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Financial Habits For Success:  In their paper on financial planning in the Journal of Economics in 2003, Ameriks et al. posed the question of how households that begin with a similar level of wealth and income tend to diverge over time, with some becoming wealthier, while others did not. A leading indicator for future wealth was “propensity to plan,”
Maintaining a sensible budget is about more than just limiting your spending. After all, there will be times in your life when you’ll be able to spend more and save money easily, just as there will be times when saving will be a struggle every month. In a way, your money habits are no different from your eating habits,
Mastering personal finance demands more than just maintaining a budget. Once you’re saving more than you make, and you have a comfortable emergency fund, you’ll need to start thinking about how to maintain and grow your wealth. Even though inflation may now be under control, we’ve still seen a period of relatively high inflation, that left the salaries of
Retirement planning is a universal concern today. The choice of a retirement savings account plays a pivotal role in securing financial well-being during one’s golden years. While the United States and Europe have different financial landscapes, both regions offer a variety of retirement savings options. Each has its own set of advantages and drawbacks. In this article, we’ll explore
With energy prices around the world rising out of control, the biggest worry for households this winter is paying the energy bills. In this article, we’re going to talk about how to make sure you’re not overpaying for energy, with 6 simple tricks to reduce your energy footprint, and save on energy. So let’s get started!  Know your Footprint
4 hours and 49 minutes – that is how much time the average American spends watching TV per day. Live TV accounts for 2 hours 53 minutes, time-shifted TV for 34 minutes, and on-demand streaming for 1 hour 22 minutes. That’s according to a report from Nielsen, a global data measurement firm.  According to their findings, 82% of viewers
The advent of ChatGPT and its many competitors certainly puts younger workers in mind of automation and its effect on their careers in the near future. In 2023, it’s unclear to most people under 40 how automation is going to affect their jobs going forward. Today we’re going to give you a brief overview of the most important short
Today may well feel like one of the worst times imaginable to buy a home. Indeed, interest rates are the highest they’ve been in decades, and the prices of homes in most developed regions are out of reach even for the average middle class buyer. That’s why millions of people are currently struggling to find an affordable property and wondering
For millennials and Gen-Z, especially in western countries, the meaning of work and a happy life have changed drastically in recent years. Especially in America, the promise of opportunities and financial stability with the help of budgeting that came with a college degree or technical education has evaporated for many of us. The cost of education has grown completely
Today we live in a culture of consumption and waste. Consumers are encouraged to buy the latest, shiny new device or piece of clothing, usually at discounted prices, in bulk – the opposite of sustainable shopping. The problem is that fast fashion and other cheaply made consumer novelties are usually not made to last. Not only this, but what
You’ve probably heard that the world is in the midst of a global housing crisis. You may have noticed it yourself, if you’ve been in the market for a new home, or even just a rental. Houses are in short supply, while prices are sky high, and the cost of borrowing is through the roof. How many “it’s really
Our customers at BudgetBakers are, we feel confident in saying: very disciplined in their personal finances. And yet, there are some budgeting failure scenarios that are almost impossible to avoid. This will be a light hearted post about 11 of those budgeting fails. Plus some budgeting pro tips. Ever done an epic fail of budgeting? You’re not alone! Let’s
Open any newspaper to read about how spending habits have changed over the past few years. They will tell you that spending on in-person retail, restaurants, and services were all down massively in 2020 and slow to recover since. Spending on movie streaming services, on the other hand, skyrocketed. One thing they probably won’t mention is one of the emerging
For our second post detailing the financials of a real Airbnb, we turn to a real member of the BudgetBakers team who owns an Airbnb in Prague, our home city, and who helped us develop our Airbnb Revenue Calculator.  They have graciously shared their statistics to give us a sharper picture of what the economics of Airbnb look like.
Maybe you’ve stayed in an Airbnb or two. Maybe you’re even a big fan. But have you ever considered investing in your own Airbnb? Many of our readers have probably asked themselves at some point whether running an Airbnb would be a worthwhile investment of their time, money, and energy. Perhaps some have deeply investigated, while others may only

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