Heike Moeller September 26, 2020 Budget
You realize the basic idea, but what if you do not fit into this category either. If your debt is far less manageable you can contact your local Consumer Credit Counseling Service or a debt consolidation company to help you get back on track. If your credit is still in good shape you may be able to get a low interest loan to consolidate debt yourself with monthly payments you can afford.
Adjust your Budget: Firstly your mortgage - you have several options here. You could increase the term of your mortgage, making your monthly payments lower. You could take a further advance and use the money to pay off your much more expensive credit cards - it is important to get rid of your most expensive debts first. Next check that you are with the cheapest suppliers for gas, electric, telephone and internet - it is not much trouble to switch and you could save a lot of money.
Food expenses should average about $150 monthly per person. This is the total amount including grabbing a bite to eat at the local restaurant. Look for sales at the supermarket and cook at home more often. Frozen and gourmet prepared foods are more expensive than home cooking. Break out the recipe book; your family may just thank you for it.
The financial planner will help you to determine which payments require regular payments and to build up reserves for unexpected payments. The regular payments include; rent payments, grocery purchases, tuition payments, credit card bills and general upkeep expenditures. It is wise to note that everyone has varied financial needs, and you should, therefore, structure your budget to include all your personal expenditures. Hospital bills are one of the payments which are unexpected because people do not plan to fall ill. Once you have calculated your regular expenditure, you can create a reserve amount to cater for unforeseen payment requirements.
Go through your discretionary expenses and see if there is anything you could do without - eating out once a month instead of once a week, walking to work rather than using the car every day or taking a packed lunch instead of going to the café. If your budget calculator shows that you do not appear to be able to live within your budget, do not despair - there are steps you can take.
There are always going to be unexpected bills, if your car breaks down or pet needs to be taken to the vet. These are problematic to accurately account for so it might be easier to set aside a contingency amount each month for unplanned expenses. Next step in the budget is to list all of your income. Look at recent payslips to get an accurate figure for wages and remember to include any benefits you receive, such as Child Tax Credit.