Kimberly Steinhoff December 6, 2019 FamilyBudget
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!).
In times when everybody makes less and everything costs more, developing a family budget and committing to it is one of the best ways you can improve your financial situation and secure your family`s future. Knowing exactly how much income you have and how many expenses you have allows you to outline a road map that will help you reach your financial goals. What sort of financial goals can a family budget help you achieve? Getting out of debt, saving for retirement or for your children`s education, or saving for that vacation or boat are just a few of your options. No matter what your financial objectives, a good family budget will help you move toward them in an organized and controlled fashion.
Tips for Budgeting Success. Once you have taken the time to create a budget its time to follow it. You can have the best of intentions of following a budget, but after a few weeks or months you drift away from your plan. Do not let that happen to you. Here are a few basic tips that will ensure your budget is a success.
Overspending Breaks Your Budget. The main reason to create a budget is to keep your finances under control by keeping track of how much money you are spending and where you are spending it. When you stray from your budget it is usually because your spending too much money somewhere you know you shouldn`t. But if you have a budget that tells you exactly how much you are supposed to spend, then you do not have an excuse to overspend, right? There are a number of reasons why we overspend, so when you understand what causes overspending, you are more conscious and can put a stop to overspending and keep your budget on track.
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.
Basic Budget Worksheet. If you are having difficulty coming up with all of the various expense categories for your budget, here are a few links with sample budget templates: (Mint.com brings all your financial accounts together online or on your mobile device, automatically categorizes your transactions, lets you set budgets and helps you achieve your savings goals) (Vertex42) (Microsoft )