Brigitte Werfel October 5, 2020 Budget
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.
The fun of mortgage calculators in consolidating your debt is that you can mix up the figures. Should you refinance your home for its entire current worth and pay off everything you owe, or can you refinance to a certain limit and pay off most debts while keeping some smaller short-term ones and therefore maintaining equity on your home? By playing with the figures on the mortgage calculator and using these figures in a home budget calculator you can start to see where your best options lie.
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.
First of all, at the top of the list is your income which can be divided into 2 categories: paycheck and other after-tax income. These are the only categories in the income part of the calculator. The rest is occupied by various categories of expenses. The first category of expenses is housing expenses which include the following subcategories: Property (mortgage/rent/property tax), Utilities (Gas, Water, Electricity), Phone, TV and Internet.
A spending outline that has everything you spend money on and stays within the acceptable income range is considered to be a good budget. It is also important to remember to include things like saving money for retirement, emergency expenses or schooling. Many people find budgeting a chore because they do not have direction or goals laid out as part of the budget. When you consider things like what you want to have in the next five years, for example, having paid off the car or mortgage, it makes it easier to sit down and take the time to budget with those goals in mind.