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The First Step to Financial Freedom: Balance Your Checkbook!

Author: Brad Howland
First Posted: September, 2001

As a tax preparer, I'm often asked for financial advice. The number one thing I say to people is: balance your checkbook! This is extremely important, as it allows you to track exactly how much money you have at any given time. If you don't have this information, you don't know how much you can spend, and could slide into debt without being aware of it.

It's actually quite a challenge to keep a balanced checkbook. Here are a few strategies that simplify the task:

Now that you know exactly how much money you have, you can make informed decisions about your finances, and stay out of debt!


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