In tough economic times, it is vital to watch every penny you spend. A failure to monitor your expenditures may lead you into debt, or at least reduce the total amount of money you think you have. Because of this, it is a wise decision to create a budget. This way, you not only are able to come up with a sound game plan in saving and spending money, but you are able to reduce the amount you spend on material, as writing down total expenses allows out to always know exactly what you are spending the funds on.
To start, you need to know exactly how much money you bring in, each and every week. This is the basis of your budget. You don’t want to overspend any of your money, as this is just going to lead you into debt.
If you don’t have any form of debt, put away at least 10 percent of the money you make into a rainy day account. This way, if something should ever happen to you or your job, you have some extra money to get you buy on. It is still a good idea to put money towards this if you have debt, but for the time being, it may be more beneficial for you to pay off the debt, instead of saving the large amount of funds.
Subtract the minimal payments you have for all your bills and debt, each and every month, then reduce the amount from the total you have. If possible, try to pay more towards the debt every month. This helps you rise out of debt faster.
Write down every purchase you make during the course of the day. As you see the expenses pile up, you’re less like to buy as the week progresses.