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ClearCheckbook Premium Groups has launched!

8/24/2011 in ClearCheckbook Updates
We're proud to announce the launch of our ClearCheckbook Premium Groups feature. Premium Groups was created with families, groups and other organizations in mind. The group owner can easily manage all group member accounts, but none of the group members can access any information other than their own. Plus, the group owner and all group members get full access to all premium membership features!

When you sign up for Premium Groups, you become the "Group Owner". The group owner has the ability to incorporate existing user accounts or create new user accounts that they can directly log into and manage. The group owner can easily log into any of the group member accounts to run reports, view transactions, look at budgets, and anything else they can do to their own account. They can also limit the accounts and categories all group members have access to.

Premium Groups is a great way for one person to be able to manage several ClearCheckbook user accounts without having to remember a bunch of usernames/passwords.

We have been testing this feature with several different groups and families, including money management caregivers who help manage the checkbooks of several people at one time. This feature is a must-have for anyone who would like to manage multiple user accounts from one place with the added benefit of all the accounts having the premium membership.

All memberships are yearly and are priced according to how many group members you wish to have. You can learn more about the group membership by clicking here: https://www.clearcheckbook.com/group.

How a budget can get you through the unstable economy

8/17/2011 in Budgeting Tips
With the unpredictable fluctuations in today’s economy, having a budget is a smart way to pay off your debts or save up a nest egg for when times get tough. Our budget calculator provides you with an easy way to set budgets on your accounts and categories so you can work toward saving some extra money.

Using a budget calculator will help keep your spending in line and help you purchase only what you need to in order to help stop yourself from buying unnecessary items. By setting up a budget for your spending categories, you can make sure you’re not going over your budgets. It’s also a great way to see if you have enough money in your budget to purchase something new.

After setting up a budget and following it, that extra money can be put toward paying off debts or saving up for a new purchase. With investments as shaky as they have been, paying off debts is a great way to get your feet on solid ground so once the financial markets even out, you can feel better about investing money since you don’t have any debt hovering over your head.

If you don’t have any debts, you can use the money you save to make new purchases. Saving up for a vacation or a new car is a great excuse to set up a budget and track all the money you’re saving. You’ll be amazed at how much a budget can help you reduce your spending. In conjunction with our spending reports, you’ll know exactly how much you’re currently spending and that’s a great way to figure out how much you should budget for your various spending categories and accounts.

Creating a budget is extremely easy. Simply look at how much you’re spending now in your various categories and accounts, then figure out how much you can reduce the spending and still have enough money to live. Take that number and enter it into your budget and we’ll track how close you get to it as you enter your transactions into the site.

Even if you think you don’t need to set a budget because you’re making more than you’re spending, you’ll be surprised how much money you’re spending on things you don’t need. You can then use all that money you save by following your budget to treat yourself or invest in your retirement. Budgeting isn’t just for people who are struggling financially, budgets can help anyone who is looking to save some money.

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