Managing Your MoneySmart ways to budget
Managing Your Money
The Credit Union recognises the challenging financial climate that our members are living through at the moment and notes that there has been a surge in the number of members experiencing financial difficulties.
This year is set to be another year that delivers families and individuals some tough financial challenges. There are of course other factors that can contribute to financial difficulties such as illness, relationship breakdown and many unexpected expenses.
However, this need not mean unnecessary stress and debt. What ever your circumstances are we hope that by encouraging you to look at your finances honestly it will help you highlight where your money is going and start you on the first steps of budgeting and managing your money more effectively.
Budgeting is the key. While most of us find budgeting boring it is absolutely essential – a budget is a plan of money you expect to receive and how you expect to spend it.
A budget is important because it will show you:
- How much money is coming into your household.
- How much money is going out.
- How much you can afford to offer to those you owe money to.
- How you can best plan your spending in the future.
Tips for managing your money
Keep track of your spending. Keep your receipts or take note of what you spend your money on. It will help you understand where your money is going and it might just be an eye opener.
Estimate your income and expenditure for a set period and budget accordingly. But be realistic and don’t underestimate!
Get into the habit of saving. Try to save at least 5% of your regular income for emergencies.
Shop around and get the best deals
There are times in our lives when we run short of funds. If you have to take out a loan, be sure you only borrow what you can comfortably afford to repay. You should match the repayment term to the purpose of the loan i.e. don’t make the mistake of paying off Christmas over a number of years. Best advice is to stay away from credit cards and not to use Money Lenders.
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