This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo with tips on creating a limited budget.
Creating a budget that helps you to live your life in a more financially sustainable way is not always easy. It’s something that many people struggle with but there’s no reason why that should be the case. Building a sustainable budget requires careful planning and a personalized approach. Here’s more information on how to create a limited budget that can really work for you and help you to hit your financial goals.
How to Create a Limited Budget That Works for You
Track Your Spending Better
First of all, you should try to track your spending a little better. Doing this will allow you to see where your money is going and how you’re spending it. That might sound like something that you should already understand, but that’s not necessarily the case. It’s often difficult to see where your money is going until you sit down and look at it.
Truly Understand Your Income and What it Means for You
Next, you should think about your income and how you’re managing it and spending it. You might be able to maximize your income better or make some changes that allow you to stretch your income further. But you need to know exactly how much money you can afford to spend each week and month as you make a new and limited budget that you want to stick to.
Revisit Regular Outgoings
We all have regular outgoings. These are things like bills, insurance and things like that. We pay for those things every month, and that’s why it’s easy to forget about them. If you’re going to create a budget, you might want to revisit those regular outgoings and see if there are areas in which you can save money. For example, you could get a car insurance quote and reduce that cost each month.
Set Saving and Debt Repayment Targets
If you’re looking to cut down on how much you’re spending, there must be a reason for that. For many people, the reasons relate to wanting to save up for something in particular or wanting to pay off their debts. If that applies to you as well, you should set saving goals and debt repayment targets so you can stick to those targets successfully.
Finally, you need to make sure that you keep things realistic. You’re never going to achieve what you want to achieve with your personal finances if you don’t set a budget that’s realistic for you. There’s no point having an amazing budget that works out fantastically on paper if it’s not realistic enough for it to function well for you in reality. Don’t demand too much from yourself to begin with because it needs to work for your particular situation.
Creating a limited budget will help you to pay off your debts and get yourself back on track. Or maybe you want to save money for a specific purpose. Whatever your reason for wanting to put this kind of budget in place for yourself, be sure to follow the advice laid out above because it’ll serve you very well indeed.
Greg is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with 22+ years experience in Financial Services. He has held numerous FINRA Securities licenses (series 7, 63, 65, and 66), and is an expert on Investment Products and Financial Planning. Greg has 22+ years experience as a real estate investor and degrees in Psychology and Philosophy.
Greg has been quoted/interviewed in Yahoo Money, Yahoo Finance, USA Today, Authority Magazine, Realtor.com, Business Insider, and others.
Greg is an avid runner, and the father to identical twin girls and their awesome brother. His love of budgeting and his kids led him to join The Great Resignation in 2021.
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