Kattie Hill October 6, 2020 Family Budget
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.
An un-attended checkbook can cause your budget spreadsheet to reflect money that you may not have. It will give others un-monitored access to your checkbook. There is no happy end to an un-attended checkbook. If you do not understand your spending habits, and control your financial picture by the means of a home budget or budget spreadsheet. Soon, very soon, your money will be needlessly in someone else`s bank account!
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.
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.