Tuesday, September 13, 2016, AM | Leave Comment
Having a budget is one of the most critical keys to maintaining healthy finances.
In its simplest form, a budget is nothing more than debits and credits. Total expenses are subtracted from total income to give you your monthly financial snapshot.
If you have made an effective budget, the number left after expenses have been accounted for should be enough to have some discretionary spending and to put more into savings.
Sticking to a budget is not necessarily easy, however.
The four following tips may help keep you on track financially, and may make it easier to stick with even the tightest of budgets:
Cut Down on Food Costs
Food costs may be one of your budget’s biggest monthly expenditures. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to save significantly at the grocery store.
First, always make a shopping list and plan meals in advance. This will help eliminate impulse purchases.
Secondly, cut coupons. Planning your meals in advance and using a list will allow you to compare prices and save with coupons.
Cut Down on Transportation Costs
Owning a car can be a big drain on a budget, but there are some ways to see significant savings.
Some companies, like U Pull & Pay, know that purchasing used auto parts is one way to save money.
Buying used car and truck parts can save you thousands on repairs.
Another easy way to save on auto expenses is to simply make sure your tires are inflated correctly which may improve gas mileage.
Live Within Your Means
You have to make an honest assessment when it comes to your finances about what you can and cannot afford.
If you are “house rich” but “cash poor,” that may be a good sign that your housing expense is too much for your budget.
Look to live nicely, but with what you can comfortably afford.
A second job can go a long way when it comes to making ends meet.
In addition, if your regular job is enough to pay all the bills and have a little left over, a second job can provide an income that may be devoted entirely to savings.
If you are having trouble balancing your monthly budget, look to both cut expenses and earn more.
A budget is a key piece of your financial life, and although a budget can be hard to stick to, there are some simple adjustments that can be made that can help you find equilibrium and help secure your financial future.
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on twitter and Facebook.