Kristin Fink October 2, 2020 Budget
Work out your total income for a set period of time, usually a week or month, and then subtract your expenditure for that time period. This helps you to work out if you have a shortfall or spare money and from there you can work out what action you need to take, whether it is to cut costs or to save more.
Every financial professional`s suggestions in regards to budgeting seem so simple. Five percent to savings, thirty-five percent to housing expenses, ten percent for food...tell me honestly, am I supposed to put all my cash in individual envelopes and label them with their assigned debt? Let`s get real here. Debt is an overpowering epidemic in America. It is growing every year. I think its time that someone actually made sense out of it all.
Which Budget Calculator? When you have got your paperwork to hand it is time to find a budget calculator. There are loads of budget calculators on the internet - have a look at a few and see if there is one suitable for your needs. If you ca not find one that looks right for you, you could set up a personalised one on a spreadsheet. Go through your bank statements and make a list of all your monthly, quarterly and annual bills. Then add one third of the quarterly and one twelfth of the annual bills to your monthly column. Next list all your monthly income in the same way. Transfer the information to your chosen budget calculator and see where your money is going.
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.