I always seem to be broke by the end of August. I think it's because it's a long month, and there are all those back-to-school fall/winter things to get like shoes and clothes and winter coats. If I'm lucky there's been a vacation in there somewhere, too, with the usual costs. Here are some of the personal finance and money sites that help me get back on track:
Wesabe is a neat way to watch your spending and set goals. I'm still fiddling with the tracking end of this, but I like the discussion forums.
Keep an eye on the housing market in general, and your house in particular, with Zillow and Trulia. We've been watching our home's (falling) value lately, but hope it'll start to turn around next year.
How much are you spending on gas? Sign up at Fuelly to track it, get tips for saving, and see how others are doing. I'm interested to see how much we're really spending vs. how much I think we're spending.
Now that Annabel is here and I'm starting back to work, it's time to revisit our financial goals. We haven't given up on the idea of moving back west and closer to family, even though the housing market makes it unlikely right now. We're starting to think about replacing one of our cars (the Mazda5 is high on my list). I'm trying to save up for a new computer. And the house could use some updating and improvement (basement, anyone?). Keeping track of the little things might help those big things happen sooner. I hope.