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How to Budget Your Spending and Save Money

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by Holly Sanders
(California, USA)

Coming up with a spending budget is not easy, especially when you have people in the home who are dependent on you. The following budgeting tips should be helpful in getting you to save some money, while still managing your finances. Managing a personal budget is simple, but when you have to spend for your entire family, there is a lot that goes into the spending plan.

You need to think about two types of expenses, fixed expenses and variable expenses. Fixed spending is essentially the amount of money you spend month after month for the exact same thing. Variable expenses are for things that you spend on, which you don’t necessarily plan ahead for.

You can limit spending by using cash, instead of credit. Leave all yourcredit cards at home and only have cash on you. When you only have cash available, you will not thing about spending excessively. Credit cardson the other hand limit a person’s ability to save money, as eats away your hard earned money in interest charges.

Just make smart decisions with your money and you will be able to see that it does help in saving money. If you know that you have a bad habit of buying everything you like, this should also help you in that regard. It’s not that complicated, just keep your credit cards at home or at the bank locker.

Formulate a spending plan and stick to it, even if that means giving up the things you may want. If you could give up small things that simply give you pleasure, it would help save a ton of money in the long run. Your bad spending habits need to be forgotten, or else, you will have a hard time with managing your money. Keep track of all of your families spending by recording them down in a book.

At the end of the week or month; tally up the total to see how much you have spent and for what. If you live with other dependents in the home; you should take their spending into account as well. If you are doing well, keep doing what you are doing, but in any other case; you should work towards saving money.

Always try to spend as little as you can, even if it means drinking coffee at home. It is estimated that the average person spends nearly three hundred dollars a year in coffee bought at the local coffee shop. If you can turn small things like this around, you would be able to save a ton of money on a yearly basis. Saving a dollar a day may seem like nothing at first, but in reality you need to be looking at the big picture.

Look for alternative ways to save money, such by switching your phone provider or by using energy efficient light bulbs. Every small move helps; you just have to try!.

Updated: August 3, 2013 — 7:47 pm

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