Luna Llena

A Money Novela

We invoke the fullness and abundance of wealth and prosperity into our lives with the guidance of our new columnist Nathalia Segoviano.

The high from making my money work for me.

Money is an energy. Nothing makes me feel more energized than buying something that I know won’t send me back into debt. How do I know? Because I plan for it. Every time I swipe my credit card, I stop to think about the cash I have sitting in various accounts. I have two checking accounts. One is my main checking where my direct deposits come in and the other holds my grocery and fun budget. Then I have a high yield savings account for my emergency fund and a separate high yield savings account for my sinking funds. A…

Your Money Questions Answered by Nathalia

How do I create a budget, stick to it and be consistent?

This is a common question I get and it’s honestly a little hard to answer because budgets look different based on people’s situations. But a good place to start is to read my first column here at Saint Lunita. I broke down how to start a budget and described the various budgeting methods you can choose from. Check it out here:

You can see a real life example of my budget here:

I also have a budgeting highlight on my page where you can see the different kinds of budgeting methods, how they work and real life examples so you can find one that works for you. I also offer a financial literacy workshop that covers budgeting, saving, investing and credit building. 

As far as sticking to a budget, that takes time and work! The first few months are going to be the hardest. But don’t let that deter you. Just like many things in life you will need to put in more time in the beginning to stick to your budget. This will mean tracking your spending, working your budget regularly and making changes as necessary. But once you find the right numbers and get used to it, it’s so easy! You can automate a lot of the work and you will have to do very little to upkeep it. Consistency comes with intentional practice. Make  time every week to work on your money. If you need motivation, you can listen to money podcasts like So Money, YoQuieroDinero and Diversifying. Follow creators online like me 🙂

If you have any financial questions you would love to ask Nathalia, please submit them in the following form and she will try to address them in an upcoming edition.

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