Isabel Leverrier October 16, 2020 Budget
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?
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.
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.
If you are having trouble paying your bills then you need to start a budget. If you are turning to your credit cards to make it to the end of the month then you need to start a budget. Even if you are not in trouble with your bills, a budget will help you find areas where you are wasting money. A home budget calculator helps ease the complexity of developing and keeping a home budget.
Food expenses should average about $150 monthly per person. This is the total amount including grabbing a bite to eat at the local restaurant. Look for sales at the supermarket and cook at home more often. Frozen and gourmet prepared foods are more expensive than home cooking. Break out the recipe book; your family may just thank you for it.
The pertinent question would be where to find these financial planners. The Internet offers a vast resource to search for a financial planner suited for your needs. Financial planners vary in line with which debt management requirements. There are calculators tailored to help individuals track their credit card payoffs, student loan payments, home expenditures, compound interests and personal debt consolidations. When searching for a financial planner look for one structured to help you calculate your expenditure requirements.