Isabel Leverrier October 16, 2020 Budget
It is understandable that with today`s busy schedules and the high demands placed on the working family that the last thing you want to do after a long day is to work on your budget. Unfortunately money problems do not go away by themselves. Either deal with them head on and find a way to work through them or they will catch up with you.
To make this exercise easier, ask for receipts for each purchase you make. In the interim, we should keep our receipts in envelopes labeled for each budget category. Then, take time at least once each week to review those receipts and tabulate the totals for each category. After two or three months, you have much more information to work with and are better able to find trends in your spending habits. Then, it will be easier to make the necessary adjustments so that your budget accurately reflects your spending lifestyle.
When considering housing expenses, you may be over your limit. An average target is 35%. If you own your home, you ca not just sell it and move back with Mom and Dad to save money and refinancing may cost you more in closing costs than you are actually saving. If you need a little extra in one part take it from another. Reduce some of your more flexible expenses like a cell phone bill or clothing costs. Find a less expensive plan and shop the sales at the department stores.
There are literally many monthly budget calculators out there on the Web and they each offer a different structure and different set of categories. This has led to people getting confused as to what a good monthly budget calculator should have. In order to address this issue, this article has been written to list the most important and essential components of a great monthly budget calculator.
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.
Beware of small, impulse purchases. Small and impulsive purchases like this are usually the reason that our money does not make it through the month. Lots of little purchases can end of eating away a significant chunk of our monthly income because we do not really see it happening. The money disappears a little at a time, so it does not hurt until we look at the big picture. Another good example of this happening is buying lunch every day at work. If we run out and get fast food every day, that can be $5 a day, $25 a week, and $100 a month. If two spouses are doing this, it adds another $200 a month to the food budget.