Angelina Marchesi September 7, 2020 Family Budget
Budgeting does not need to be complicated. You do not need a master`s in accounting. You do not even need a computer. Pen and paper will do. A good family budget performs the following functions: - Keeps your checking account in the positive - Helps you get out of debt - Helps you save money for the future - Helps you spend your money on what is most important to your family There is not much else to it. As long as your family budget meets the above criteria, you have accomplished a lot.
Tips for Budgeting Success. Once you have taken the time to create a budget its time to follow it. You can have the best of intentions of following a budget, but after a few weeks or months you drift away from your plan. Do not let that happen to you. Here are a few basic tips that will ensure your budget is a success.
Engage your immediate family - spouse and children into the budget project. If you are single then perhaps you`d like to involve your Mom, Dad or a trusted friend - this is to engage you with 100% of your attention on the project as it can be easy to laps back into old habits when doing this kind of thing on your own. With your spouse and children, make your financial budget project into a joint venture, with everyone participating.
Basic Budget Worksheet. If you are having difficulty coming up with all of the various expense categories for your budget, here are a few links with sample budget templates: (Mint.com brings all your financial accounts together online or on your mobile device, automatically categorizes your transactions, lets you set budgets and helps you achieve your savings goals) (Vertex42) (Microsoft )
First, you must balance your checkbook. You can either use software, or pen and paper to accomplish this task. Now, if the concept of balancing a checkbook eludes you, just search the internet on how to balance your checkbook. And, as you balance your checkbook, you should pay particular attention to missed transactions, bad math, or any unexpected transactions. I remember that on one occasion I had recorded an unexpected deposit as a withdraw in my checkbook register. So, to my chagrin, my $150.00 deposit became on paper, a $300.00 withdraw.
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.