Ben Barlowe

Education Content Writer at YNAB

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Can YNAB Keep Your House Clean?

Learn how to use YNAB as a reward system and light up your Fun Money category.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Unexpected Expenses

How some preparation and a small change in your mindset can help you love how you spend your money, even for unexpected emergencies.

There's No Such Thing as Saving Money

The number one rule of personal finance: you have to save money. Why? What if I told you there is no such thing as saving money?

Top 10 Frequently Asked YNAB Budgeting Questions

You've got budgeting questions, we've got answers. Here are the 10 most frequently asked questions from new YNAB users.

Need Ideas for Budget-Friendly Fun?

As an adult, it can be hard to maintain a social life when you’re trying to spend less. Check out these ideas for budget-friendly fun.

3 Common Money Mistakes

Lying to your budget is an easy money mistake to make. Improve your finances and your stress level with honesty about your spending.

7 Budgeting Challenges in the First Three Months

If you're just starting out, you're no stranger to budgeting challenges. Check out these tips to help you stick to a budget and save more!

Why is Budgeting Important?

Why is budgeting important? Budgeting isn't as boring as it sounds; in fact, it can allow you to take risks that pay off for a lifetime.

How We Paid Off Our Mortgage in 6 Years (and Why!)

Gather around for a story about how Ben paid off his mortgage in six years and how he plans on using that freed-up cash flow to help others.

Which Comes First: Emergency Fund or Pay Off Debt?

Wondering if you should build your emergency fund or pay off debt first? Learn the best method for prioritizing competing financial goals.

Do I Need a Savings Account?

You may be wondering, "Do I need a savings account?" Well, we've got the answer and the budget-based reasoning to back up our theory.

How Do I Handle My Savings Account In My Budget?

If you don't know how to manage your savings account in your budget, we lay it all out here. Spoiler: it's really not that complicated.