How often have you looked back on the budget that you set and thought “I can’t believe I spent that much!” Whether it’s a vacation, a new car, or just an expensive night out, it happens to all of us. It seems as though we are spending more money than what is in our bank account. But here’s the thing- budgets are created for a reason! With this article we will give you tips on how to stick with your budget and not overspend.
Why is it important to stick with your budget and not overspend
It’s important to stick with your budget and not overspend because if you’re relying on one income, you can’t afford to have a credit card bill that’s growing larger. If you come up short on money for rent or food, it can be a really big problem, but if you don’t overspend then that won’t happen. It also makes it easier to keep up with your schedule (important when juggling school and work). I think another good reason is that there are some things (like clothes) that are way more expensive. You don’t want to spend all your money on clothes and then not be able to buy groceries.
How to stick with your budget and not overspend
One of the first things you want to do is figure out how much you earn each month. Next, decide what you can spend on things like groceries, gas, etc. When you go grocery shopping, keep in mind that only buy what you will be able to eat before it expires or grows moldy. Don’t buy more than what your family can actually eat in one sitting!
Instead of buying something new, think if you can use something old or snag it from a thrift shop for cheap! You might find that even with your budget in mind, you still want to treat yourself to something. If you want to buy a new thing, make sure it’s worth the money and not just an impulse purchase!
Another tip was to have two bank accounts: one for spending and another for saving. When putting your paycheck into your savings account put half of what you earn in there as soon as possible so that way when you go to spend money from your spending account you have a little extra.
The other thing is that it’s important to make a list of the things that you want to have in your life and then think about how much money do they cost. This way, you can focus on the most important thing at a time instead of trying to buy everything all at once!
Tips for staying on track financially
The following are some tips for staying on track financially:
1. Track your personal expenses. It’s easy to overspend when you don’t have a detailed record of what you’re spending.
2. Pay off credit card balances as soon as possible. The quicker you pay off your debts, the more money you’ll have available when emergencies happen or you need to make a purchase.
3. Become more mindful of what you buy and resist the urge to splurge on impulse items that aren’t necessary for your budget, whether they be clothes, electronics, or household items like furniture and household goods. Instead, try waiting 24 hours before buying anything new to ensure it’s something that is really needed in your life.
What you can do if you have already overspent in one month or more than one month (i.e., how to get back on track)
If your monthly expenses exceed your income, then cut back on any spending categories and needs that don’t happen every month. That should help with managing your monthly bills and expenses.
If you have a one time expense that is over budget, then look to see where else in your monthly expenses that you can cut back. This may not be an option for those who are living paycheck to paycheck and don’t make enough money each month to cover all of their costs.
For some people, they might consider getting another job. If you can’t get another job, then consider cutting back on your spending in other areas of the budget to make up for overspent in one area.