Isabel Leverrier October 6, 2020 Budget
Food shopping - always make a list, it is too easy to pick up things you do not really need. Consider buying different brands if they are cheaper, instead of just picking up the one you always get. You will find that fruit and vegetables are generally cheaper from a market or a greengrocer - and you have the added advantage of only buying what you want (instead of a pack of three lettuces for instance). Hope this has helped with your budget calculations.
Determining your financial health can be quite difficult if you have no idea how much money you make or how much money you spend on a monthly basis. In fact many people have no idea what their current financial status is because they live pay check to pay check. This is where the budget calculator can be a great help, simply because it allows you to take back control of your finances by actually seeing how your money flows.
The financial planner will help you to determine which payments require regular payments and to build up reserves for unexpected payments. The regular payments include; rent payments, grocery purchases, tuition payments, credit card bills and general upkeep expenditures. It is wise to note that everyone has varied financial needs, and you should, therefore, structure your budget to include all your personal expenditures. Hospital bills are one of the payments which are unexpected because people do not plan to fall ill. Once you have calculated your regular expenditure, you can create a reserve amount to cater for unforeseen payment requirements.
A budget tends to have different headings for various kinds of income and spending, against which you can note down your own figures. Monthly outgoings are a good starting point for any budding budget planners. Begin by making a record of exactly what you spend money on each month. If you cannot remember all outgoings off the top of your head then take a look at recent bank statements and look for regular payments such as gas, electricity, telephone, rent and council tax. If you have any direct debits or standing orders do not forget to include these.
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.
It can be easy to become accustomed to a certain way of life and assume that to spend any less money would mean having to make major sacrifices, hence making life less enjoyable. But through carefully monitoring exactly how much is spent each month - from the little things such as your lunch and travel budget, to the bigger things such as the mortgage and bills - it is then possible to start making some fundamental changes that can free-up a regular contribution to your savings balance, without having a significant impact on your daily life.