Having a simple budget works wonders for me. I personally dislike the budgeting forms that require you to budget out every single penny towards items such as clothing, future medical and so forth because that doesn’t happen each month. I’ll budget for it when I need it. If I did it every month we would have no money left to do anything with.
Have you ever noticed that all financial gurus have one thing in common that they recommend? Guess which one thing. A Budget! Budgeting is key to keeping your finances under control and it’s by far one of the most hideous thing to do, especially when you start getting into tracking every possible events I listed earlier. If I did budgeted that way every month we would have no money left to do anything with. Therefore, I follow a simple budget and let me show you how I do it.
What I do first is pay all of the bills currently due:
Less Tithe – 200
Less Mortgage -700 (Half of the mortgage)
Less Power – 200
Less Insurance – 200
Less Cable – 125
Less Baseball Registration -100
Total Remaining $475.00
This $475 has to get me through the next paycheck. I have to buy groceries, gas and etc. As you can see I personally don’t have the funds to save 10% to go toward my savings from the top of my paycheck. So what I do instead is I take 10% off the remaining amount left and I budget from there, which makes it simple.
Less $48.00 for Savings
Less $100 for Gas
Less $150 for Food
Less $40 for Date Night
Less $40.00 for Kids Shoes (Kids need new shoes this week)
Less $25.00 for Dr. Appointment (There is a doctors appointment this week)
Less $50.00 for Blow Money
Now $48.00 may not seem like a lot to put in savings, but it does add up overtime.
I’ll create and place this amount in my envelopes. *You can use my free printable cash envelope template
That leaves $22.00 left… I’ll use this extra amount and pay it towards one of my credit cards.
Balance is $0 (You must assign every dollar you have towards something)
The final thing I do is strive to spend less than the amount you budgeted for and if you can do that, apply the saved amount towards something else.
This is what works for me. I’d love to hear what works for you and what your tips are on a simple budget simple budget.