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Breaking Down Budgeting

Friday, April 3rd, 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

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

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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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Personal Budget Planning is Crucial!

Saturday, March 14th, 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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Defining Your Budget and Crafting Your Financial Future

Thursday, January 15th, 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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Personal Budget Planning

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Add budgeting to your personal finance repertoire.

The key to your financial success in life is your own personal money management skills. Your personal money management practices make up your own personal method of reaching both your goals and your dreams. No one likes the idea of personal budget planning, but you will never know if you are getting the most out of your money if you do not implement some techniques for personal budget planning into your life. Everyone wants to keep up on their bills, pay off loans and credit cards, and stay ahead of debt. Successful asset and debt management is an excellent source of pride as well as good credit.

Whether we use credit or not, all of us want to have a good credit score and credit report. So unless you have an unlimited amount of money that you can simply spend in any way that you wish, you are going to need to formulate some semblance of a personal budget in order to get your bills paid and in order to manage your assets as well. Personal budget planning can seem difficult, but should not be an overwhelming process by any means.

Creating a household budget begins by figuring out what all of your monthly and yearly bills are. Then you are going to want to add in any retirement funding, savings goals and spending money so that you have a clear cut picture of how much you need to spend, because what doesn’t matter is how much money you make – what does matter is how you spend the money that you make. By implementing personal budget planning techniques into your daily life, you can get a feel for how what you make relates to what you spend, and how cutting down expenditures in certain areas of your life can actually help you save a significant amount of money.

When you fail to follow personal budget planning, your debt may overcome your income, meaning that you would be unable to make payments on time. If you make payments late or make no payments at all, you will put yourself in serious mounting debt with no way out. You cannot simply spend money as you wish and hope that there is enough left over at the end of the month with which to tackle the bills. You absolutely must implement techniques for personal budget planning if you want to manage your finances right.
Personal budget planning is actually quite easy when you consider how many resources are out there for it. Most people use budgeting software on their computers to prepare a household budget. If you do not have any fancy software, another opportunity is simply to use excel to track money in and money out. When you have a clear cut picture of where your money is going, that is when you can truly begin to implement smart money saving strategies to get your finances on track.

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