How to Create an Effective Budget

Creating a budget is often easy to do, the difficult part is following it. Fortunately, there are ways to create a realistic and workable budget and follow it successfully.

Add Fun

It can be easy to forget the ‘fun’ component in a budget, but a realistic budget includes an entertainment and leisure component.

Plan for the Unexpected

Workable budgets factor in unexpected events, which can happen any month. These may be bills that happen once-off or a few times a year such as car insurance, or they may be once in a decade events such as a roof replacement.

Works in Progress

It can take a while to fine-tune a budget, so it is important to allow for a couple of months to adjust to a budgeting plan and to identify what is realistic for the household.

Tools

The right budgeting tools simplify the process and make it easier. Using professional software can make budgeting easier and the budget better organised. Smartphone apps and computer programs are easy ways to keep track of spending and generate reports on demand.

Source: http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2013/07/why-personal-budgets-fail-and-what-you-should-do-instead/

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