Creating a personal budget and then sticking to it is often easier said than done for many. But there’s no reason to despair. With the right tips and a working budget, you can manage your daily expenses and still have savings to build a nest egg for your future. CalendarBudget’s money management tool has helped many stay on track with their budget.
Here are a few tips for creating a working budget and how to stick with it!
Set a Budget You Can Stick To
One of the first things you’ll need to do when creating a budget is to look for the best method for budgeting that makes it easier for you to maintain. Not only does the tool need to fit with your way of budgeting, but you need to make your budgeted amounts realistic. First, consider your spending habits and financial goals. Hopefully, they are in line with each other. Next, tally all your income sources to determine how much you make, then incorporate your fixed costs into your budget. Additionally, add in any variable costs and one-time purchases as well. Of course, a healthy budget is when your income is higher than your expenses.
Regularly Update & Track Your Budget
Regularly updating your budget in real-time is another way you can easily track your spending habits and adjust them accordingly to stay on track with the budget you’ve created. One of the best ways to do this is by sticking with a daily or weekly time to review your budget using your money management tool. Then, make it a habit by scheduling yourself at the same time each day or several times a week to update your budget. Doing this consistently for a minimum of 30 days to even 90 days makes it a long-term habit.
Consult Your Budget Before Every Purchase
Before making a purchase, whether buying a load of groceries or making your monthly car payment, it’s a good idea to consult your budget. The power of a well-planned budget is in the ability to look into your financial future. CalendarBudget lets you do just that where you can see what should be in your account on any given day. Try entering a test transaction before you buy to see how the purchase will affect your future account balances. Set a predetermined minimum account balance, and don’t let your balance ever go below that amount. As a result of seeing the big picture, you will think twice about the purchases you’re making and how they’ll impact your financial goals over the long term.
Take Control of Your Spending
There are two ways to increase your account balance. Increase your income or decrease your spending. You don’t always have control over your income. So the best way to take control of your finances is by controlling your spending. Set aside money for your every-day-living first in case of emergencies. Include external expenses, such as taxes, interest rates, and inflation.
Now that your budget is working for you, keep it current and live by it to achieve your financial goals. Then, regularly re-evaluate your plan to free up more money to eliminate your debt and increase your savings. If you’re still having struggles with getting your budget under control, let us know. We are happy to help. To learn more about our innovative money management software, come try CalendarBudget online today to start your FREE trial!