Here are some categories for managing personal finances (I like putting things into categories) . I find them a useful basis for my financial planning and filing.
Planning and Budgeting
Overall resource planning. Managing the relationship between time and resource.
Money that comes in.
- Income from investments
Money that goes out. Paying for stuff.
Saving and Investing
Paying today, benefiting tomorrow. All investment involves a degree of risk.
- Savings plans
Borrowing and Debt
Benefiting today, paying tomorrow. Also involves uncertainty.
Paying to reduce uncertainty.
Resource that goes out, but for which I receive no (material) benefit.
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