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General Budgeting Tips

by Alice C. Woodhouse
May 15, 2009
Financial experts everywhere never fail to promote the idea of a household budget when trying to uplift their situation and finally have a stable financial footing. Creating a budget helps household heads get a concise and detailed report on where all their money went through in a year, in a month, in a week and sometimes even daily. Budgeting helps you create a decisive plan to where you want to put your money and not get confused on why your cash runs out easily.

Understand the Expenses Your Making

When you're trying to make a solid monthly budget there are two kinds of expenses that you should be aware of. Fixed expenses are those you spend on month after month for a period of time. Usually you notice that these expenses are those that take up much of your income and have a fixed amount that you set apart just for that. Examples of fixed payments are auto loans, house mortgage, college loans, and regular food and utility bills. Another is the Variable expenses that aren't regular or usually are something that you can do without. This includes budgeting for entertainment like movies and dining out, budget for taking your kids out on a Sunday or maybe some cash you'd like to set aside for some indulgences you want to purchase.

Writing Daily Expenses

Writing down helps you visualize your cash flow, see what you're spending on at that particular day and what you need to do to combat overspending. The thing about daily expenses is you have to plan them out first the night before or earlier in the day to have a guide on what essentials you should be spending on. Always have a notebook that easily fits in your pocket to write your daily plan in, and make sure that it fits right in your pocket so you can easily grab for reference and for you to write in whenever you spend for something unexpected.

Food and Grocery Budget

Aside from your water and energy bills, one big necessary expense that centers on your home is providing food for your family. For most families, grocery shopping is on their weekly to-do list while some manage to stretch a bit once or twice a month but it generally depends on the number of family members in the household. Doing grocery shopping is a serious problem especially when you don't budget it properly. You could end up having buying more than necessary, or you lack several items and have to take another quick trip to the convenience store. It's important to have a list of things that are exactly what you need. It's so easy to get tempted at rows and rows of all that food items and sometimes we end up buying a lot of things we don't really need in our kitchen. Another tip is to be very conscious about tracking your grocery expenses through keeping the receipt and writing it down on your budget sheet, so you can compare your planned expenses an actual expenses side by side.

Always, always do your budget plans. It doesn't matter if it's weekly or monthly, but as long as it sets a realistic plan that you can honestly follow. Maintain your plans and prudent budgeting so you will stop overspending and you can see where your hard-earned money goes. If you find that there are a lot of payments to make and so very little money to put into all of them, there are two things you can do: One is to make more money, that is to get some supplementary source of income to be able to meet the demands of your expenses, and two, is to spend less, meaning to forgo your variable expenses.

Remember that you're taking a really solid step in insuring your financial footing and it's not going to be easy. Be in control of your spending, and persevere in following through with a desirable budget for your household!


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