Brigitte Werfel October 9, 2020 Budget
A budget calculator found online, however, is likely to be a fairly simple tool that limits accuracy. In order to calculate finances more accurately, look for an online financial planning software that includes fields such as living expenses, other expenses for miscellaneous expenditures, as well as home mortgage payments, property taxes and more. Allowing for a few generic fields such as other monthly payments or other expenses can also be a good addition to a calculator for a monthly or annual budget.
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.
You realize the basic idea, but what if you do not fit into this category either. If your debt is far less manageable you can contact your local Consumer Credit Counseling Service or a debt consolidation company to help you get back on track. If your credit is still in good shape you may be able to get a low interest loan to consolidate debt yourself with monthly payments you can afford.
Following this, you have food expenses which also includes the food you buy when you eat out. Another category of expenses is the entertainment category which involves going out to the movies, concerts and plays. One last major category of expenses is the insurance category where you will need to pay car, home, health, disability and dental insurance. This is a category that is often left out by people doing budgets.
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.
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.