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Get Some Grip on Your Personal Budget
There certainly are too many personal budget plans that you can find on the internet. And this is
among the many. I'm just hoping that I can help you out on your personal struggle towards facilitating
a better defined budget to keep you from exhausting your finances.
There are basically three steps to establish a good budget:
One, you must be certain of your playing field. This means that one has to know exactly the actual
money circulating a specific period of time. Say, for a week or in a month. This should comprise all
the checks, cash and bank money that you have without exception. You must also be certain of all the
expenses you usually incur in that timeframe. These cover all the payments, mortgages, rents and any
other expenditure on your list.
Two, evaluation of present spending. Some people have already lost track of their expenses
regardless of the regularity of payments. Sometimes, people even forget that they should be paying
one thing or another due primarily to loss of record or deliberate overlooking of payment notices. It
must be given consideration though that ALL and EVERY outflow of money must be properly
recorded to come up with a feasible plan for a personal budget.
Third, all outgoing and incoming dollars must be tracked. Without this, you will have no foundation to
lay on your planned personal budget.
Central to personal budgeting is your patience and commitment. You must be decided once you set
out towards making a feasible personal budget plan.
Don't expect to be very good at budgeting initially. Often, it is tempting to go beyond the restrictions
you have set. After all, these are self-imposed (if you're not in dire need to strictly budget things). The
downslide is risky though. Once you get used to the frame of mind that you donít truly need a
"restrictive" routine, you might forget the whole idea and go on spending like you always did before.
Having done these, you can readily create a feasible, strict but comfortable personal budget to follow.
Donít be too restrictive but donít be too lax. Unless you want to drive yourself nuts. It is good to
impose some short term goals and work in simplified long term plans. Remember that personal
budgeting is made to help track your expenses and to establish a more stable financial situation and
not to deprive you from enjoying life.
Once in a while, it would be a good idea to treat yourself. Be sure though that the money you would
use is the money you have saved from your personal budget. This way, you will be compensated with
pleasure without having to worry if you are already using your budget for the next two weeks.
About the Author: Bob Janeway is owner of http://budget.knowsmart.com/. Find the information you need about money budgeting.