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23
Jul

10 Tips for Creating a Household Budget

MAKE GOALS
Goals can be as short-term as buying a new pair of shoes next week, or as long-term as going on vacation next spring.

INVOLVE YOUR ENTIRE HOUSEHOLD
If it's just you, great. But if you have a spouse and/or children, create a budget together, and explain to everyone that they may be asked to make sacrifices.

BUDGET IN FUN
A budget that leaves no money for an occasional dinner out, or for a family outing at an amusement park is designed to fail. Your budget should help you, not put you in a bind.

MAKE THE EFFORT TO SAVE
Most people look at saving as putting away money for a rainy day. But a better way to look at it is putting away money for a nice vacation.

TAKE INVENTORY
If you don't know where your money goes, how do you expect to manage it?

DISTINGUISH BETWEEN WANTS AND NEEDS
Buy what you need first. The wants belong in the "what's left over" category.

EXPECT CHANGES
Look down the road, and get into the habit of thinking ahead.

GET RID OF HIGH-INTEREST DEBT
Focus on identifying high interest-rate debt, and work on paying that debt off.

FIND A SYSTEM THAT WORKS FOR YOU
It could be the envelope system, a bank or a credit union. If it works for you, use it.

STICK TO IT
Creating and sticking to a budget that works won't be easy, but in the end it will help you make the most of your hard-earned money.

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