Get Your Budget Off The Ground

By: William Brooks

The first smart secret to a budget is to set a goal.

Set an overall goal for your budget. In many cases this is going to be to reduce debt to a certain level or raise your credit score to a certain level. Without a goal and target to shoot for, you will end up going somewhere completely different. Make sure that you take your goal though and leave it open.

Have an open goal means that when you reach one, you naturally set the very next one so you are always improving. If you hare not always improving, not just your budget, but yourself, then you are doomed to slip back into old habits.

Secondly, you would want to take note of where your money usually goes.

This includes bills, major but regular purchases (like grocery costs, health care costs, and the like), and everyday miscellaneous purchases. This is naturally where you are. So now you know where you are and where you want to go.

Only when you list down where you know your money usually goes will you be able to identify which expenses you can do without. This is where you can save a lot of money and the services the money bought you will find you won't notice they are gone.

Unfortunately this can be a scary exercise because you may shock yourself at some the amounts and places you spend money. That is really good thing because you are going to change your habit very fast! Just get over it and get it done.

Being indebted is a vicious cycle on its own.

You're talking about continuous payments, not to mention huge interest rates. The best way to deal with this is to pay the minimum on all of your debts in order to avoid paying extraneous late fees.

Whatever cash excesses you may have, you can opt to add on to the payments you make in your biggest debt. This way, you are concentrated on getting the biggest debts first that cost you the greatest interest rates. Doing this progressively, you'll be amazed at how much you'll get off your huge debts.

The last and most important step is to jot down the amount you earn the sum you spend. You can make use of computer cash management programs, or make database sheets of your own. Make a system that works for you and will help you keep track of your monthly budgeting progress.

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