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Great Budgeting Examples

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Need some budgeting examples?

When you are looking at ways to implement a family or individual budget into your household, one of the most proactive steps that you can take is to look at great budgeting examples from other sources. Because everyone has unique financial and budgetary needs, there is no real one size fits all, cookie cutter solution to budgeting. However, by exploring what great budgeting examples are out there, you can source information, techniques, tactics and resources from what other people are doing, and bring them together to create a fully customized, completely unique solution to your own budget planning system.

There are numerous different great budgeting examples out there for different purposes. Who you are and what you hope to achieve in budgeting are both vital considerations to make when creating your own budget based on great budgeting examples that you find elsewhere. The Excel method of budgeting comes highly recommended by a variety of different people, including college students that have a primary staple food of Ramen noodles filling up their cupboards and busy moms that have to track a lot of different variables as seamlessly as possible.

The first consideration that you need to make when looking at great budgeting examples and drawing from them to create your own fluid, seamless budget, is what your main intention is. Are you trying to save up some extra money for a new car, or are you just trying to have enough money to get all of the bills paid at the end of every month? If your intention is simply to “save money” with no real goal in sight, then obviously your budget is going to be a lot more lax than someone who needs to pinch every penny for a new apartment, a better car or a big cross country move. College students, new moms and other certain individuals get hit harder, because every penny really matters and this requires for them to create much stricter budgets, which you can draw resources from if you are looking for something tight.

When exploring great budget examples, keep in mind a basic idea of how strict or how lax you want your budget to be. Some budgets account for every dollar you take in and every dollar that you spend, while others only place basic requirements on you to develop spending habits for better spending. Both of these great budget examples have merit, so it is really up to you to decide which is going to best meet your individual needs, whatever they may be. If you are serious about implementing your own budget system into your life in order to save money, looking at great budgeting examples and drawing from them to create your own custom plan is a really smart idea. This way, you will have a budget that is going to work for you based on your needs, rather than forcing you to struggle with a budgeting plan that doesn’t suit your lifestyle or your individual goals.

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Originally posted 2020-12-08 05:03:40. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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8 Tips for College Student Budgets

Monday, July 6th, 2009

#4 Pace Yourself

Below are eight tips for college students about money and finances.

1. Track your Expenses

If you track your spending for a few weeks, you will be better able to figure out where your money is going. Are you spending an exorbitant amount of money on Starbucks? You may want to cut back. Most college students do not realize where their money is going until they really take the time to pay attention to their receipts at the end of the week.

2. Formulate a Plan

The best way to manage your finances over the course of a semester is simply to sit down and really take the time to map out a budget. List all of your sources of income, tracking potential income and actual income earned. Then list all of your expenses, including tuition, books, groceries, and so on. When you have a plan formulated, you can better track money coming in and going out.

3. Make Room for Good Time Money

You need to make plans to have a little bit of personal spending money for entertainment purposes, eating out or other special purchases, otherwise you can easily throw your entire budget plan out of whack. Make some room for entertainment money and just vow to stay within your budget from month to month.

4. Pace Yourself

If you spend too much money at the beginning of the semester you will run out of money before the end. Give yourself a weekly spending limit based on how much income you have, and stick to it so you don’t end up tapped out by the end of the semester.

5. Go Easy on Credit

Credit cards are nice, and useful, but only for some purchases and not all. One quick way to spend way beyond your means is to use credit in the wrong ways. Use your credit cards sparingly if you have them, otherwise you may end up hooked on charging things, which is a great way to rack up unavoidable, unnecessary debt.

6. Set a Personal Credit Line

Just because your credit card has a limit of $2,000, that does not mean you have to spend that much. Only spend what you can actually pay back. If you only have $500 to attribute to paying back a credit card, only spend that much on the card and you will be fine.

7. Be Realistic

You can do what you want to do, but you cannot necessarily do everything that you want to do. Make some choices and be prepared to make some sacrifices because doing things and buying things is going to make a dent in your wallet, but some expenses can be easier on the wallet than others and provide just as much return on investment.

8. Plan Ahead for Emergencies

If you bust your entire budget this week on something you want to do, make sure to make up for it next week. If you constantly spend your entire budget frivolously, you can end up unprepared for emergencies like auto maintenance costs, course materials, health costs and so on.

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Originally posted 2020-11-06 05:11:31. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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Loanio Roundup – Credit and P2P Lending

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Credit and P2P Lending

Welcome to the third edition of the Loanio Roundup. This edition looks at what is going on in P2P lending, the economy, and more. There are some links on college financing and a swift look at the auto industry. Browse the links below and tell us what you think. What are you most interested in hearing about? Have a good weekend!

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5 Tips for College Students on Budgets

Friday, May 1st, 2009

When you are in college, it can become easy to get caught up in your busy, stressful lifestyle. With all of the studying and working that you have to do, coupled with hanging out with your friends, working part time jobs and participating in extra activities, it can actually become extremely easy for you to forget about your finances. Unfortunately, your finances are a vital part of your life. Here are some proven tips for a college student’s budget.

Living on Ramen?

1 – Plan ahead.

You need to figure out where your cash flows are coming from by listing incomes from parents, student loans, jobs and other sources. Then you need to figure out what your monthly expenses are, including food, books, health and other activities and fees that you need to contend with. Make sure that you are making enough income to handle your expected expenses, and then allow for extra money to deal with emergencies. Once you have established a basic working budget you just need the discipline to keep to it.

2 – Save on your food.

When you were living with your parents, obviously eating was an expense you did not have to think much about. However, now that you are in college it is one area that you need to pay attention to. If you have a food allowance, use it to its fullest potential and avoid eating out because this will destroy your budget in no time. Whenever possible you should plan meals and pack your lunch.

3 – Take advantage of student discounts whenever possible.

Use your student ID and organization memberships to get discounts whenever you can. They may seem silly but they can really add up over time.

4 – Use cash whenever possible.

If you already have money on your student ID, use this first. Avoid using your credit cards or debit cards any time that you have cash. You should use plastic only in emergencies, because cash is easier to track and gives you a better idea of how much money you have. Most college students end up leaving school with higher credit card debt than before, and this can add up to years of paying off debt because of a couple of years of poor spending habits.

5 – Keep yourself as busy as possible.

Join clubs, groups and organizations in whatever field you are interested in, in order to keep yourself busy. Keeping yourself busy will help you to stay away from things that you would normally spend money on when board. You may find yourself surprised at how much money you can save over time simply by spending less on things that you do not need, and following your student budget instead. Sticking to your budget is easy when you keep your mind busy and yourself entertained.

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Originally posted 2020-12-31 05:43:35. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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4 Tips for College Students Budgets

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Study and Save Money

If you are a college student, then your primary focus is probably set on your studies and trying to maintain your education so that you will be benefited in the future. Unfortunately, one of the things that you may not be putting enough consideration into is how you are handling your money. Even more unfortunately is the fact that failing to manage your finances now can put you in a pretty deep financial hole by the time you are graduating from college. For this reason above all else it is absolutely vital that you take control of your finances now so that you can have a bright financial future when you are through with your education. Here are some tips for college student budgets and how you can avoid college financial disasters.

1 – Only use credit cards in absolute emergencies.

Once you obtain a credit card, it can seem all too easy to begin racking up some debt, but this is a terrible way to start out, and may completely destroy your credit long before you graduate. Remember that the money that you spend on credit cards will eventually need to be repaid, and if you are not financially stable enough for this, you can put yourself into some serious debt with little effort. It is better to have a credit card that is intended only for emergencies rather than using it to purchase a new pair of shoes or to buy groceries if you can help it.

2 – Pay your credit card balance off every single month.

If you have a credit card, it has an interest rate, and if you want to avoid this interest, you absolutely have to pay your credit card balance off before each month is through. If you pay your balance off every single month, then you will avoid credit card debt and save a substantial amount of money that would normally have to go to interest rates and finance charges.

3 – Pay your bills off on time, every time.

Now is the most ideal time for you to begin building your credit history, and one of the best ways to do this is to always pay your bills off on time. If you are not able to pay your bills off on time, it can become quite expensive to deal with late fees and cut off charges. Many companies are more than willing to overwhelm you with late fees, shut off charges, renewal charges and deposits if you do not pay on time, and interest rates may also rise if you are late, costing you even more money in the long run.

4 – Start putting money away now.

Many college students never really grasp how important it is to save money. If you start saving money now, while you are still in school, you can reap a large number of benefits when you are older. Get into the habit of saving now, and you will begin to earn money from the money that you put away. When emergencies come up in the future, you will be better prepared which will save you time, money and hassle in the process.

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Originally posted 2020-12-15 05:36:10. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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Tips for College Student Budgets

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

College students going for financial success.

Trying to make ends meet when you are in college is not an easy task. Your income is usually pretty limited and expenses can be high, even if you have a scholarship. If you’re trying to save money or just get by, there are some great tips for college student budgets that you can put into use right away. These tips will help make it easier to get through the month and will help you get on the right track for building a strong foundation for your financial future.

Easiest Tips for College Student Budgets –

The best tip is to reduce the amount of money that you spend on non-essentials and fast food. Cafeteria food may not be the best, but if it’s free, then it’s worth it. You may also want to consider purchasing your own food to prepare at your dorm or apartment. This can easily save you more than $50 a month, depending on how often you eat out. Part of the college experience is figuring out how to budget, and preparing your own food is the best answer. You can still eat healthily and you’ll be learning great skills for the future.

Smartest Tips for College Student Budgets –

Getting a part time job may be a little time consuming, but it can free up quite a lot of money every week. Try to find a job on campus, like at the library, where you can combine your study time with work time. This will allow you to make a little extra money without having your school work suffer. Working a lousy job is yet another important part of the college experience and will provide you with the skills and experience you need for the future. You may also want to try to find a paid intern position where you can work on contacts for after graduation.

Entertaining Tips for College Student Budgets –

Entertainment can take a huge chunk of your money, whether it’s movies, the bar, or just spending money wildly. Learn to find free things to do with your friends and try staying in at least one extra night a week. Your school work will benefit from that extra day and you’ll be saving money at the same time. If you don’t want to cut back on entertainment, find other areas where you can scrimp, or work a little extra so that you have the money to spend.

Wealthy Tips for College Student Budgets –

Every year, college students take their ideas and put them into action. Facebook.com is a great example of a simple idea that turned into a billion dollar company.  Use Loanio to obtain a loan for seed money. If you have a great idea, don’t be afraid to try to implement it. You never know if you don’t start– you may just be the next big success story.

Money is usually tight for college students, but if you utilize these tips for college student budgets, you should be able to notice a big difference in how much money you have left at the end of the month.

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Originally posted 2020-12-11 05:03:47. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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