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It's Time to Live on a Budget, Even if You're Financially Secure

The next thirty days of saving

If you're unsure what you should be doing with your money right now, cut expenses and save every bit of money for the next 30 days. Then, reevaluate.

  • Did you trim as much as you could've?
  • Did you purchase anything you regret?
  • Did you fail to purchase something you should have?
  • How did your budget affect your overall quality of life?

Continue to budget, reflect, and repeat while saving as much as possible.

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It's Time to Live on a Budget, Even if You're Financially Secure

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Preparing financially for the future

With the perspective of an economic crisis in 2020, some of us already have to rethink our spending habits to make ends meet. Others may feel more financially secure. But when recessions come, they tend to come for everyone.

We have to start reevaluating our budgets, and possibly start saving as much as we can.

How to treat your income

Whatever income you are earning right now should be treated like it’s temporary.

Treat your current income as if it might need to stretch for as long as possible. It doesn't mean you need to cut back on everything, but you might need to consider cutting some of your expenses so that you can put more money into savings.

Saving versus spending

Saving money now is worth more than spending money later. This advice applies to any budget item that you could spend less on now.

Even if it is a really great deal, remind yourself that cash in hand now is worth more than an unnecessary purchase.

The next thirty days of saving

If you're unsure what you should be doing with your money right now, cut expenses and save every bit of money for the next 30 days. Then, reevaluate.

  • Did you trim as much as you could've?
  • Did you purchase anything you regret?
  • Did you fail to purchase something you should have?
  • How did your budget affect your overall quality of life?

Continue to budget, reflect, and repeat while saving as much as possible.

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What a Budget Does

As a personal financial planning tool, a written, monthly budget allows you to plan for how you'll spend and/or save your money each month and also keep track of your spending patterns.

Make a Budget in 6 Simple Steps
  1. Gather every financial statement you can (bank statements, investment accounts, recent utility bills).
  2. Record all of your sources of income.
  3. Create a list of monthly expenses.
  4. Break expenses into 2 categories: fixed and variable.
  5. Total your monthly income and monthly expenses.
  6. Make adjustments to expenses: If you have accurately identified and listed all of your expenses, the ultimate goal would be to have your income and expense columns to be equal.
The cash flow formula
The cash flow formula

The word "budget" is often synonymous with restricted and rigid, making you want to avoid it. Instead, use the term "cash flow."

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Decide how strict you need to be with y our money

Your budgeting style will change over your lifetime. You may use the envelope method when you need to be stricter with yourself.

Some people feel less stressed when they use budgeting styles that track every penny. Others find it is enough to run cash flow and know there's some money left each month for nonessentials. They don't need to itemize where every dollar is spent. See what style of budgeting support your goals and sanity, then adjust as needed.

Know when to stop trimming

Much personal finance advice focuses on making cuts. The information is useful when you're trying to avoid mindless spending. However, there is a time to shift your focus from slashing to earning.

Polish your resume, and apply for open roles that could be earning more. If you're not looking for a career move, a side hustle can help increase your income.

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A Monthly Budget For Your Money

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.

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The Envelope System

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.

How to Create a Good Budget

The principles that make a good budget, something you can stick to:

  • Being Realistic: Being too strict is a recipe for failure.
  • Making Adjustments: A budget is not set in stone, but a fluid thing.
  • A Team Sport: If you live with a partner or spouse, you have to agree mutually on how to budget the financials.
  • Expect the Unexpected: Keep an emergency fund, ideally 3-6 months of necessary expenses.
  • Budgeting the Expected: Certain upcoming expenses need to be budgeted in advance, like property tax, holiday shopping, etc.

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Budgeting = creating a plan to spend your money

Budgeting is simply balancing your expenses with your income.

It's a plan for the coordination of resources and expenditures. When you budget your money, there’s a desir...

How to create a budget
  1. Gather Some Financial Information: gather a detailed list of your income and expenses.
  2. Select a Budgeting Method: figure out how you’ll budget your money to meet your most pressing financial goals.
  3. Create Your Budget: tally up all your expenses and income to see where you stand and allocate expenses.
  4. Execute Your Plan: you can use a notebook, pen and paper, a spreadsheet or an online software.
  5. Reward Yourself: you can work a small percentage into your budget to treat yourself each month.
The 70:20:10 budgeting method

This method suggests that you allocate 70 percent of your income to expenses, 20 percent to savings, and the remaining 10 percent to debt.

70:20:10 may work for someone with a healthy emergency fund and minimal debt.

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Financial Independence
Financial Independence

Financial independence implies not having to worry about money anymore, but rather focus on what you want to do, in your free time and your passions.

However, being financi...

Become financial independent

In order to attain financial independence, consider some of the below steps:

  • invest your money into different projects, stocks. activities: diversification is sometimes the safest key to success
  • do your research thoroughly before investing your money anywhere, to avoid unpleasant surprises
  • increase your income by finding side hustle or getting engaged in new projects
  • manage your income by cutting down unnecessary expenses
  • invest in real estate: rent or resell properties.
Attain financial independence earlier than later

In order to feel less stressed about your expenses, start doing the research on how to achieve financial independence now.

It will save you a lot of frustration that might emerge due to work while also making you feel more satisfied with your own life.

Making the right choice

Handling difficult situations requires taking appropriate measures. When one has issues with the money, there are only two possible scenarios: cutting back on expenses or growing your income.

Managing personal finance

When faced with a challenging situation, as in not having enough money, try to ask yourself which one of the following two you cherish more: time or money. 

Depending on the answer, you will be able to make the appropriate decision: whether to take on a side hustle or cut back on your expenses.

The Investor

People who invest are those who love the risk, trade frequently and have enough confidence to think they will beat the market.

A 2011 study found out that most investors u...

The Big Spender

The Big Spenders like to make social statements by having the latest car, clothes, or phones. They use the money for love and attention and are the main representatives of consumerism.

Advice: Think twice before making a purchase and try to filter the things that you really need from those bought by reflex.

The Ostrich

The Ostrich is someone who would rather bury their heads in the sand than organize their finances. 

Advice: Ostriches should try to take slowly their heads out of the sand. They should try to examine their finances, take a close look at a better saving rate and consider approaching a financial planner.

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Side Hustle to Make More Money

You don't have to sacrifice all of your free time to start a side hustle, use the time you’re comfortable with and make a little bit of progress every day. 

Take Action

Get to working on improving your finances today, not tomorrow. Reading the steps and thinking you’re capable of doing it but postponing it is just an excuse, an unprofitable one.

Communicate With Your Partner

Talking about your financial goals, and scheduling time once a month to go over your finances together can prevent money from affecting your relationship.

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When budgeting comes in handy
  • You have no idea where your money is going.
  • You’re chronically overspending.
  • You’re not saving any money.
  • You struggle to afford the things you really want.
  • You...