Kimberly Steinhoff December 4, 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.
Keep your home budget or budget spreadsheet from floundering. Gain the benefits of understanding what your spending habits are. Please, do not forget that you are the first line of defense against misinformation! No one tries to drive their vehicle with their eyes closed because they know that they will soon disassemble their vehicle by the means of a tree. In the same sense, that is how it is for those who close their eyes to their home budget spreadsheet; soon they too have undone all of their dreams in life.
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.
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.