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Traditional Budgeting is Up In Smoke

Traditional Budgeting is Up In Smoke

A person who has a conscious spending plan is all about having positive spending habits and not banning yourself from spending altogether.

If you've ever tried to put yourself on a budget and fail to stick to it every couple of months so, then you should definitely switch to something else. Traditional budgeting fails because they are unsustainable, focuses entirely on needs and ignores wants, and keeps you stuck on a cycle of looking backward.

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Conscious Spending Plan

There are three steps to creating a conscious spending plan.

  1. Categorize your current spending
  2. Set up an automated system
  3. Keep track of your spending

Budgeting is about knowing that you're about to spend on something that matters to you. It shouldn't deprive you of having fun altogether.

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Categorizing Your Current Spending

Categorizing Your Current Spending

It's important to have an overview of your money and where it's being spent. It's possible to fit your expenses into these four categories:

  • Fixed Costs (Rent, Bills, Loans)
  • Important Investments (401k, Roth IRA)
  • Financial Goals (Home Payments, Vacation Fund)
  • Guilt-free Expenses (Dining out, Happy hour)

When you break down your current spending even further, you will be able to keep yourself sustained with this method because it doesn't take away the fun.

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Automated System for Fewer Worries

Automated System for Fewer Worries

Since you now have an idea where your money goes and how much goes out of your account, it's good if you set up an automated system because you won't have to worry about your checking account not having any money in it when you direly need it.

As long as it works for you, then you're on the right track.

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Keep Track of Your Spending

Keep Track of Your Spending

Whether it may be through a spreadsheet, an app, or a small notebook, tracking your spending is a surefire way of making sure you stay within the parameters of your spending plan.

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"Many people are in the dark when it comes to money, and I'm going to turn on the lights. " ~ Suze Orman

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