Kimberly Steinhoff December 8, 2019 Family Budget
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.
In times when everybody makes less and everything costs more, developing a family budget and committing to it is one of the best ways you can improve your financial situation and secure your family`s future. Knowing exactly how much income you have and how many expenses you have allows you to outline a road map that will help you reach your financial goals. What sort of financial goals can a family budget help you achieve? Getting out of debt, saving for retirement or for your children`s education, or saving for that vacation or boat are just a few of your options. No matter what your financial objectives, a good family budget will help you move toward them in an organized and controlled fashion.
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.
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.
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.
Without their implementation, your financial lifestyle will revolve somewhere between banquettes and begging! Your budget spreadsheet or home budget software should also provide a means of correcting deviations between projected and actual income and expenses. Unless you plan to record every little expense, then expect deviations between your project bank balance and your actual bank balance.
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