011: How to Budget When You Live Paycheck to Paycheck with Chris Peach

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Who is Chris Peach?

MoneyPeach's Chris Peach on how to budget when you live paycheck to paycheckChris Peach lives in Phoenix, AZ, with his wife and two kids.

He created Money Peach — a site where you can find financial help, coaching, and digital resources—in an effort to show people how to manage money in all areas of life, and most importantly, how to make money fun again!

Chris is passionate about managing his money and you really hear that passion come through in the interview. You’ll leave inspired and encouraged to take control of your finances.

In this episode Chris talks about what he does instead of budgeting, he shares a couple of secrets that allowed him to pay off a big chunk of debt in just a few months.

You’ll also find out the one financial product Chris doesn’t use and how he and his wife plan to pay off his mortgage early.

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Show Notes

[01:45] – The one thing Chris does that’s led to the biggest financial success – paying attention and budgeting.
[04:45] – The simple services and tools he uses to budget and manage his money.
[08:15] – Getting started with a “cash flow plan”. What to do if you don’t consider yourself a budget person.
[12:45] – Hitting rock-bottom ($52k in debt) and deciding to become a master of his money.
[16:30] – Some of the resources Chris used to fix his finances.
[18:00] – The one thing that’s still tough for Chris to do with his money.
[18:30] – Who’s the spender and who’s the saver in the relationship with his wife.
[20:15] – The promise project. How Chris stays on the same page with his wife.
[22:30] – How they paid off $52k in debt in seven months!
[27:00] – More details about how the budget works and how it’s evolved.
[32:00] – More on the tools and strategies used to manage the money and pay down the debt.
[34:00] – Chris’s home purchase, refinance decision, and strategy to pay off the mortgage.
[37:45] – The decision to pay off debt and not use credit cards vs invest and use debt as leverage more.
[41:00] – Goals for retirement and real estate while paying off the mortgage.
[44:00] – Looking back on the journey.

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3 Takeaways from My Interview with Chris

1. “What gets measured gets managed.”

“What gets measured gets managed.” (Peter Drucker) Successful businesses just don’t guess at what’s coming in and what’s going out. They know! And they are able to act on it before it’s too late. Your personal finances should work the same way.

2. Spending with cash makes money real.

Spending with cash makes money real. It does. And becoming real has its advantages. You feel it more when you spend. Jason Price who’s written for the site for a while and now acts as my ad manager has tried cash only and reported some interesting results. Try it for a week or a month. Try it for a particular category like Chris did with his groceries.

3. Leverage the small financial win!

Leverage the small financial win! When you’ve been getting your financial butt kicked for a while, take a small win and run with it! You don’t have to do it all overnight.

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About Philip Taylor, CPA

Philip Taylor, aka "PT", is a CPA, blogger, podcaster, husband, and father of three. PT is also the founder and CEO of the personal finance industry conference and trade show, FinCon. He created this website back in 2007 to share his advice on money, hold himself accountable (while paying off over $75k in debt), and to meet others passionate about moving toward financial independence. He uses Personal Capital to track his wealth. All the content on this blog is original and created or edited by PT.