Kimberly Steinhoff December 9, 2019 Family 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.
Checkbook registers come in many sizes, shapes, and colors; yet, for all of their physical diversities, their only function is to provide information about your bank account. And since you are basing your lifestyle on the amount of funds in your bank account; it would behoove you to have an accurate account. Remember, you are the first line of defense against potential problems that can arise from having misinformation. Of course, you can be like our friend above who waited and had his card returned, deflated and useless only then to realize that there is a serious problem.
The question now is how could families manage the family financial in a time like this and avoid falling into future quagmire because of squandering future family money. Families were lured into spending frenzies by Shylock soft loan lenders that hid under ostentatious good dealers to dish out the loan with well hidden fine prints that tend to hang the unsuspecting families who as a result spend beyond their family budgets and or even personal budgets. In the process many families with children have lost their family home. Though, spendthrift families are also not innocent as quite a few of them never built nor used family plans and family budgets. Some never even sought family help when they became aware of their circumstance in their family financial.
That is it - you have now created a rudimentary budget. If you are in the negative you know you have got a problem. If you are in the positive, you are either doing really well or you have forgotten something. Keep working on your master list until you are comfortable with it. Checking your budget against your online or paper bank statement can be very helpful in finding things you have forgotten.
Together with a little bit of self-control and help from a few tried and true budgeting procedures you shall be able to ensure that your household budget is rapidly brought under your own control. Not just will this make you feel much more secure financially but it will also assist you to save more money for those genuinely essential things that you may want to obtain.