Kimberly Steinhoff October 11, 2020 Family Budget
Your budget spreadsheet or home budget software should have a user-friendly interface. It should be flexibly and easy to understand in its operation. You should not need a degree in programming in order to use or understand it. Likewise, its working environment should be designed with you, the consumer in mind. You should not have to struggle to navigate from one section of your home budget to another. The screen`s layout should be easy to understand. Some programmers believe that more is better; and so to that end they have fatten up ever screen with excessive graphics and/or text that contains little or no useful information. Your home budget software will become an integrate part of the lives of your family. The using of it should not stress you out! If you want stress... have children!
Q: What if I make my budget, and the expenses are way above my current income? A: First, it is good that you made it, because you now realize you have a problem. Secondly, you will want to decide whether there are expenses you can eliminate. For instance, if the entertainment section is $20 a week, can you cut it back to $10? What other categories can you reduce? Finally, you may need to work more hours or get a second job to make ends meet.
So how exactly does one create a budget? There are many ways, but the best, fastest, and easiest way to make a budget is to buy a good family budget software program. A large number of families fail to make a budget simply because they feel that the concept of budgeting is too hard, however, this could be further from the truth with good software.
Once your checkbook is balanced, you should take a moment to look at the wealth of information contained therein. What? What is this wealth of information you are talking about? Try looking at your checkbook as a snap shot of your spending habits over time. By looking at what you purchase, where you go to purchase it, and how frequently you travel there to purchase it; it will soon be clear to your brain that all of those little trips to the store sure do add up! Look at all the gas you are using, and the wear and tear you are putting on your vehicle. Since you are spending the money already, you might as well purchase the items once a week and not on an everyday basis. Likewise, since you already know the items that you purchase on a daily basis, you might consider buying them in bulk (only if bulk means costing less!).
During the family discussion take notes - this is an important discussion and your notes will help to develop your joint family budget. It is important that family members collectively do their part in both understanding the financial situation your family is experiencing as well as understanding that the family as a whole is better equipped to find the solution when working together in the same direction.
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.