Isabel Leverrier October 6, 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.
Saving on a regular basis may seem like a mammoth undertaking and one that you could only achieve after a hefty pay rise. In fact, this is one of the common excuses that we all use to avoid building a nest-egg, but putting a little money aside each month should not be seen as a pursuit only for those with money to burn. In fact, saving can be a straight-forward process that is achievable by anybody, regardless of their monthly income and financial outgoings. All that is needed is careful planning.
There are literally many monthly budget calculators out there on the Web and they each offer a different structure and different set of categories. This has led to people getting confused as to what a good monthly budget calculator should have. In order to address this issue, this article has been written to list the most important and essential components of a great monthly budget calculator.
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.
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 proper calculator for a budget should include a slider view and input field view in order to give the user options in calculating their financial resources. Slider formats are great for making a quick calculation while minimizing the amount of typing needed. Input fields, however, are more accurate and tend to be used when exact calculations are necessary in determining a budget.