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4 Things You May Not Know About Budgeting

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Budget your finances.

While most of us understand the basic concept of having a budget and sticking to it, there are many misconceptions about budgeting that keep people from implementing one. Let’s address the most common things that you may not know about budgeting.

1. It’s not that difficult.

The prospect of frugality frightens many people and we instantly think that we’re going to be deprived and that it will be difficult to keep to our budget. Often, this leads to abandoning the idea all together. However, your budget doesn’t have to be terribly strict, or hard to follow. You can even budget in certain items to ensure that you don’t feel deprived. Here’s a quick tip: Allow yourself a little wiggle room at the end of the month to treat yourself to something special. This is a great incentive that can help you stick to your budget each month.

2. You can’t spend more than you earn.

This is a major problem for thousands of people and many may not even realize that they are doing it. The bottom line is – if you spend more than you earn you’re going to find yourself in deep financial trouble. A budget can help bring you in line and assist you in realizing just how much you make and how much is going out the door every month. Once you get a better idea of how much you really spend, your budget can be very beneficial in keeping you financially solvent.

3. Budgets are not hard to work up.

Although many are under the impression that working up a budget requires special software or templates, in actuality, you can do it with a pen and a piece of paper. The first step towards setting a budget is writing down how much you make every month. Then, catalog how much you want to spend. You may find it helpful to keep a log of all of your expenses for one month to get a better idea of what areas need to be addressed in your budget. Don’t let the prospect of setting up a budget intimidate you. Anyone can do it, and you don’t need special tools.

4. Your budget doesn’t have to be the same every month.

As you get your finances in order, chances are you’re going to be able to free up some extra cash each month. Our bills aren’t always the same and your budget shouldn’t be either. Taking the time to customize your budget every month will help you get a better idea of what you’re looking at and you’ll be able to plan ahead.

Budgeting is not difficult, and really only takes a few minutes of your time every month. For many, it’s the part about sticking to a budget that is the hardest to accomplish. However, you can train yourself and once you do get into the habit of using a budget, chances are you’ll find it easier each month.

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Originally posted 2020-12-12 05:03:51. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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Teach Your Teen About Saving Money

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

One of the biggest reasons why having a teenage child can be difficult is because teenagers tend to spend money easily and freely without any real regard for what goes into earning that money in the first place. Teenagers tend to spend a great deal of money on clothes, shoes, toys, video games, computer stuff, without ever really buying anything that they need. One of your biggest jobs as a parent is to teach them how to save their money.

First of all, you should teach your teenager how to save money by opening them up a bank account. When they have their own bank account, they will have a paper transcription of how and where they spend their money. Deposit their allowance directly into the bank account, and explain to them that once the money is gone for the month, it’s gone. This will teach your teens to be more savvy when saving money because they will have a better idea of how much goes in and how much comes out, and will learn to better track their expenditures accordingly if they know that the money will eventually run out if they are not careful.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.

Another consideration that you need to make when it comes to teens saving money is a really valuable quote that applies to many situations including this one: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” What this quote means is that giving your teenager an allowance, or money for the movies, or for any other reason, they will use that money and then it will be gone. If on the other hand you teach your teens how to handle their money and save their money, it will prepare them for a lifetime of financial fitness, which is the most ideal situation. By teaching your teen how to earn and save money, how to invest, and so on, you are preparing them for a lifetime of intelligent financial decisions. This may not prevent them from making poor decisions in the future, but it will better prepare them for what life throws at them as they get older.

You absolutely must be able to teach your teenage children how to handle their money. Once they understand what goes into making or earning the money, saving the money and investing the money, they will spend their money more wisely in the future. Teach your children how to invest, and how to get the most out of their money, and you will find them being excited about saving their money rather than spending it frivolously. If you want your teens to be savvy when it comes to saving and investing their hard earned money, you have to teach them the value of that money and what can be done with it besides buying designer jeans, ring tones and other toys. Not only will you benefit, but they will benefit significantly as well.

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Originally posted 2020-12-09 05:03:43. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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Personal Budget Planning

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Budget Budget Budget

Personal budget planning is an important part of keeping a handle on your finances. Because there is so much turmoil in today’s economy, maintaining a healthy personal budget is more vital than ever. Crafting a personal budget begins with determining how money comes in, and how money goes out, but there is a lot more detail that has to go into the personal budget planning process if you want to get the most out of it.

When you consider your income, for example, you should have both a monthly budget amount and a monthly actual amount so you can make sure that you are earning the income that you are expecting. Your income should include not only standard wages and bonuses, but also income from interest, income from investments and income from miscellaneous sources. Budget for all “money in” scenarios, including tax refunds for example.

Because taxes are an important part of your finances, you should also track your income taxes and other taxes in your personal budget planning process. Track your federal income taxes, state income taxes, local income taxes, Medicare taxes and social security taxes by tracking both a budgeted amount and an actual amount each month. These numbers fluctuate, so make sure to track them.

Next, when it comes to tracking your expenses for personal budget planning, there are a lot of categories that you need to consider. You need to consider your mortgage payment or rent, homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, property taxes, home repairs, HOA dues, maintenance costs and home improvements, for example. Utilities that need to be considered include electricity, water and sewer, natural gas or oil, cell phone and land line telephone. Food costs should not only include grocery bills, but also snacks, lunches, eating out, and whatever you spend at the vending machine.

There are also family obligations to budget for that may normally be forgotten, such s child support, daycare, baby sitting and alimony payments. If you have to contribute to your health insurance, don’t forget about monthly health, vision and dental premiums. You also need to consider un-reimbursed medical expenses like co-pays.

There are other expenses to include in your budget planning, including transportation costs like car payments, gasoline, auto maintenance and repair fees, oil, auto insurance and other methods of transportation like bus and taxi costs. If you have debt like loans, student loans or credit cards, or you have debt payments, then you need to include these as well.

If you intend on saving a specific amount of money every month, it would be wise to treat it like a bill, making it a mandatory expense every month rather than something that you remember to do at the end of the month when you’re low on cash. Don’t forget occasional expenses in your budget, like entertainment and recreation costs, subscriptions, vacations, pets, clothing and other investments. If you leave something out of your budget during the personal budget planning process you may end up with no money to cover it at the end of the month.

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Originally posted 2020-11-28 05:01:12. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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Teach Teens to Save Money

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Teach your teen about money.

One of the biggest reasons why having a teenage child can be difficult is because teenagers tend to spend money easily and freely without any real regard for what goes into earning that money in the first place. Teenagers tend to spend a great deal of money on clothes, shoes, toys, video games, computer stuff, without ever really buying anything that they need. One of your biggest jobs as a parent is to teach them how to save their money.

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You absolutely must be able to teach your teenage children how to handle their money.

Once they understand what goes into making or earning the money, saving the money and investing the money, they will spend their money more wisely in the future. Teach your children how to invest, and how to get the most out of their money, and you will find them being excited about saving their money rather than spending it frivolously. If you want your teens to be savvy when it comes to budgeting, saving, and investing their hard earned money, you have to teach them the value of that money and what can be done with it besides buying designer jeans, ring tones and other toys. Not only will you benefit, but they will benefit significantly as well.

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Tips for Managing Your Money Wisely

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

With a few tips for managing money wisely, you should have no problems putting together a good working budget and learning how to manage your money. Here are some excellent tips for managing money wisely that will give you a great platform for getting started.

Budget – don't throw money away! Put it to good use!

1 – The first step is to figure out how you are currently managing your money.

Spend a month tracking every dollar that comes in, and every dollar that goes out. By the end of the month, you will have established a pattern of how your money is spent. From this, you can create a budget.

2 – Once you know how you are currently managing your money, creating a budget is vital.

Are you happy with how your money was spent in an average month, or is money going into the wrong expenses? Form a budget that allows for all of your expenses to be paid monthly, with money left over for savings. You should not be spending beyond your means, nor should you be completely broke by the time bills are paid every month, and a budget will ensure this.

3 – Revisit your expenses, spending practices and budget at least every few months, or twice a year to make sure that nothing drastic has changed.

Bills can vary a little bit from one month to the next month, but you should still have no problem paying them off unless your income takes a hit or your expenses climb considerably. If changes are occurring, it is vital that you make sure your budget reflects them, meaning that your budget should change over time as well.

4 – When forming a budget, you should make sure to include every potential expense, otherwise you may end of forgetting something and paying severely in the long run.

Your budget should include your housing, auto, insurance, home maintenance, food, clothing, personal grooming, dry cleaning, utilities, credit card payments, loan payments, other insurance payments, child care, entertainment, child support, legal expenses, medical bills, savings, vacations and income taxes. If it involves money coming in or money going out, it needs to be included in your budget in order for your budget to be efficient.

5 – If your budget is not working for you or you are still having difficulty finding ways to manage your money wisely, it may be time to rethink the way you are budgeting.

There are all kinds of different ways to budget and manage your money wisely, so change things up a bit if you feel like what you are doing isn’t effective.

These tips for managing money wisely are just the beginning. Learning to manage your money wisely takes time and effort, but once you find a budget plan that fits your needs, managing your money will be easier than ever, and that is when you can truly begin to get a handle on your finances, saving money every month.

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Originally posted 2020-11-21 05:59:44. 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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Managing Money Wisely

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Managing your money wisely in 4 steps.

One of the hardest things for many people to accomplish is managing money wisely. We may all know the basics, and understand that spending too much is a good way to get on the road to financial ruin. However, when push comes to shove, we end up making mistakes that may take years to undo. If you’re serious about managing money wisely, there are a few tips that you can implement today that will help you reduce the mistakes you make and help you take better advantage of your successes.

1. Always weigh the consequences.

Impulse buying that cannot be controlled is a sure recipe for disaster. If you are trying to start managing money wisely, the first step to take is to make sure that you weigh the consequences before making any purchase, big or small. When you start to consider the consequences of a frivolous purchase, resisting the urge to buy it will be a lot easier. For example, let’s say that you have had your eye on an LCD television that costs $6000. Once you spend that money, it’s gone, since your television will never earn any more for you. What could you do if you invested that $6000 instead?

2. Set yourself up for success.

Many people fail at managing money wisely simply because they make it too hard to succeed. Whether it is a strict budget that can’t possibly be kept, or constant spending that can’t be controlled, if you are not setting yourself up for success, you may have a hard time getting there, especially at first. Try setting a budget that you can easily keep. Once you have this down and you’ve gotten into a routine you can start saving more money. By making changes gradually, you can ease into managing your money more effectively and it will be easier to get there.

3. Set goals.

Setting financial goals is a vital component of managing money wisely. When you are working towards something, sticking to a budget or waiting to make a big purchase are a lot easier. Try to set financial goals for this year, five years and then further into the future. Create milestones along the way of what you would like to achieve and then keep these goals in a prominent place. They will help you stay focused and motivated to keep managing money wisely.

4. Pick yourself back up if you fall.

We’re not perfect and even the best of us do make money mistakes from time to time. The key is getting right back up and trying again. Anyone can keep a budget, and anyone can learn to create more opportunities for income. The key is staying motivated, and avoiding having discouragement keep you from managing money wisely.

These are four easy steps that you can start using right now in order to start managing money wisely. Don’t wait to formulate a plan for your financial future. The best time to start preparing for tomorrow is today.

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Originally posted 2020-11-03 15:40:29. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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Teens Saving Money

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Help your teen build strong money management skills.

One of the best ways to build a strong financial foundation in teens is by starting a savings plan early on. Over the past few years, there have been more teens saving money and the results are clear. When you take the time to teach good financial practices to your children, these skills will carry them through life, helping them to build up a nest egg that they can rely on in the future. If you want to start your kids down this financial path, here are a few tips on how to get your teens saving money now.

1. Set up a reward system.

At first, before the benefits start to kick in, your child may need some extra incentive to start saving money. Try setting up either a reward once they reach a certain dollar amount, or you may even want to offer to match their savings, dollar by dollar. This is a great way to get your teens saving money and offers them some real incentive, as well as hard evidence, that saving is very beneficial. Even if you only add a few dollars to their account at a time, this extra money will help them get motivated and stay focused.

2. Start discussing sound financial principles with your child.

Once you’ve got your teens saving money, it’s a great time to start talking about setting financial goals, and working on the follow through. For example, you can ask your child to set a goal as to what they would like to be able to buy, that they cannot afford right now. This helps them see the value of the hard work they are putting in towards saving for that item and once again, will keep them motivated. However, it is important that they understand that spending all that they have saved up isn’t the best solution and that they should have long term goals, as well as short term goals.

3. Take them to the next level.

Once you have your teens saving money and they are learning more about goal setting, you can take their lessons to the next level by incorporating information about setting up more than one stream of income. Help them to set up a portfolio, use a p2p lending service like Loanio to lend money, or open a high yield savings account for them so that they can start to watch their money grow. This is also a good time to start talking about investments with your teen, even if they can’t quite make their own just yet.

4. Get them interested in continuing education.

One of the best ways to get your teens saving money is by teaching them how the stock market works and how they can add to their savings account easily. There are numerous online sites that will provide users with free example “money” that can be used to invest in theoretical stocks. This is a great training method that has no risk, but can be incredibly useful in teaching lessons about stocks. You may even want to take part in these yourself and set up a competition to see who can make the best theoretical picks.

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