Showing posts with label budgeting tools. Show all posts
Showing posts with label budgeting tools. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

6 Habits Which Will Never Let You Fail in Budgeting

It is the fact that one of the best ways to become rich is control your daily budget instead of just focusing on any getting-rich scheme. However, if you want to have few actionable, valuable, and the most beneficial advices for getting smart with your money, let us share some fruitful tips to achieve this goal. 

1. Set Your Budget Limits for a Simple Life:

Keeping lots of cars, bungalows, high-cost security cameras, highly paid workers, etc. are not the guaranteed tools to satisfy you. It may be possible that you feel still much stressed and tensed. Therefore, it is always better to just define your budget each month and spend as per schedule. This will never let you spend more or less.

2. Evaluate Each Expense:

You should not invest your hard-earned money on bobbles and bling. If you are going to purchase something, just think for a while that how long it will benefit you. You need to understand that buying expensive wearable, accessories, etc. are not going to last for many years for sure. Therefore, just reduce spending money on such expenses. 

3. Stop Impressing Others:

This is where almost everyone lacks. Instead of spending on the most necessary items, we spend on foolish and unnecessary things just to impress others. There is nothing bad in purchasing a used car, wearing a bit old shoes, or working some extra hours on your job for the sake of overtime. These are very few things, which may matter to others but not to you if you really care for your budget.

4. Avoid Too Much Debts:

It’s not necessary to take up each type of debt except those, which return you more. For example, if you or any of your children is studying in some school or college, you can ask for loans in such a case. This is guaranteed that you will have more return back after completion of their studies. Similarly, medical education loans, university education loans or real estate loans are those few valuable loans, which will be beneficial. Moreover, you do take loans for car or your house, which are not really necessary. Thus, try avoiding them as much as you can.

5. Quickly Get Rid of Major Debts:

Managing your budget is more important than wasting it. Just focus on your expenses and the entire budget to know where the money goes. Big debts will be more common in all that. Take yourself completely out of all those large debts, which you have not been paid yet. Generate large amount to pay them back as soon as possible. This is because you actually are making someone else richer while making yourself poorer than before. 

6. Invest Your Time Wisely:

Instead of reading sports news on newspaper, try reading some valuable news and reports related to money investment in some books. Similarly, watch some good news channels regarding money investment instead of watching a time-wasting episode or movie. Do meet business experts, who are successful in their fields to take their advices. It is all about not wasting your time and managing your budget by using your valuable time properly. 

Final Words:

Creating a good budget is the foundation of any solid financial plan, no matter what do you do or how much you earn. As long as you know where you spend your money, it is easier for you to save some for rainy days.

Author’s Bio:
Brian Culver is a classic car collector and leading journalist for a car purchasing website. Save money by checking out their car buying calculator section where you can re-calculate your monthly payments by changing your loan information.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Reach Your Retirement Goals Faster Playing The Budget Game!

Throughout our entire lives, we dream of financial freedom. We think of what it will be like to retire and finally be able to do the things that we enjoy full time! So, we work and work and save and save hoping to reach a retirement goal that we set years back. But, wouldn't it be great to reach those goals faster than you thought simply by getting competitive with yourself? Well, you can!

Recently, I got bored with budgeting. I mean, really bored! So much so that I stopped keeping track all together. Oh boy, was that a great idea or what? A couple of months flew by as they always do and, I started to realize, I wasn't saving any money or making much of a dent in the debt I was working so hard to pay off! It should come as no surprise that I quickly updated my budget and took a look at my bank statement to see where all the money was going. Small purchases were killing my retirement plan because they weren't being made in moderation with the help of a budget.

Now, there is no one on this planet that doesn't like budgeting as much as me so, if it is one of your least favorite things to do, join the club! What came as a shock to me is, there are overwhelming amounts of people out there that feel the same way I do about budgeting. I found that out as I sifted through several different personal finance websites around the web. 

After reading up on ways to make the process fun, I came to the conclusion that none of the approaches I'd found would work for me. Why? Well, they were all great but, I'm a competitive person! I like to play games, keep score and of course, WIN! So, I figured, why not try and turn my budget into a game. In the game, every dollar would signify a point and there would be set barriers to break. 

I started by cleaning up my budget spreadsheet. Once I did, I totaled up my debt goals and savings goals. I had to do at least this much to get a positive score. For every dollar I spent that went over my goals for that month, I would give myself a point. Month by month, I started to track my progress. 

In the first month, I ended up with a negative score which, well, frustrated me. But, I didn't reach my goals and now, I was being told I didn't by a score board! So, I did some tweaking. I looked at where my money was going and made some changes to how it was being spent. The next month, I scored 11 points! Which was not much considering I had a 219 point dent to cover from the month before.

So, I worked and worked, tweaking little spending habits and eventually, I got the high score of 376 points! I'm still working to beat it but, what that means is $376 more than my goals made it to pay off my debts or pad my savings a bit in one month! That's great considering I have pretty aggressive goals! That being said, I'm going to challenge you to start playing the budget game. All the instructions for how to set up your score board and play the budget game are available in my recent article, How To Make Budgeting More Fun

About The Author – Joshua Rodriguez
This article was written by Joshua Rodriguez, proud owner and founder of CNA Finance and avid personal finance journalist. Join the conversation with Joshua on Google+!

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