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.
A goal without a plan is just a wish.
The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets. -Proverbs 21:20 (Living Bible)
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:
The word “disinterest” is actually too mild to describe my feelings toward paying interest. Quite frankly, I really hate paying interest. On anything! Mortgages, auto loans, credit cards, anything! Paying interest, in my opinion, is a complete waste of net worth.
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.
Survive today, prepare for tomorrow, have fun. In that order. What exactly does that mean with regard to budgeting?