No matter how little or how much money you earn, creating a monthly budget is one of the most important aspects of managing your finances. What gets measured gets managed.
Having a budget doesn't stop you from spending money the way you want it to, but works like a partner to track your spending and allocating resources to help you reach your financial goals.
The Envelope system is a way to track your variable expenses like food, entertainment, and drinks.
This method, preferably used weekly, allocates a certain amount in each category in labeled envelopes (food, drinks, movies, etc.). Once the envelope is empty, you are done spending in that category.
The principles that make a good budget, something you can stick to:
Follow these simple steps and start Budgeting:
It breaks down your budget categories into three broad segments:
If there is heavy credit-card debt, the financial goals should be 30% and non-essential spendings only 20%.
Scheduling your payments (online or through your financial institution’s bill pay feature) decreases the likelihood of blowing your budget.
Despite the fact that funds will be sitting into your account until the date they are due to be withdrawn, you’ll know the money is off limits for casual spending.
Budget for the life you have. When you’re going through your budget and assigning spending categories, be realistic.
Don’t tell yourself you’ll never buy a single discretionary item, because you’re setting yourself up for failure. Give yourself some breathing room.
Budgets are necessary for running any business efficiently and effectively.