How to Create a Personal Budget

Posted August 8, 2016

Don't think of a personal budget as a sort of diet for your wallet; that you stick to by depriving yourself of something.

Think of setting up a budget like one step in successfully running The Company of Me. You have personal and professional goals that you'd like to accomplish and a personal budget can help you achieve those goals.

1. Make a basic budget

While a budget can be quite a great device for controlling finances, it could rapidly become frustrating if it's too detailed or unrealistic. There may be a few things that should be given up when budgeting, but it's very essential to be practical and have an understanding of your own habits. If you have a part of your budget you know will give you trouble, like dining out or shopping, pick one thing to reduce, rather than cutting back a little bit on everything.

The most challenging section of a budget is staying with it, so the less complicated you make it, the more effective it will be.

Keeping it simple also means not worrying about using fancy budgeting software. There are many basic smartphone apps that allow you to keep track of spending.

2. Consider a proper time frame

Set your finances for a time frame that is long enough to measure outcomes. Budgeting month-to-month can effectively manage daily expenses and bills, but experts suggest a yearly budget to plan for bigger and occasional expenses, like income taxes or holiday shopping.

3. Inform those around you

If your finances affect your husband or wife, partner or roommate, you must have a conversation about your new financial plan. If you have two individuals who have really different approaches to money, that's likely to be a big problem in the long term. Be conscious of the other person's attitude on money and recognize your own isn't the only correct approach. Everyone must be after the same goals for the budget to achieve success.

Communicating with those close to you can also help you develop a support system while you work to get your finances on target. For instance, if you don't tell those around you that you are on a strict budget, you may end up spending more at the restaurant or the mall.

4. Make changes as necessary

If you start to find your budget isn't producing the outcome you expected or it isn't meeting your financial needs, you may think the plan is flawed. However, the chances are you simply had unknown trouble spots. Addressing the previously unidentified problems with minor tweaks can help keep you on track.

5. Bring in more money

In addition to making cutbacks, raising your income can also help you to stay within your budget. If picking up more work isn’t an option, consider how selling a big ticket item can help you meet your long-term financial goals.

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