Isabel Leverrier October 6, 2020 Budget
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.
The next step in the budgeting process is to ascertain what you spend on everyday items such as food and petrol. When budgeting, it is important to include all expenditure to do not forget to include even the smallest of details. If you grab a morning latte before each work each day then this should be accounted for within your budget. Last but not least, a comprehensive budget will also take into account estimated amounts for occasional costs such as birthdays, Christmas presents, holidays or dentist and optician bills. You may not have an exact figure but an estimate works just fine to give you an idea of how much this adds up to every month.
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.
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.
You should include a category called savings/emergency funds. This is also an expense in the sense that the money is going out to a savings account or emergency fund. You may never know when you will need the money so it is wise to put money aside from time to time. With a great monthly budget calculator anyone can plan their finances and get on their way to achieving their goals and objectives in life.
If we start in the beginning, it is important to make a budget for your household. Start with any program you like. Try shopping around online for different budgeting calculators. Once you find one that work for you, start making it realistic. It is easy from an outside standpoint to put everything in a box of percentages. What if your numbers do not add up? It is time to think outside the box.