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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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Breaking Down Budgeting

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

A personal budget is simply a spending plan. Before you work on personal budget planning you need to have a good idea of where and how your money is being spent. It can be a tedious process, but it can also be a true eye opener if you are not already well aware of how and where you are spending your income. Many people tend to spend their money with no real idea of where it is going. The first step to making a budget that you can live with is to come up with an accurate and easy to follow system for accounting for your expenses.

Track your spending! One simple and inexpensive method for tracking your spending is to purchase a small notebook from a grocery store. Keep this notebook with you at all times, and every time you spend money, write it down. You need to be able to keep track of ATM withdrawals, debit transactions and credit card expenses. You may also consider using a simple spreadsheet software program or a paper system in order to record and track your expenses from day to day.

Budgeting doesn't mean hoarding your pennies.

Create a budget! Having a budget does not mean that you have to squirrel away every penny, doing without important things that you need in your life. What it does mean however is that you are making sure that your most basic needs are being taken care of first and foremost, and that you are keeping yourself aware of how much money you have for splurging purposes. After you track your expenses, the next step is personal budget planning. Here are some things that will better simplify the personal budget planning process.

Income –

Make sure to include all sources of income and revenue, including gross income paychecks, child support, alimony, bonus checks, government checks, investments, retirement and personal business income as well.

Recurring Expenses –

Here are some of the usual monthly recurring expenses that you may find yourself dealing with. Along with your record of spending, this list will help to make sure that you are remembering everything that you need to account for: Food, home insurance, childcare, health insurance, gas, automobile insurance, electric, cell phone, home phone, internet access, cable, satellite television, water and sewer, prescriptions, dining out, garbage service, school lunches, entertainment, work lunches and charitable giving as well. You are also going to want to include monthly savings account goals, dining out, movies and other activities that you will spend money on regularly.

Variable Expenses –

This is a list of expenses that come regularly but not on a monthly basis. Some examples are spending for holidays like Christmas, Thanks giving, birthdays, personal care, income and property taxes, household repairs, prescriptions, doctor visits, clothing, shoes, school tuition, book costs, school supplies, school expenses, home equity, mortgage expenses and automobile expenses.

Unsecured Debts –

Here you should make sure to track any credit card debt, loans, school loans and other types of unsecured debt that needs to be paid off.

In order to put together all of these personal budget planning elements, you need to track your income and expenses on a month by month basis. Take the net amount you earn from each income source and figure out how much is earned in a year following this plan, then divide by twelve for a monthly average. Do the same with your expenses to come up with an average monthly amount. This is the best way to budget. It may not be exact, but it does allow you to more effectively and efficiently plan both for incomes and expenditures.

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Originally posted 2020-12-03 05:02:26. 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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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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Personal Budget Planning is Crucial!

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Create a budget.

Personal budget planning is absolutely crucial if you want to build personal wealth and overcome things like the credit crunch and the current problems that the economy is experiencing. The word “Budget” is one that worries a lot of people because it often seems more like a hassle and a chore than anything else, but there are a lot of easy things that you can do in order to create a personal budget planning process that is beneficial to you and your entire family and household. Here are a set of basic steps that will help you build a personal budget that is going to work well for you and your household as a whole

– Begin the personal budget planning process by collecting at least three months worth of bills, expense statements and receipts.

Look at your bank statements, cash transactions and any receipts that you have saved. Look through your credit card statements as well. What did you purchase? What bills did you pay? Were there any fees that you paid? Are there any habits in your monthly bank statements that are worth noting? Are you spending basically the same amount of money every month? Are there expenses that are the same or similar every month? Answering these questions will give you a good foundation for your personal budget planning.

– Now that you have a firm handle on your expenses, the next step is to gather documents relating to your income.

If you are on salary, put together your paychecks and make sure that you are getting the same amount every month. Otherwise you should gather between three and six months of income statements to get an average amount that you earn in a single month.

– Now that you have a good idea of both your expenses and your incomes, the next thing to do is to compare them to see how much money is left.

This may seem like a frightening step, but it is important if you want to know how much discretionary income you have every single month.

– Now that you know how much money exists at the end of the month on average, you can start looking at what expenses can be eliminated or reduced.

Review your expenses carefully to find out how you can leverage additional income on a monthly basis, because this extra money can be used to reduce debts and begin to save money for the future.

Now that your basic budget is outlined, you can begin to work on prioritizing your debts by reviewing interest rates and listing your debts beginning with the highest interest rate and working down. Once your budget and discretionary income have been outlined you can begin to plan for your financial future by outlining both short term and long term goals in your personal financial life. The last step is simply to exercise patience and to stay the course for as long as you can. Personal budget planning is not going to become a habit as quickly as over night, but it will eventually become a habit if you practice it regularly.

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Originally posted 2020-11-13 05:58:04. 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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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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Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Overspending is an enormous problem for Americans right now and the sad truth is, many of us do not even know we are doing it. If you are finding it hard to make ends meet at the end of the month, or you are desperately waiting for that next paycheck to arrive, you may need to take a hard look at your financial situation, your budget and how much you spend every month.

Track how much money you spend on small things.

We typically consider our rent or mortgage payments, car loans and utilities as the only items that need to be budgeted, but there are many small items that can crop up and eat away at your bank balance. These are typically unnecessary expenses, and over time, enough of them can quickly add up. Let’s take a look at how to determine how much you spend and how you can get your expenditures in line with what you make.

It’s a great idea to keep a little log book and write down everything you buy for the period of one month. Everything, no matter how small, should be noted down in your log. At the end of the month, total everything up and see just how much money you have going out the door. This is probably the easiest way to figure out what needs to be cut, since you’ll have everything right in front of you. Here are some of the most common culprits.

1. Eating Out.

Americans spend thousands, if not tens of thousands, eating out and these expenses can quickly add up. You can save quite a lot of money simply by cutting out one meal out a week, and even more if you really get serious about cutting back. Once you’ve logged how much you spend on food, you may be surprised at how much of your paycheck is missing.

2. Recurring Subscriptions.

This is a problem for many online. You sign up for something, forget to ask for a refund before the trial is over, and before you know it, you’ve got several “memberships” or recurring fees that you don’t even know about, all being taken right out of your account every month. These will add up fast, and can do a lot of damage if they are not caught in time.

3. Superfluous Items.

Even though these items are typically small, they take up a big chunk of your budget. All too often we don’t think about the little, “it’s only a dollar,” items that we see at the store. While each one may be inexpensive, when you add them all up, it can be shocking to see just how much you are spending. The log book of your monthly expenses really comes in handy to see which of these items can be cut from your budget.

By taking the time to see how much money you actually do spend, you can stop overspending before it gets out of control and starts to eat away at your paycheck.

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Originally posted 2020-10-10 05:16:41. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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Do You Need a Money Manager?

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Money managers for many are necessary.

If your idea of organizing your finances is throwing a receipt in a big pile, you may want to consider the benefits of hiring a money manager. There is a new trend in the financial world where daily money managers are becoming very popular, and for many consumers, they are very necessary. Let’s take a look at what a daily money manager does and how they may be able to benefit your personal finances.

1. Organize paperwork and receipts.

When it comes to getting your paperwork in order, or keeping a record of all of your receipts, most of us end up failing miserably. Trying to track down little slips of paper is maddening at best, and for those of us with little time on our hands, the task of getting our paperwork organized is simply too much. We put it off and before long you end up with a slew of jumbled papers and you can’t find the one receipt you really need. A daily money manager will catalog all of your paperwork, filing it away and help you keep track of expenditures by organizing your receipts.

2. Paying bills on time.

If your schedule is hectic, or you simply aren’t good about dates, paying your bills on time can be a struggle. A daily money manager can be used to help you make sure that all of your deadlines are met, and that nothing is left unpaid by the end of the month. Once again, for those with a busy lifestyle or an inability to keep everything running smoothly, a daily money manager can be a true financial lifesaver.

3. Mediation.

A daily money manager does not replace an accountant or a lawyer, but they can assist in mediating between their clients and these professionals. For example, if you have filed a claim with an insurance agency, a money manager can assist you in handling the communication with the agency and getting all of your necessary documents together. The vast majority of daily money managers are trained and have backgrounds that include legal, financial, and insurance expertise.

4. Day to Day Basics.

For many of us, the devil is in the daily basics of keeping our finances ordered. Instead of letting things get out of hand for months at a time, a daily money manager can offer assistance in keeping checkbooks balanced, paperwork accounted for and everything you need to have handled in your personal finance life done.

As we get busier as a society, it is clear that there is a definite need for daily money managers. If you do decide to hire a daily money manager to help manage your finances, there are a few things to consider ahead of time. First, you will need to make sure that they are accredited and licensed. This professional will have access to your documents and it is vital to ensure that you can trust them. Look for a major national firm or someone in your local community that you can rely on.

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Defining Your Budget and Crafting Your Financial Future

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

A budget or spending plan is a specific money management tool that is designed to put you in control of your spending, keeping you out of credit trouble and other financial trouble. Your budget is vital because it is your personal plan for spending the income that you have, making good use of your credit and otherwise managing your finances in an efficient and effective way. Many people incorrectly treat budgeting like dieting, where you’re forced to suffer in order to achieve your goals, but this simply is not the case. A budget, on the other hand, is like the speedometer on your car in that it is letting you know how fast or how slowly you are going so that you can adjust accordingly. Your budget lets you know how you are doing in terms of earning and spending, so that you can make the necessary adjustments.

What are your budgeting goals?

Most people are spending out of control without realizing it, which is why a budget is so important.

Here is a short list of some of the things that a budget can do for you:

– A personal budget can help you reach your financial goals, serving as a compass that keeps you on course and helps you put money aside so that you may reach your goals.

– A personal budget can help you control your money by allocating money for all of the different facets of your daily life, allowing you to better keep track of how your money is being used.

– A personal budget can help you to live within your means by showing you how your expenses compare to your incomes so that you can adjust things accordingly.

– A personal budget can help you to free up cash. One of the biggest bonuses that comes with budgeting is that you can decide how much you intend to spend, rather than spending all of your money on things you do not want or need, a budget will grant you the power to make smarter and better informed decisions regarding how you spend your money.

– A personal budget allows you to free up cash because an effective budgeting practice will involve your entire family and will help you come up with ways to free up money and better spend the money that you have.

– A personal budget can help you prepare for the unexpected, because you can put aside money every month for emergency expenses as part of your budget, and this will help you cover a variety of expenses including emergency auto repairs, medical bills and other expenses that come up unexpectedly.

– A personal budget can help you get out of debt, and even more importantly, stay out of debt once you are there. Budgeting will bring your expenses in line with your income, so you will stop adding to your debt.

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