill and I wasn’t sure where we were going to find the money. We could afford a camping trip, we could pay our tax bill on time, and we could pay cash for Christmas, but we needed to PLAN for it. Personal Escrow – Use this spreadsheet to plan for your high yearly expenses, such property taxes, association fees, insurance, etc.

Create a Personal Escrow Fund | 31 Days to Organize Your Finances

Family Balance Sheet

Does your property tax bill give you anxiety? Our homeowners insurance and property taxes are not tied in with our mortgage so we receive those bills and are responsible for paying them instead of the bank that owns the mortgage. property & school taxes – due yearly. Welcome to 31 Days to Organize Your Finances. By the end of the month, my goal is to help you have a detailed financial plan for your family.

Four Reasons to Have a Gravel Driveway

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Because of this, in April 2013, Maryland lawmakers implemented what is referred to as a Rain Tax. According to The Washington Times : “The Rain Tax essentially charges homeowners for any surface of land they own that does not absorb rainwater. Gravel Doesn’t Cause The County to Raise Our Property Taxes. I grew up with gravel driveways. Where I lived, everyone had one.

A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish

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On top of our normal day to day expenses, the new property taxes were due, we had more ownership expenses than we realized, and we had a family to feed. As much as I wanted to be a property owner, the extra debt was beginning to suffocate us. Selling the property and going back to renting wasn’t the way I wanted to handle the situation, so I sat down and created a step-by-step plan.

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5 Books with Insights that Changed the Way I Think About Money

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We have to pay for maintenance and property taxes and the interest on the loan. These costs are are only partially offset by the fact that, in the United States, I get a tax deduction for some of them. When I was growing up, my ideas about money were limited. I figured the keys to financial success were: Get a good education. Get a good job. Buy a house, since it’s an investment. Save money in a bank account (or perhaps a company retirement plan).

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Selling Your Investment Property?

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If your relationship with that investment property has soured, maybe it is time to sell. You bought the property in hopes that your renters would pay your expenses while the property appreciated. Before you start spending your profits, take a breath and then sit down and think through what your net gain or loss might actually be – after taxes and all selling expenses. Taxes. Real estate is subject to yearly taxes by the county.

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How We Paid off Six Figures of Debt

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We had been renting for over 10 years and we were ready to find a property to move our business to and eventually build our net worth. Our business was doing very well, and we were excited about the opportunity to own a property outside of our home.

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Things I’ve Learned During 30 + Years of Home Ownership

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Eminent domain allows governments to seize personal property if it is in the public good. At that, we were luckier than some, who in areas around us lost their entire property (well they were paid a pittance for it) so that a race track and shopping area could be built. We have a dry run on our property which, when it rains, carries the water off to a river. But the makeup of a location can be changed by governments hungry for additional tax dollars.

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How our Debt Freedom Plan Prepared Us for the Pandemic

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Our small business was going well, so we said so long to renting office space and purchased a commercial property in the summer of 2012. Also to top it off, I had a huge property tax due that month for our office building that was going to be difficult to pay for in light of the circumstances.

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Benefit from My Financial Mistakes

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I also wish that we had taken on loans to buy investment property after we got financially established after our first 15 years. By purchasing used vehicles you save on the initial car price, the sales tax you pay upon purchase as well as the property tax you pay each year and the amount you need to insure it. Although my spouse and I have done well financially, there are things I wish I had done differently! Here are some of my financial mistakes.

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Why You Should Be Skeptical of Financial “Rules of Thumb”

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And what happens when you add in property taxes, utility, home insurance, and maintenance? Rules of thumb are often used to make various financial decisions. While they can be helpful when it comes finding a starting point, rules of thumb should be approached with a degree of skepticism. Circumstances — And the Markets — Change. Many rules of thumb are based on a specific set of circumstances.

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Should YOU Buy a Boat?

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We own a lake front property, yet do not own a boat. These will include things such as insurance, property taxes, gasoline (to get to the lake and to boat on the lake), maintenance, boat slip fees and storage fees in off season. Although we live in the Midwest US, every weekend (and weekday during summer months) we see folks in their pickups hauling boats on trailers.

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How Much Money Can You Live Off Of?

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Any housing related insurance fees and property taxes are also important to include. There was a story that went viral last year about a young couple that was determined to see how little they could live on each day. The project was called the One Dollar Diet Project. The couple managed to live an entire month off of just one dollar a day for food expenses.

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How to Save Money on Your Home’s Mortgage

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The lenders use it to protect their interest in the property. PMI should automatically terminate once you have paid the loan’s balance down to 80% of the total property value. Get a property tax assessment. Your tax bill could be incorrect. Your state or province may be overbilling you for the cost of your personal property. The government will reassess your property value and in some cases you might be issued a refund.

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How to Save on Rental Cars

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The sales tax, plus the ongoing higher property tax and insurance are really turning him off – and the van does fine if we drive it locally or just for a few hours to the lake. Airports are notorious for tacking on fees and taxes. Extra personal and property insurance ($6.95 Make sure the sites are including everything, including all taxes and fees. We will probably be renting a car for our vacation this year.

How to Say No When a Sibling Asks for Money

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She has not been able to pay the real estate property taxes on your parent’s house (which she inherited) and has come to you for help. Don’t forget to enter to win an iPad 3 here at PET. Only 1 day left. We are raised by parents to be nice to our brothers and sisters, to care for them and about them and to share with them – after all, they are family. But what if you have a sibling that for one reason or another, repeatedly requests financial help.

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Save Taxes: Negotiate A Reduction in Your Assessed Value

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If you own real estate, you have been, or someday will be, confronted with a rise in your assessed property value. This usually leads to an increase in your real estate taxes! Increases in your assessed value can sometimes be negotiated downward, saving you tax money. Assessed value is the value that will be used in determining how much you will pay in real estate taxes. Most state laws require that assessed value be based on the market value of the property.

How to Start a Budget (and be successful at it!)

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Many years ago, our cash flow sucked, we put Christmas on a credit card, and I wasn’t sure how I was going to pay for a large tax bill. A zero-based budget is planning for every single dollar of after-tax income. At the top, write the word, “INCOME” and then list all of your after-tax income sources for the month you’re planning, and total the income. If your paychecks are inconsistent, you will need to cautiously estimate your after-tax income.