So you’ve got a budget… very cool!

I get a fuzzy feeling when my budget is written and my wife and I agree upon it. However, I get a sick feeling a month later when I learn that we did not stay within our budget.

Going over budget in one or more areas creates a shortage in others. In other words, something is not getting paid.

In This Episode, We Look At:

Choosing a preferred method to write and track your budget.

If you have not yet developed a budget, we invite you to listen to Episode 14, “A Biblical Approach to Money Management.”

A budget should be mutually agreed upon (spouses) and flexible.

Pay the big bills via auto-pay, assuring they get paid, and on time.

Mortgage, Auto loan, and Health Insurance are some examples.

Decide which budget items can be paid with cash, eliminating the chance of over-spending; if the grocery budget this week is $200 bring only $200 in cash and resist using your debit or credit card.

Schedule a regular interval for sitting down and reviewing your progress (weekly is advised when this is new to you).

Inspect what you expect

Resources and Links:

There are several budgeting programs available, and more are being developed on a regular basis. As of the date of this recording, a few rise to the top:

YNAB (not an affiliate)

Mint

Improve Your Faith and Finances:

Purpose to control your dollars, so that they do not control you. Decide where your dollars should go, write out that plan (budget) and follow it, checking your progress weekly.

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