Budgeting tips for the new year

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Odds are that when you think about budgeting you are likely to feel a sense of dread and associate it with too many restrictions in regards to how you are able to spend your hard-earned money. In reality, budgeting can be a better way to manage your money and give it the proper consideration it deserves. It’s true that it might cost you some time at the beginning of every month but it’ll be a great way to help you save money and possibly keep you from going into debt due to an unexpected bill. The following points offer some helpful tips in regards to creating a budget every month.
  • Start with the basics
Always start planning your budget with the most important expenses in mind such as utilities, food, and transportation, and then fill in the rest of the categories. It sounds basic but there are often times many financial distractions that can cause us to get swept up before tending to our basic needs.
  • Your budget will look different every month
Be mindful of certain events or responsibilities associated with each individual month such as birthdays, doctor’s appointments, car maintenance, vacations, etc. These can oftentimes be the distractions mentioned above which can cause money to be tight any given month and forcing you to choose between which bills are paid that month.
  • Savings should be a part of the budget
When planning your monthly budget it is also important to set some money aside in a savings account. The amount doesn’t have be extravagant but it will eventually grow and offer a cushion when unexpected costs arise.
Don’t forget that it might take a few tries to get into the rhythm of using a budget and there are many budgeting tools available to help you along the way. We hope that you enjoy a prosperous year!

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