Angelina Marchesi September 7, 2020 Family Budget
Sitting at your favorite restaurant hand-in-hand with your special someone with a steady stream of culinary delights wafting by, lights down low, and the occasional whispering of what might be violin music from somewhere in the establishment. What was to be the beginning of a night to remember in one sense of the word is now, instantly transformed into a night you would more likely want to forget by the look of distain engraved, as if on granite, worn by the face of your returning waitress; your credit card did not go through!
A budget spreadsheet is one of the necessary tools you should have.It is equally as important as your calculator,in order for your budget planning to be successful. We all know that starting to budget your finances is a little difficult, especially if you are very much used to spending quite recklessly in the past. So for you to be sure that your plan of finally having complete control over all your finances to be effective and successful, then you should take the necessary steps of making a spreadsheet for your budget.
List your income, how much and when during the month that you receive it. Then, list your recurring expenses - how much, to whom and when during the month that you pay them. Next, ballpark any other expenses you can come up with off the top of your head - things like groceries, gas, etc. and list those too. All of these steps can be done with just you and your spouse, a pad of paper and a pen or pencil. If you want to get a little fancy, a spreadsheet or simple budgeting software can help a lot.
How do you create an effective family budget? First of all, avoid convoluted software programs that want you to devote an entire weekend to categorizing, analyzing, and so on for the sake of creating the perfect budget. Perfectionism, when it comes to budgeting, is a huge waste of time. Reality has a funny way of sometimes not giving a damn about what you have gotten written down in your budget. So, relax and just give it your best shot.
The budgeting process is designed to be flexible; and you should have an expectation that a budget will change from month to month, and will require ongoing monthly review. Expense overruns in one category of a budget should in the next month be accounted for or prevented. For example, if you or your family spends $50 more than planned on groceries, next month`s budget should reflect a$50 increase and decreases of $50 in other parts of their budget.
Be open and honest about the family`s financial dilemma and discuss your expectations, goals and visions for the near and distant future. If your children are old enough to understand the concept of money, they can be of great constructive help and will also learn from this exercise. When each family member is involved in the budget project - particularly teens, it saves a great deal of energy when having to make excuses to them of why they ca not buy this or have that. Informing them of what is going on will help to avoid future arguments and any counterproductive actions on their part that could end up making the situation worse.