Skye Clemes October 7, 2020 Budget
Go through your discretionary expenses and see if there is anything you could do without - eating out once a month instead of once a week, walking to work rather than using the car every day or taking a packed lunch instead of going to the café. If your budget calculator shows that you do not appear to be able to live within your budget, do not despair - there are steps you can take.
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.
For example, I love donuts. There are several times that T have bought one or two donuts from the mini-mart when I stopped to get gas. I may only spend one dollar at each stop, but if I do this several times each week, it can add $10 or more to my food budget. Coffee might add another $10 or $20. If I did not figure this into my food budget, I would have problems. Since all of our money is supposed to be accounted for in our budget, there is no "extra" money. That means that if I do not take it from my food category, I am taking that $20 or $30 from another category. This would throw the entire budget off course.
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.
Budgeting can be difficult at times, balancing everything out so at the end of the day you are in the black. However, a little time and a little effort is all that is really needed to make sure that a budget is a success. If you are having financial difficulties and are not sure how to budget, there are a number of resources that can help you. These resources include people like financial advisors, online resources, or even books that can give you a step by step guide to making sure you stay within your means and have what you want in life.
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.