52: Managing Your Money with Intention w/ Jesse Mecham

Are you trading your life away for what truly matters to you? Today's guest, Jesse Mecham, is the founder of You Need a Budget (YNAB), the budgeting software that helps you think about your money in a new way so you can live the life you want.In this episode, Aileen and Jesse dive into the YNAB's four rules for budgeting, the morbid side of spending, and how you can be responsible for the future while enjoying the present.

In this episode we explore:
  • 1:12 – The story behind YNAB
  • 2:33 – YNAB rules: Give every dollar a job + Embrace your true expenses
  • 5:37 – Advice for people who don't know how to plan expenses
  • 8:10 – YNAB rules: Roll with the punches + Age your money
  • 10:22 – How to get off the edge of living paycheck-to-paycheck
  • 13:42 – How to make money align with your priorities (at the movies!)
  • 18:01 – Detaching emotions + Seeing money as a resource
  • 21:05 – Balancing responsibility for the future with enjoying the present
Show Notes
  • “‘Budget' is not about depriving. It's planning. It's intending.”
  • “If you can recognize money as a tool for getting what you want … then you see it as a tool for good.”
  • “The present is far more enjoyable with a little bit of future planning.”
  • “What do you want to make of your life and how can money help you do that?”
  • “Budgets are about attaining things, not about avoiding things.”

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