Geraldina Buccho October 15, 2020 Family Budget
Personal/ Family budgets, or spending plans, are tools that can help you meet your financial goals. The process of building a budget can help you to take a hard look at your priorities and to determine whether you are on track to reaching your financial goals. A budget is a list of expenses and income. It is the amounts of money that currently comes in and out each month/year. It is also the projected in and out amounts of each month/year.
Your home budget software should aid you in the reaching your short and long term goals in life. If it does not, than you should not be using it. Likewise, your home budget software should provide you with useful information about your future projected bank balances. Elements that contain Information such as daily bank balances, your lowest weekly bank balance, and bank balance trends over time (charts). If you are going to budget out your expenses, then those projected expenses will (over time) affect your bank balance. These elements are paramount to any successful home budget.
Why a budget is so important? It seems like creating a budget is just a tedious exercise, especially if you feel your finances are already in good working order. But you would be surprised how valuable a budget is. A budget can help keep your spending on track and uncover hidden cash flow problems that could free up more money to put toward your other financial goals. How to Create a Budget? The hardest part of creating a budget is creating one. It is like staring at a blank piece of paper when you need to write something, the first step is the hardest part.
List your income, how much and when during the month that you receive it. Then, list your recurring expenses - how much, to whom and when during the month that you pay them. Next, ballpark any other expenses you can come up with off the top of your head - things like groceries, gas, etc. and list those too. All of these steps can be done with just you and your spouse, a pad of paper and a pen or pencil. If you want to get a little fancy, a spreadsheet or simple budgeting software can help a lot.
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.
A common mistake that is definitely made when developing a budget is to include salary that may be not regular or stable. This sort of salary should in no way be added in to the budget and ought to be left as bonus revenue that will merely increase your personal savings when and if it does happen.