Makayla Maudsley October 4, 2020 Budget
Budgeting tip two is knowing your financial situation. There are a number of people who have no idea what their financial situation actually is. They have never looked at the big picture, content with looking at just the small piece that is in front of them. This can make budget calculating difficult. Therefore, taking a set back, pulling everything together and taking a look at the overall situation may be just what you need to make sure your budget is on target.
It does not take much for you to get behind on monthly bills, but it sure takes some time to catch up. The comparison in my mind is to weight gain. A one-week vacation can easily pack on 5 to 7 pounds. Losing that weight however, can take a good month of cardio. That is no fun, and neither is trying to find the extra cash to pay last month`s credit card payment.
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.
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.
Budget Calculator - Getting Started: It is probably a good idea to collect your last twelve months bank statements to make sure you do not forget to include all your quarterly and annual bills. Collect the records of all your income, including investment income and interest on savings. Your expenses fall into several categories - some are unavoidable, some are discretionary and some are unexpected. Your unavoidable expenses include things like mortgage or rent, electric and gas and of course food. Discretionary expenses are things like eating out or a day at the spa. Unexpected expenses include things such as repair of an essential household appliance or a new boiler.
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.