Skye Clemes September 26, 2020 Budget
There are literally many monthly budget calculators out there on the Web and they each offer a different structure and different set of categories. This has led to people getting confused as to what a good monthly budget calculator should have. In order to address this issue, this article has been written to list the most important and essential components of a great monthly budget calculator.
As far as money allotted for paying down debt like credit cards and student loans, you can shave a little off of savings until the balances are paid down or paid off completely. It is important with credit card debt to pay more than the minimum amount due, otherwise you are paying mostly interest and very little of your balance. Student loans however can be paid off in minimum payments without costing you enormous interest rates.
Transport is another issue to consider. Whilst many people simply would not consider losing their car completely, it is certainly worth thinking about using it a whole lot less. The car may be useful for the monthly shop, but for shorter trips it could be better to walk or take the bus instead.
We need to actually monitor our spending habits to find out the best way to maximize our financial resources. The best way to do this is to keep track of every purchase made, regardless of whether you use a check, credit card, or cash. In learning how to prepare a budget, it is important that this is done for two to three months.
In the first instance, make a note of everything you spend - big and small - each day for a whole month. The first thing you wll notice is how all the little things actually add up to quite a lot over the course of a month. For example, it is estimated that the average worker will spend around £5 a day buying their lunch. And even taking into account weekends and holidays, that is an excessive amount of money every year on unnecessary lunchtime treats. By bringing in homemade lunches everyday it is possible to make considerable savings for a modest effort.
To make this exercise easier, ask for receipts for each purchase you make. In the interim, we should keep our receipts in envelopes labeled for each budget category. Then, take time at least once each week to review those receipts and tabulate the totals for each category. After two or three months, you have much more information to work with and are better able to find trends in your spending habits. Then, it will be easier to make the necessary adjustments so that your budget accurately reflects your spending lifestyle.