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A personal budget can be a very powerful financial tool that will help you balance your checkbook, pay your bills on time, save money for the future and pay down existing debt. Many people avoid creating a personal budget because they do not understand the elements that go into making a budget effective. Once you know what goes into creating a budget, the rest of the process becomes easier.
When you include your income in a personal budget, you need to include all of your income. When it comes to creating a spending and savings plan, there is no such thing as your own stash of money. You can create ways to save money for future purchases and emergencies, but include all sources of income in your budget.
A budget is a dynamic tool that changes from month to month. When you get ready to put your budget together for the upcoming month, include all of your bills. This includes one-time bills such as those flowers you sent to your wife last month or the book club you joined. Include every bill so that all of your money can be accounted for.
This is where many personal budgets go wrong. You need to include all of your expenses and develop budget numbers for those expenses as well. Food, gasoline, money into savings, home repairs, auto repairs and entertainment money should all be given budget numbers every month and you should stay within those numbers no matter what.
Use a personal budget to help you get your finances together and build your savings account.