5 Steps for a Budget Check Up

A budget check up lets you take a look at your budget and make any adjustments that you need to. You have had a month or two since you sat down and wrote out your first budget for the year. Often the first estimates people make are off in a few categories. You may have new bills that you did not previously or you may be doing better than you thought in a category. If you managed to slash your spending a few weeks ago, then this budget adjustment comes at a perfect time.

Evaluate Your Budget

It's important to check your spending to follow your budget.
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The first thing you need to do is evaluate your budget. Take time to look at the categories that you are sticking to. Then look at the ones that you are having problems with. Is it because you underestimated how much you really needed? For example, are you trying to eat on $20.00 a week? Or are you having a hard time exercising self-control? You found a pair of shoes you simply couldn’t pass up. Then make adjustments as necessary. You should evaluate your budget at the end of every month. Your life will continue to change, and it is important that you adjust your finances as your priorities or goals change. Your monthly budgeting session where you examine last month's and set up a new month's budget will help you make the modifications you need to each month. More

Plug the Leaks In Your Budget

If you are having problems, but you can’t seem to figure out what is going, then you have a budget leak or two. These leaks are often spending that flies under the radar because they are small amounts that you do on a regular basis, like visiting the vending machine at work or getting coffee each morning. If cannot find the leaks once you look at your budgeting software or bank account, then you will need to carry a pencil and paper around with you, or text yourself each time you spend money. It should become clear as you keep a log of your spending. You should even write down the cash that you spend. Once you have plugged the leaks you can take care of the other problems. Finding the leaks can help you stop from blowing your budget at the beginning of the month.  More

Adjusting Your Budget Every Month

While your initial set-up of your budget takes the longest, it is still important to sit down and plan a budget for each month. This allows you to plan for variable expenses, and makes sure that you are staying on track. You should track your expenses each month and focus on continuing to save money in different categories each month. Planning your new budget for each month will take less time as you get better at it, but it is an essential step if you are serious about getting control of your obey. Remember a budget is simply a spending plan before the month starts. it is your best tool for getting control of your finances. After you have been budgeting for a year, you should be able to spot trends in your spending. Software can make doing this even easier. 

Implementing Budgeting Rules

When you first start budgeting, you are more focused on controlling your spending and getting everything under control. The zero dollar budget rule can help you do that. In a zero dollar budget, you give every single dollar a purpose with no money left over at the end of the month. After you become better at that, you can begin to make sure that your spending and financial goals are in balance with each other. One way to do that is to follow 50/20/30 budgeting method.  Take the time to make sure your spending and financial goals are working together. Your financial plan can help you find the motivation to keep sticking to your budget. It can also help you make sure that you are moving forward and not just budgeting to budget, but helping you to reach the goals that you need to. 

Find Ways to Make Sticking to Your Budget Easier

Budgeting software and the envelope method can make tracking your expenses much easier. This will make it easier to stick to your budget since you will know when to stop spending. These tools can be especially helpful if you are budgeting with a spouse or a partner. These tools can prevent you both from spending money at the same time in the same category. You may also need to change some of your habits like the way you drive home so that you avoid certain shops or places where you like to spend money. If you need to find extra money in your budget, you should look for other ways to save, as well.