04 May Budgeting
Learning how to budget your income wisely is something everyone needs to know. There are a few methods that have been successful, as long as you remain consistent and don’t spend money on items that are not in the budget. A popular method is to use half of your total income to pay for major expenses like housing, car and insurance. Thirty percent of it goes towards food, other bills and living expenses while twenty percent is left to pay debts and save. This is what is commonly known as the 50/30/20 budget method. It is a good plan in theory but can be difficult to maintain sometimes, especially if something unexpected happens.
Some people use a pay yourself first budget, also known as reverse budgeting. This method lets you set aside money for debt and savings first, then use what is remaining for bills. Debt can often snowball, especially if you have an expensive lifestyle and multiple credit cards. Without a budgeting system in place, there is no way to consistently manage your money successfully. Saving requires a certain amount of discipline, because it is so easy to spend when the money is available. Being financially responsible is thinking towards the future by building a positive credit history. Once you fall into debt, it can become an endless cycle. Learn how to budget your money carefully, so there is enough to get you through every month. If there is any money left after that, you are probably using an effective budgeting system.