“A debt problem is, at its core, a budgeting problem.” -Natalie Pace
Lazy men are soon poor; hard workers get rich. -Proverbs 10:4
When it comes to budgeting, you need to be prepared for the worst to happen.
The whole point of a budget is not to restrict what you spend, but to allow yourself to spend money without guilt, regret, or stress.
Student debt is a major, major problem today. There are 44.7 million Americans that have student loan debt. The average amount that people have in student loans is $32,731 with an average monthly payment of $393.
Is a budget really necessary? Yes, and here’s why:
Step One: Spend less than you make.
Step Two: Invest the difference.
Step Three: Repeat steps one and two for a long time.
One of my favorite things to do with my budget is calculate my husband’s and my quarterly net worth. It’s fun to map out the progress that we make toward our financial goals. I started tracking our net worth about a year ago and it has helped guide us in our financial goals and decision making. Tracking our net worth has shown us areas in which we can improve our net worth to work toward financial independence and, ultimately, retirement.
I recently received a request to breakdown my budget funds and what kind of things are covered by each fund. I am going to go in the order that they appear in my budget, so bear with me because I do a budget overhaul at least every year and at this point there is no particular order for the funds.
One of the hosts on one of the podcasts that I listened to once upon a time said that, before starting a budget, people should track their expenses for a month or two to see what they are spending. I understand why it might be appealing to track expenses and spending habits first, but in my opinion, it is more productive to create a budget based on financial goals and adjust spending habits accordingly. One of the purposes of having a budget is to assist in achieving financial goals by restricting unnecessary or frivolous spending.