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What is the home budget and how can you optimize it?

The home budget consists of all the money received in a household.  To start, a budget will help you see how much money comes in and where it all goes.  A good home budget allows you to plan savings for those bad days that might appear in the future.  Also, a budget allows you to make financial decisions faster and with better accuracy.  The idea is to have a good method that helps you optimize the home budget, which will offer you control over your expenses.

How can you create a home budget?

In order to create your home budget, you need to understand two things:  1)What is your income? and, 2) How much do you spend?  Once you have these two nailed down, you will need to strike a balance between them.  Preferably, you will spend a lot less than your income so you can have some money to put aside for compounding interest (a future blog post).

When you study the expenses, you will need to focus on everything from your day to day costs on food to monthly expenditures like rent or occasional expenditures like gifts, entertainment and clothes.  Map all expenses, including annual/semi-annual spending such as tax payments or dental check-ups.

How can you create an efficient home budget?

There are some things you need to keep in mind when you create your home budget.  We created the following list that will help you with your budgeting efforts:

  • Buy only on discounts/sales
  • Monitor your budget for a month, then lower any unnecessary expenses
  • Make realistic assessments, don’t trim the numbers
  • Try to increase savings each month even if your income remains the same
  • Always try to plan any potentially large purchase in advance so you can save for it (use in conjunction with the first point)
  • Compare prices and opt for the lowest, while keeping quality in mind
  • Write shopping lists and avoid empty spending
  • Have a fixed amount of money that you can spend from during each month

Creating and managing your home budget can be complicated without the proper help.  However, as long as you are committed and focused, you shouldn’t have a problem getting the right results.  It’s all about optimizing the way you spend, as that’s how you can get the best value.  Sure, it can get tricky at first.  If you pay attention to how you spend and your total spending patterns, you will have no problem optimizing your financials.  Just use our list above as a tool.  If you take care of your financials during high school and college, it will be tremendously easier to manage mortgage and similar costs later in life. 

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