We’re going all-in today on budgeting with our special guest- Jesse Mecham! There are a number of folks listening who might recognize his name, but I’m guessing even more folks are familiar with the company he started in 2003 while he was still in college- You Need A Budget, or YNAB as it’s commonly known. Millions of individuals have used YNAB to get on a budget which has allowed them to achieve their life-changing financial goals- whether that’s simply paying off debt or the complicated endeavor of getting on the same page as their partner. Jesse has likely thought more about budgeting over the past 20 years than anyone else out there, so we’re excited to talk with him about all the things that he’s learned over the years. Listen as we discuss why you need a budget in the first place, Jesse’s 4 rules of budgeting, how often you should spend on your budget every month, as well as his approach to credit cards and debt.

Additional links:

  • YNAB – We highly recommend looking into You Need A Budget. If you’ve tried putting together a budget on Excel or Google Sheets and it’s not working out for you, maybe you need an app that was created from the ground up to help you take control of your finances!
  • More Budgeting Help – Here are a few posts that’ll help get your budgeting system in sync with your lifestyle and help realign your spending habits:
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