Most people know they need to watch their spending. Like dieting and eating less, spending less is easier if you have a plan. It’s called a budget. And using one can help save you money and make life easier.
5 Reasons to Budget
- You identify the difference between true necessities and wasteful spending.
- You gain control over buying and reckless use of credit.
- You can apply the savings to an emergency or retirement fund.
- You begin to focus on your future financial security.
- You can ease stress and worry over making ends meet financially.
STEP 1: Pull your numbers together. Collect the paperwork related to your monthly expenses: credit card and bank statements, check register, and all your fixed bills, such as loan payments, insurance, utilities, tuition, child support and automatic retirement deposits.
STEP 2: Do the math. List all of your income and expenses using the worksheet below. Don’t include income that you’re not sure to receive, such as year–end bonuses or tax refunds.
STEP 3: Determine your debt. Does your budget worksheet show your spending consistently exceeds your income? If so, your No. 1 goal is to cut spending quickly before your debt causes a serious money shortfall. Use the Budget Worksheet to calculate how much you can save and how long it will take after meeting obligations each month.
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