Setting and Maintaining a Budget.

by Marissa on February 20, 2012

 

In today’s times it can be increasingly difficult in maintaining a budget you set. Prices are increasing at an alarming rate on almost everything we purchase and frequently. This is why it is more important than ever to create a budget to follow and maintain that budget so we are not fully decreasing our finances. Throughout this article we will explain to you how to set a budget and actually be able to stick with it.

 

One of the ways to look at a budget is that it is a necessary evil, we don’t like having one, but we must have one to survive and not become broke. A budget is the best and only way to get a handle on your spending and have it be used how you actually want it to be.

 

In order to create a budget you must follow a few steps completely.

  1. Figure out exactly how you are spending your money now
  2. Take a look over your current spending trend and set realistic goals that will also take into account long term financial goals.
  3. Find a good software program for budgeting that you understand how to use. Don’t go too fancy, the simple programs can help you greatly.

 

Once you have taken the first few steps in creating a budget there are a few other things you may want to consider. First because you will be constantly monitoring your spending habits, it is important not to drive yourself crazy with watching where money is coming and going. Take a look over how many times you are hitting up the ATM. The ATM generates and added fee that can end up adding up.

 

Now it’s time to review more of your spending habits

Maybe not the funniest part of a budget, but you really need to address your spending habits. If you find that you are going over more than your income covers, then chances are you are spending some on luxuries, rather than necessities. Take a look over what you really need versus what you can actually live without, and try eliminating the unnecessary luxuries in your life.

 

Tithing

One of the least talked about aspects in setting up a budget. Try tithing yourself to help save money. Set a goal to spend no more than 90% of your income, this way you can put 10% of your own income in savings to save up for future purchases or emergencies.

 

Last but not least, set realistic budgeting goals

Don’t expect yourself to start off with unrealistic expectations. It’s just not that simple with budgeting. It is important to learn how to set realistic goals for yourself and cut corners where you can cut them. Don’t try to strip yourself of all your entertainment as well, just keep it simple and affordable. Knowing where you stand financially is a gift. It allows for all sorts of great things to happen, such as buying a property off the plan (or in the pre-sale stages) and getting a discount.

 

Having a budget can help many people drastically in the end. However it is always not so easy and simple to stick to in the beginning  but in time with determination and motivation you can have a realistic budget that works for you and your family.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy Torres February 20, 2012 at 2:18 am

Good read on savings.

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Daniel Simmons February 21, 2012 at 8:34 am

Great work on the article about saving.

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William Jones February 22, 2012 at 6:29 am

This was a good article on debt. I'm going to show my friends.

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Gregory Bailey February 23, 2012 at 4:33 am

Well written and a great article about savings.

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Brian Lewis February 24, 2012 at 1:59 am

That was a great article cabouting finance. I know much more about the topic now.

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Edward Rivera February 25, 2012 at 5:08 am

I couldn't have said it better. Excellent post on credit.

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Richard Walker February 26, 2012 at 6:45 am

That's a quality article on debt.

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Matthew Jackson February 27, 2012 at 6:56 am

The article on saving was very good.

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Matthew Perez February 28, 2012 at 9:57 am

Nice read about savings. Fantastic work and comprehensive too.

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Joseph Flores February 29, 2012 at 3:21 am

Excellent work with the article about debt. It was worth the couple minutes for reading it.

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Michelle Jenkins March 1, 2012 at 8:24 am

Excellent work on the personal finance article.

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Linda Davis March 2, 2012 at 6:22 am

Pretty great read on personal finance. Nice work!

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Joe Davis March 3, 2012 at 11:00 am

Nice work on the article about saving. I'll email it to my friends!

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Shirley Bryant March 4, 2012 at 6:39 am

Fantastic work regarding the article on credit.

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Jarrod June 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Another thing that you can do is write down your expenses and spend all your money on paper before it ever leaves your wallet. Next thing is when ever possible, use cash. 1 – you tend to spend less and 2 – you can get some great deals when that green paper shows up in your hand.

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