Kimberly Steinhoff December 8, 2019 Family Budget
To avoid running out of money because expenses occur before the money actually arrives a "safety cushion" of excess cash (to cover those months when actual income is below estimations) should be implemented. There is no easy way to develop a safety cushion, so you will have to spend less you earn. Developing a cushion can be a challenging particularly when starting during a low spot in your earning cycle, although this is how most budgets begin. In general, personal and family budgets that start out with expenses that are 5% or 10% below your average income and should slowly develop a cushion of savings that can be accessed when earnings are below average. Whether this rate of building your cushion cushion is fast enough depends upon on how variable your income is, and whether the budgeting process starts at a high or low point during the earnings cycles.
More often then not when we start to speak about a home budget or budget spreadsheet, we tend to focus on the setting up and the working with the budget; as if that was all there was to running a family`s home budget; never touching on the broader and more general aspects of home budgeting that interlace to form a overall successful financial picture. The successfulness of your budget spreadsheet will be reflected in how you handle, define, and process all of your financial information. For todays discussion, we will only focus on your family`s checkbook and the effects misinformation can have your family`s home budget.
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.
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.
If you are also planning to open your own business, you will definitely need some money as capital. And as far as the needed capital is needed, you should apply for a certain loan from a lender or bank. Such institutions will be more than happy in paying more depending on the ability that you have and they will surely be interested in knowing how you are actually managing your finances. When you can prove them that you are good in managing your finances, you will definitely get an approved application.
Precautions need to be taken for budgeting on an irregular income. Budgets with irregular income should keep two things in mind: spending more than your average income, and running out of money even when your income is on average.
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