1. Great post. Listing out all of my accounts was the only reason I realized that I had accumulated so much credit card debt. After that, I was able to put myself on a plan. Great tip!
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    • Thanks for sharing Grayson. As I mentioned above, a lot of people have a hard time “facing” the numbers of their debt levels, and listing things out does a world of good to get on the right track to reducing those balances!
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  2. I normally do this every month, list all my incomings and money which is actually 'mine', e.g. savings, then take away all the debt I owe. The more honest I am, the more it makes me re-think how I manage my finances and improvements I could make. Good luck with the book, let me know if you need any more opinions or anything.
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  3. Pauline @ Reach Financial Independence says:

    I update an excel spreadsheet once a month. Having a three currency net worth it is a bit complicated to use a software and Mint wouldn't have all of my accounts. I don't track expenses much, unless the net worth figure stagnates.
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    • Thanks for sharing Pauline. I would like to use Mint as well, but like you said, my stuff is too complicated to “fit” in Mint, so the spreadsheet approach works best for me.
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  4. Awesome post! I totally agree with your observation! When people are in a financial constraint they tend to be ashamed or afraid to face the music, and in my opinion something that we need to do in order to work out the problem/s–more than anyone else, we need to be honest to ourselves.
    I make it a point to list all my accounts to better take note of what I need to work on, to maintain, and eliminate from my monthly earning and spending.
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  5. Fred @Money blogger says:

    I used to be always afraid to do this and suffered from like you said, 'too much shame to face the music and gain a concrete vision of their financial position.' I can't recommend doing this as soon as possible because it will give you a far better financial foothold in getting control of your personal finances. The hard part for me is finding the value of my web business as it's quite volatile out there.
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