What is budgeting?

Budgeting is essentially knowing and controlling how and when you spend your money. A good budget allows you to pay all of your bills, save money, and have some leftover for yourself each month. For example, think of a budget as a pie, with varying slices relating to your basic needs, your wants, your debt, and your savings. There is no perfect budget for everyone. Instead, you need to tailor a budget to your expenses and income.

Why should I budget?

Budgeting can sometimes elicit a groan from the average person. This is because most people don’t like to budget. But almost everyone needs to do it!  Without a budget, you probably don’t know where all of your money is going. Are you living paycheck to paycheck? Do you have a lot of consumer debt? Do you have inadequate savings? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you could definitely benefit from having a budget.

Why should I manage my budget?

It’s important to track where your hard-earned money is going. With a proper budget you should be able to:

  • Cover all of your basic expenses
  • Have some “fun” money to spend on yourself and your family
  • Stock money away for retirement
  • Save for emergencies and short term goals – i.e. vacations, car repairs, a new car
  • Save for longer-term goals – i.e. buying a house, paying for a wedding, kids’ education

How do I manage my budget?

Figuring out your budget can be a challenge. Are you overspending in certain areas? Do you have enough in savings? We’ll walk you step by step so you can understand how you’re spending your money and how you can budget better. Managing your budget does take some time.  But, once you get your budget set up, it’s much easier to manage on a weekly or monthly basis. Most importantly, having your budget under your belt is a vital step in managing your overall finances. 

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Finding a professional in your area to help you improve your personal finances is another excellent step on your journey to create wealth and achieve financial freedom. A professional, such as a financial planner, has first-hand knowledge and experience with budgeting. These professionals can answer any questions that you may have regarding your unique circumstances and help you customize a strategy that will best fit your financial needs.

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