Using all your income as a monthly budget is rarely a good idea and should be avoided if possible. There is nothing scary about creating a sufficient budget that allows you to save portion of your income for future emergencies. These simple tips will help you set up a budget.
Account for necessary expenses
First step is to sum up all the unavoidable expenses of your household such as energy bills, medical expenses, schooling expenses for your kids and any loan payments you may have. Also grocery bill should be counted amongst these expenses. Sadly, you have to allow for these costs when you set up a budget.
Determine how much you have left
If you have some money left from your income after paying for the necessities, then you can continue setting up a budget. Obviously, if you can barely afford the necessities, there is no point in setting a budget different from the size of your income. And you should be looking to cut any costs you can. Anyway, in case there is enough money left, continue with the next step.
It is very important to allow for unforeseeable spending and emergencies such as meds when you get ill, refreshment for visitors to your home, etc. This portion of your budget does not have to be very sizeable. However, it is advisable to roll the reminder of the sum into the next month’s/week’s budget. Also, this is for smaller emergency payments not a replacement of savings account.
The last step is to allow yourself some fun money for cinema, DVDs, gym and any hobbies you and your loved ones may have. When you set up this part of your budget, it is best to deduct money for savings off of the reminder of your income first. That will also simplify the process since you can add rest of the money to your budget.
To conclude, it is not difficult to set up a budget. You need to account for all the unavoidable expenses, add some buffer for emergencies, decide how much you want to save and use the rest for entertainment and any other expenditures.