Any household budget consists of two main components: income and expenditure. To have a successful budget and healthy finances, it is important to follow one basic rule: expenses should never exceed your income. This is also known as “living within your means.” Once you have decided that you need a successful budget, it is simple to do but it requires discipline. To start you simply look at your accumulated debts as the enemy standing in the way of your goals (buying a new car, owning a home, going on a trip, saving for retirement). Try to get rid of these debts as quickly as possible. Return the money you borrowed and then kiss those credit cards goodbye! Now, stick to your household budget as if your life depended on it. Living within your means is the first step towards financial freedom and the stability of your dreams.
The optimal household budget includes both management of expenses and handling of profits. All proceeds should be assessed for the risks they bear. For example, in which currency to keep your savings and what will happen to them if the dollar value decreases. Do not forget about the market risk if you invest the family savings in stocks or mutual funds. A rational approach is to make sure that your income is not heavily dependent on the situation of the stock exchange. Especially in uncertain times like these, having your money tied up in the ever-changing stock market can be a major risk that you may not be in a position to take.
The second part of the household budget, expenses, is more painful and often exceeds income. In the battle for the family budget, the most important aspect is knowledge of your spending and planning. Having an awareness of your spending habits creates a guide for smarter spending. For those just beginning their household budget, start with the bookkeeping of all your expenditures. Divide the household expenses into two parts, necessary and desirable. Necessary expenses include housing, food, clothing, and medical care. Desirable expenses include eating out, hobbies, interests, and savings. Keeping an accurate record over the course of a few months will give you an average of what you spend in each area every month. Use this as a road map to make some necessary cuts. This part will be painful, but it is necessary on your road to financial freedom!
Independent ModelAn independent model of a family budget provides for the disposal of cash earned by each household member. It is where each individual family member creates their own personal budget. This budget works best when used as a complement to a family budget. This model can suit newlyweds, couples with equal income, as well as those who prefer to be independent. It works the same way. List all your incomes and expenses. Examine what is essential and what is desirable, then make appropriate cuts.
Planning for the household budget
Below is an example of how household funds may be distributed:
- 50% – basic expenses, food, and home maintenance costs
- 10% – charity
- 10% – freedom fund or investment
- 10% – savings for large purchases or travel
- 10% – entertainment and fun
- 10% – unforeseen expenses
In fact, there are a variety of distribution options that you can follow when crafting your family budget plan.
Planning a family budget is necessary and useful. It helps to avoid thoughtless spending and ensures that at the end of the month, you always have money. However, sometimes there are unforeseen situations, and you may have to tighten the belt. Identify your goals and rely on them for motivation to continue spending and saving wisely.About Complete Controller® – America’s Bookkeeping Experts Complete Controller is the Nation’s Leader in virtual bookkeeping, providing service to businesses and households alike. Utilizing Complete Controller’s technology, clients gain access to a cloud-hosted desktop where their entire team and tax accountant may access the QuickBooks™️ file, critical financial documents, and back-office tools in an efficient and secure environment. Complete Controller’s team of certified US-based accounting professionals provide bookkeeping, record storage, performance reporting, and controller services including training, cash-flow management, budgeting and forecasting, process and controls advisement, and bill-pay. With flat-rate service plans, Complete Controller is the most cost-effective expert accounting solution for business, family-office, trusts, and households of any size or complexity.