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Quick and Easy Budgets: How To Take Control Of Your Finances
|Making A Budget Work For You
If the thought of making a budget horrifies you, then the chances are pretty good that you are in need of setting one up. Usually, anyone who cringes as the thought of a budget is a person who needs help with his or her finances. What you may not know is just how helpful a budget can be, not only to help you put away funds for now, but to also help you build your financial future for the long haul. Besides, you may not realize it, but it could be much easier than you think to make a budget for yourself that works so well that you will really enjoy following it.
To get yourself started and on the right road for a budget, you should put together all of your income information. A good idea is to grab three months of your pay stubs and so on so that you can figure out a pretty good idea or a rough estimate of what the average monthly income is for your household. If you usually work overtime, you may want to leave this amount out of your calculations, as overtime may not always be readily available and cannot help you if you are not working it.
Next up, you are going to want to gather up all of your bills from the past three months as well. Obviously, you should add up all of the amounts that you owe each month from all of your bills. Then, you can take this total and divide it by three to see how much you are paying for loans, rent, etc. every single month.
After that is figured out, you can take and add together all of the amounts that you have for miscellaneous monthly expenses such as clothes, food, gas and so on. Then, you go through and divide this total by three just like you did with your monthly bills. When you add this monthly total to the other one, this should give you a good idea of where your money is going every single month.
From here, you can go through and look at everything that you are paying out. This is a good time to see if there are any places where you can cut some corners and maybe save yourself some money in the long run. Whatever you find yourself cutting out, you can set it aside in a separate bank account than the one that you use to pay all of your bills and so on. You would be amazed at just how fast your extra money can build up over time. Then, you will be able to take some of it out every couple of months or so and pay off some extra bills. Or, you could even keep the money in the account and keep it toward a down payment for a new home or maybe even a new car.
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