Isabel Leverrier September 28, 2020 Budget
A budget is the most fundamental and effective financial management tool available to everyone and it does not cost a penny. Absolutely anyone can work out their budget and simply doing so helps you to see how much you earn, how much you spend and where you are spending it.
If you are having trouble paying your bills then you need to start a budget. If you are turning to your credit cards to make it to the end of the month then you need to start a budget. Even if you are not in trouble with your bills, a budget will help you find areas where you are wasting money. A home budget calculator helps ease the complexity of developing and keeping a home budget.
There are many different types of budget calculators to choose from when you are surfing online but probably the most popular is a mortgage estimator you will find on most home finance sites. The idea behind the home mortgage budget tool is to see how the monthly loan payments will work with your budget. By entering all your monthly income and expenses you can quickly see if the house and loan you are considering will fit into your financial plans.
When considering housing expenses, you may be over your limit. An average target is 35%. If you own your home, you ca not just sell it and move back with Mom and Dad to save money and refinancing may cost you more in closing costs than you are actually saving. If you need a little extra in one part take it from another. Reduce some of your more flexible expenses like a cell phone bill or clothing costs. Find a less expensive plan and shop the sales at the department stores.
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.
For example, I love donuts. There are several times that T have bought one or two donuts from the mini-mart when I stopped to get gas. I may only spend one dollar at each stop, but if I do this several times each week, it can add $10 or more to my food budget. Coffee might add another $10 or $20. If I did not figure this into my food budget, I would have problems. Since all of our money is supposed to be accounted for in our budget, there is no "extra" money. That means that if I do not take it from my food category, I am taking that $20 or $30 from another category. This would throw the entire budget off course.