Isabel Leverrier October 16, 2020 Budget
In the first instance, make a note of everything you spend - big and small - each day for a whole month. The first thing you wll notice is how all the little things actually add up to quite a lot over the course of a month. For example, it is estimated that the average worker will spend around £5 a day buying their lunch. And even taking into account weekends and holidays, that is an excessive amount of money every year on unnecessary lunchtime treats. By bringing in homemade lunches everyday it is possible to make considerable savings for a modest effort.
Which Budget Calculator? When you have got your paperwork to hand it is time to find a budget calculator. There are loads of budget calculators on the internet - have a look at a few and see if there is one suitable for your needs. If you ca not find one that looks right for you, you could set up a personalised one on a spreadsheet. Go through your bank statements and make a list of all your monthly, quarterly and annual bills. Then add one third of the quarterly and one twelfth of the annual bills to your monthly column. Next list all your monthly income in the same way. Transfer the information to your chosen budget calculator and see where your money is going.
Every financial professional`s suggestions in regards to budgeting seem so simple. Five percent to savings, thirty-five percent to housing expenses, ten percent for food...tell me honestly, am I supposed to put all my cash in individual envelopes and label them with their assigned debt? Let`s get real here. Debt is an overpowering epidemic in America. It is growing every year. I think its time that someone actually made sense out of it all.
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.
Even with slider and input field view options, a series of numbers can be difficult to make sense of. Look for a budget calculator that gives a pie chart for annual expenses in order to understand where your money is going. A graphical image can give users a good sense of how to construct a monthly or annual budget. Consider finding financial planning software that includes a calculator for your budget in order to make the most of your hard earned cash.
What I like to do now with this information is use it for the start of my budget. Now that you know where you are spending your money, you can develop some financial goals. Do you want to get out of debt? Do you want to save for a wonderful vacation? Do you want to save more for your retirement?