Budget Smart: How to Stick To a Budget

Ringing in the New Year is now a distant memory. Winter is nearly over, another season awaits, and resolutions made in high spirits at the end of 2015 may have already fallen by the wayside. We’re here to help. There’s no need to give up just yet. It’s perfectly understandable if you started 2016 a little off kilter. Now is a great time for a financial course correction. Three quarters of the year still remains to get back on track. Here’s how.

Catalogue Expenses

Determine what you need to spend every month, keeping in mind those larger expenses that aren’t paid as frequently. i.e. biannual car insurance payments or your mortgage. Those tend to pop up and aren’t always factored into budgets.

Manage Saving

Figure out how much you can afford to save per month or per paycheck and start socking away a little something extra. You’ll be amazed how in a short time, doing so will become a routine. And that’s the goal – creating smart financial habits that will last.

Prioritize Spending

List what you would like to spend per month in addition to life’s bare essentials. If you like going to the movies or attending sporting events, factor that into the total as well. Budgeting doesn’t mean depriving yourself of fun and entertainment.

Create Monthly Goals

Try and stick to a plan, no matter how small. Because you want the budget to last an entire year, break things down your basic expenses on a monthly basis. These would include groceries, gas or any other routine purchases. This is helpful put the rest of the year in perspective without getting overwhelmed.

Have you stuck to your yearly financial goals? We’d love to hear from you in the comments. Please share your insights below!

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