Sylvia Brown December 2, 2019 Family Budget
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 question now is how could families manage the family financial in a time like this and avoid falling into future quagmire because of squandering future family money. Families were lured into spending frenzies by Shylock soft loan lenders that hid under ostentatious good dealers to dish out the loan with well hidden fine prints that tend to hang the unsuspecting families who as a result spend beyond their family budgets and or even personal budgets. In the process many families with children have lost their family home. Though, spendthrift families are also not innocent as quite a few of them never built nor used family plans and family budgets. Some never even sought family help when they became aware of their circumstance in their family financial.
A great exercise to start of your financial budget project is to ask each member of the family to make a list of ten relevant points (for example) regarding their financial needs, expectations, goals and visions. Add a second part to that list that shows their usual expenses. When everyone is finished with his or her individual list - discuss each point of each list together. Identify which items that are normally purchased during the course of the month - that can be eliminated without hardship, in order to save extra money from the monthly income. By doing this together, your family is participating and can see their contributions will help to make the family finances better.
People usually feel that it is a must to make the most out of every single thing and this is very much applicable even to using the budget template. While there are free budget templates, there are also a lot of other paid budget templates that come with great features, although in this aspect, less is sometimes more.
A budget needs to estimate your average (yearly) income. Spending, which will be relatively constant, needs to be maintained below that amount. A budget should allow for error and so keeping expenses 5% or 10% below the estimated income is a conservative approach. When done correctly, your budget should end any given year with about 5% of their income left over. Of course being conservative and having more than 5% is never a bad idea.
Searching the internet for budget software or templates can be another good idea, or, if you feel sufficiently comfortable, you will be able to create your own in Excel. Nonetheless, by carrying out a search, you will be able to find several detailed worksheets for free that will help you to plan your budget more easily.