Defrazzle Your Finances

By: Jas

Well, there's no need. Getting on an even footing with finances is hard, but not impossible, when you take small steps. You didn't get there overnight; you won't get out of it overnight. It doesn't have to be painful - in fact, you'll be more successful if you make a game of it.

Here's how to get started: figure out, approximately, how much you spend in a week on "incidentals" - coffee, a magazine, new cosmetics, etc. Just keep your sales slips for in your purse and add them up at the end of the week. This is not grocery money, car payments, etc.; this is just incidentals - things that you can live without if you're desperate!

When you have that amount - say it's $30.00 - take that much out of the bank the following week, and see how much you can have left over at the end of the week. Use ONLY CASH on those incidentals. Whatever is left over goes in an envelope somewhere where you won't spend it.

After a month, see how much you have in your envelope. If it's $20.00, that's yours to spend on yourself as a reward.

Now, take that amount ($20.00), divide it by four ($5.00), and subtract that amount from what you've been spending weekly ($30.00-$5.00= $25.00). Now, start again with the reduced amount.

Once you've gotten to the place where this is getting really uncomfortable, stop, move back to the lowest comfortable figure and stick with that budget. Take half of what's left over from your original spending total (in this case, $30.00/2=$15.00), and apply that to your debt each and every month like clockwork - make it an automatic payment from your account every month - even if it's just two dollars. The rest (in this case the other $15.00) goes in a savings account - also paid automatically. You can then apply the same principle to groceries, or gas, or any other expense that is variable and see how far you can comfortably cut back.

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