Skye Clemes October 7, 2020 Budget
Adjust your Budget: Firstly your mortgage - you have several options here. You could increase the term of your mortgage, making your monthly payments lower. You could take a further advance and use the money to pay off your much more expensive credit cards - it is important to get rid of your most expensive debts first. Next check that you are with the cheapest suppliers for gas, electric, telephone and internet - it is not much trouble to switch and you could save a lot of money.
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.
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.
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.
There are always going to be unexpected bills, if your car breaks down or pet needs to be taken to the vet. These are problematic to accurately account for so it might be easier to set aside a contingency amount each month for unplanned expenses. Next step in the budget is to list all of your income. Look at recent payslips to get an accurate figure for wages and remember to include any benefits you receive, such as Child Tax Credit.
Monitoring spending is helpful. This may seem to be a little bit tedious to do, but the results will really help get you on track financially. You accomplish two things by monitoring your spending habits. First, you will be able to confirm that your budget is accurate. If your budget calculations are off, then it will not be easy to stick with. Remember, a budget is not meant to be a constraint. You want to have a budget that reflects your actual spending habits. Second, you will be able to see some of your own common mistakes. Soon, you will see how little purchases can add up.