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Do you ever have to live paycheck to paycheck? Maybe you never have any disposable income left over at the end of the month? And maybe your savings are looking a little thin right now? If you’re living in these situations, it’s time to think about how you can readjust to better make ends meet. And while living with a bit less can be fulfilling, it’s also possible to squeeze a bit more out of your household budget! However, you’re only going to manage this if you reorganize the way your budget works every now and then. To help you do that, we’ve listed a few points for you to consider below.
Rethink Your Allocation Rules
How are you currently allocating your budget? Maybe 50% of your monthly income goes on household bills, maybe 30% goes toward debt, and then the last 20% gets sunk into the savings account? While this is a very good budgeting rule to follow, it’s not one you can always keep to, and that’s important to keep in mind.
Be flexible with your allocation rules. Change them from time to time to see how your budget differs; instead of saving so much in one account, for example, put 10% towards an emergency fund. You could also allocate more towards debt repayment, which is known as ‘overpaying’, which is rarely a bad thing.
Overpay for Financial Benefits
Following on from the above point, a good way to prevent your bills from ticking up over time is to overpay as much as possible when possible. When it comes to your mortgage or electricity bill, for example, putting forward more money than your minimum payment clause demands will help get the bill off of your back.
You can also arrange to overpay for your car as well. If you’re about to invest in a new family vehicle, check out a site like edmunds to see what you’re likely to need to pay, and then how you can budget this out to prevent the bill from dragging on too long. All in all, the more you overpay in the here and now, the more room you’ll have in the budget in the long run, and that’ll create a more stable financial plan to follow.
Make it Easier for Next Time
Now that you’ve reorganized your budget, don’t set these rules in stone. You’re going to want to change them again at some point in the future, and now’s your chance to make this adjustment easier.
First off, make sure you’ve got records available to pour over. You can either put together a spreadsheet yourself or download an app to do it for you to see (in minute detail) how cash is flowing in and out of your accounts. A monthly overview goes a long way to budgeting comfortably, no matter how your expenses differ.
Reorganizing your monthly budget doesn't have to be a headache. The more you do it, the more your finances will shine.
I go through our budget several times a year to see where our money is going and if some expenses need cut. We often spend money on things we don't need to spend. Some folks have no idea where their money is really going. A good budget is the first step.ReplyDelete
Have a fabulous day and week, my friend. ♥
I need to pay more attention. Travis moved everything to online. All good, but I forget passwords. I don't miss the paper, but as far as looking through things I do miss it. We have a lot in our account right now.ReplyDelete
We're living on a budget right now. Jason left his job a few weeks back so things are a little tight at the moment, but thankfully I have a steady income coming in and he's had several promising interviews that we're waiting to hear back on.ReplyDelete