Sometimes, people just cannot seem to get rid of their debts. Each month they seem to sink deeper and deeper into the sea of debts. This is due to poor money management. In order to effectively manage ones’ finances it is necessary to formulate a realistic budget. However just planning a budget is not everything. It is equally important to be able to stick to it and meet the predetermined targets.
Tips to formulate the budget:
The budget will help you to determine what happens to your money. Enlist all your sources of income. In addition to your salary, do not forget other sources like part time work pay, bonuses, gifts, etc. Then enlist your expenditure. Do not forget trivial expenses like a haircut, vehicle servicing, etc. Keep some money for miscellaneous expenditure and then total up your expenses. Calculate the difference between the total income and the total expenditure. The budget should be planned in such a way that the income exceeds the expenses.
Motivation to keep to the budget:
You must set targets that you wish to reach and also decide the time limits for each of them. Be realistic when planning them as later it can be discouraging, if you fail to accomplish them. Also these targets should be precise. An increase in income is a very vague target as compared to a more definite 20% increase in income in 2 months.
Observe actively and meticulously the impediments in your plan and the factors that may slow your progress. List them in order of their effectiveness.
Make a plan of action to cut through each obstacle. Enlist the steps you will take to get rid of the obstacle and overthrow it. If overcoming it is not possible find some other route by which you can at least avoid it.
List the benefits:
Realize the benefits you will reap by following the budget. If the budget does not seem advantageous to you there is no point in making the effort and following it. Try to plan another budget that may be adequately advantageous to you. You should be aware that the sacrifices you are making are worth it.
Occasionally indulge in self motivation. Strengthen your resolve through affirmations or self talk. Believe that the budget is the path to free you from the shackles of the debt and follow it at all costs.
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