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Beginning Balance

Sep 30, 2022

Mark and Jesse discuss a new term that is making the rounds on social media, and recently got the Wall Street Journal treatment as well. "Quiet quitting" is the so-called trend of dissatisfied and disillusioned workers exerting bare minimum effort and working as little as possible to keep their jobs, without actually...


Sep 16, 2022

Mark and Jesse set their sights on Rule Four as they contemplate the first principles, or the foundational ideas, behind YNAB's Four Rules. Rule Four has evolved over the years from pay today's bills with last month's money to, simply, "age your money." But the age of money, while a useful statistic, can be...


Sep 9, 2022

Mark and Jesse ponder the philosophy behind Rule Three -- roll with the punches. At the end of the day, it's just flexibility! Jesse also takes issue with the concept of "overspending."

 

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Sep 2, 2022

Mark and Jesse continue their philosophical musings over the Four Rules by considering the essence or first principle of Rule Two -- Embrace Your True Expenses. Some people have taken YNAB's position to be "we don't forecast," but Rule Two is all about forecasting. The idea here is to forecast your expenses, while only...


Aug 27, 2022

Mark and Jesse revisit YNAB's Four Rules to explore whether there's a deeper, more universal concept underlying them. It's often been said that Rule One -- give every dollar a job -- is about aligning your money with your priorities. While that is true, there's a deeper truth. Rule One is really all about tradeoffs, or...