Tips to Help You Stay on Track!
Helpful tips to managing your budget
- Barter - Save money with bartering (trade your talents for goods or services)
- Coupons – save money by using Coupons (You could save hundreds of dollars with coupons)
- Eating Lunch – Save money on eating out (Maybe you should bring lunch instead of eating out)
- Entertainment – Save money on entertainment (Cut back going to concerts, shows, events, etc.)
- Hobby’s – Save money by cutting back on hobbies (You should be able to cut back on hobbies)
- Negotiating - Learn how to negotiate (in most cases not every price is set in stone)
- Part-time job - A part-time job (A part time job will give you opportunity to earn extra money)
- Reading Books – Save money with the library (Go to the library for books rather than buying)
- Shopping – Shop at discount stores and wholesale clubs (You will save money using these stores)
- Yard Sale - Have a yard sale (Get rid stuff you do not need or are not using)
Banking Management Tip
It is very important to always know your bank account balances. You should set up alerts so you are notified before your balance falls below a preset limit. A good rule of thumb would be to never let your operating checking account balance fall below $100.00. Since you know your threshold you make sure you do not spend more than your balance. If you spend more than you have you may have payments bouncing and will probably have to pay overdraft fees charged by your bank. Also if you have overdraft protection this is like a credit loan and you will probably pay a usage fee and interest until the balance is paid.
Bill Payment Tip
You should use be using a bill pay system from your bank, you can send out all your monthly payments to your creditors and vendors without having to write a check and mail out the payment and it will create a record of your payments. Most of the payments will be sent out electronically and you will eliminate the chance of ever being late unless you authorized the payment late. It can also be used as another tool to organize your expense records. You can also schedule automatic payments of recurring bills like mortgages, car payments, installment loans, etc. to avoid expensive late fees. You will also save the amount of postage each month since the banks offer free bill payment service.
Credit Card Tip
If you want to use your credit card to keep track of your payments and it is easier than carrying cash you will need to be discipline and move the amount you charged to your credit card bill payment account. You will also want to avoid paying interest on your credit card purchases. You can do this by paying off your credit card monthly. Your credit card has a grace period on new purchases and to take advantage this grace period you must pay your balance in full every month.
Debit Card Tip
By using your debit card instead of cash for transactions will give you an electronic record of what you’ve spent. If you use your debit card for most purchases, you can track your spending through your online banking account. But it is very important to login to your online banking account and make sure you enter your debit card charges into your spending journal. You still need to keep track of your spending to make sure you are within your budget spending limits. It’s just a great way to keep track since it might be tougher to keep track if you use cash and have to save and find the receipt to enter into your budget spending plan.
Impulse Spending Tip
Impulse spending is a big accumulator of debt. It only adds to consumer’s debt as an impulse purchase is usually made on the spot and not thought out if you really need the item you are purchasing. You should try to figure out what your main impulse purchase are and force yourself not to purchase you will be surprised at your savings.
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You can keep track your actual spending on a daily, weekly or monthly to see where the money goes.
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The budget tracker is the tool you enter how much money you actually spend. You can also enter notes on each time you spend money the spending details.