Do you like so many others feel, that even if they are earning well, are spending even more? Do you want to change all that and live in sound financial health and within your budget? Is there such a thing as a realistic budget? Are you skeptical that you can make a budget that takes into account all your necessities and provides for luxuries? You can live well and within a budget, and it starts with changing your attitudes towards money, expenditures and budget setting.
Here's why a budget will help you to live well for the rest of your natural life.
o A well planned budget is an excellent financial tool for you, as it will guide you in setting aside funds to pay for recurring monthly expenses (e.g. utilities, rental), help you save for serious investments, allows you room to splurge and will help you develop the discipline to save, while living well.
o A sensible budget is one that is realistically organized around the details of your life. Because your budget takes into account your sources of income, you will be in better control of your spending habits.
o A planned budget will give you the ability to save towards buying serious investments such as a real estate property, or a business.
Redefine your idea of “living well” – as a lifestyle that keeps you out of debt and gives you the financial freedom to be able to save a considerable portion of your income.
Another attitude you should let go is one of having unrealistic expectations. Do you often find yourself coming home with the latest product advertised? A bigger plasma TV than the one you had last year? Or a digital camera with more pixels and 5 more features? When you haven't even used half of the features of your old digital camera! The number reason for credit card debt is impulse buying. If you tend to impulse buy, develop an attitude of awareness. Question yourself. Do you really need to buy this object? When are you using it and how often will you be using this? If it will help in your business, plan the purchase. If it's planned for, you'll be able to stick to your budget.
You've got the basics of setting a budget down correctly, when you are disciplined enough to stick to it and thus control your spending habits.