What You Should Know About Budgeting

By Toby Tunwase

A financial plan cannot be successful without budgeting. No matter how much money you make or how often you save, it would be best to track how your money is spent to have a grip on your finances. Unlike what you might expect, budgeting doesn’t mean denying yourself the pleasures of life and restricting your spending. In reality, it’s about knowing how much money you have and where it goes before planning how to use it most effectively. The following will help you create and maintain a budget.

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  1. The most critical categories should be listed first.

Top of the list would be saving and perhaps giving, followed by food, utilities, shelter, and transportation. You can then fill in the remainder of the categories in your budget after your actual necessities are met.

  1. Build a buffer into your budget.

Make sure you set aside money for unforeseen expenses throughout the month. Include this in your budget’s miscellaneous category. Therefore, you can cover something that comes up without taking money away from something you’ve already invested. Write down all of these expenses. They may even become permanent budget items in the future.

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  1. Each month brings on new challenges.

Adapt your budget every month as circumstances change. For instance, some months, you will need to budget for back-to-school supplies or vehicle maintenance. During the other months, you’ll be saving for birthdays, vacations, and holidays. Make sure to include those expenses in your budget no matter what the occasion is. Put your calendar on your desktop while creating your budget to not forget about special events.