Managing a budget.
Deal with the stress of money problems through the use of a powerful tool - a personal budget.
It can change the whole way you see money. It can end constant money battles. It can give you peace of mind – and help you realize your hopes and dreams in life. Organization is the key. So get organized. Learn here about tracking spending, controlling spending, and setting financial goals you can really reach.
Read through this section of our Web site to find out about:
- Creating a realistic budget
- Developing a spending plan
- Determining wants and needs
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Start budgeting realistically.
You can manage your finances and avoid bad debt in the first place.
Start by keeping close tabs monthly on what you make and what you spend. Develop a realistic budget. Base it on your actual, day-to-day, month-to-month circumstances. And stick to it. Organize monthly expenses based on your income.
Keep some important things in mind.
- Net income: That’s what you can spend after paying your taxes and other expenses such as medical benefits.
- Fixed expenses: These are ongoing expenses such as rent, mortgage and car payments, cell phone and utility bills, etc.
- Variable expenses: These are somewhat regular expenses for things such as grooming and clothes.
- Incidental expenses: These are occasional expenses for things like gifts or travel.
Create a spending plan.
Maybe you spend like a king and save like a pauper. Or maybe you’re someone who just buys stuff without thinking or planning. Maybe it’s time to wake up and smell the future.
Start with a spending plan. Strictly speaking, it’s not a budget, but it helps you organize a budget in a big way. It’s a guide to make sure your everyday purchases don’t get in the way of long-term money goals.
Also, any good spending plan should be put in writing. That makes your money goals seem more concrete and reachable.
To create your spending plan, you need to do four things:
- Identify your income.
- List all your expenses.
- Compare your Income and expenses.
- Set your priorities and make changes.
Know the difference between wants and needs.
What do you need? What do you want? Answers to these questions can have a huge impact on your wallet – and your life.
Do you really need to make daily or almost daily purchases of designer coffee, lottery tickets, trinkets, magazines, pop, candy, munchies - the list goes on. Do you have any idea how much “impulse buying” you do? How much money you spend on stuff without thinking?
Most people don’t keep track of all the little things they buy. But if they stopped to track the money that goes into all those things, they would probably be shocked. The money really adds up over time. It’s money that could otherwise go toward what really matters in life – including the need to fulfill bigger dreams for maybe a house, or a new car, or your kids’ education.
That’s why you should create a budget. That’s why you should have a spending plan. Try becoming fully aware of your spending - day-to-day, month-to-month – and see what happens. It may take some time. But when you get there, you’re likely to discover you have a newfound strength – the power to decide what’s important to in life, and what is not.