How to Create a Monthly Budget

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September 16, 2021

Having a budget can help you stay on track financially and achieve your goals. When you have a budget, you can also plan ahead to make sure you have enough money for unexpected expenses, such as car repairs or veterinary bills. If you’re not sure where to get started, the following tips on creating a monthly budget can help you out. 

Determine Your Income 

When starting your budget, you should figure out how much income you bring in each month. This should include your net income and any other sources of income you have. Once you know how much your monthly income is, you can begin focusing on your spending habits.  

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Keep Track of Your Spending 

As you work out a monthly budget, keep track of your spending, including your monthly expenses and other purchases. Knowing how much you typically spend per month can help you determine how much of your income you have available to save. Keep in mind that you should aim to set money aside each month to cover unexpected expenses. You can keep track of your spending by going over your monthly bills and receipts for groceries and other purchases. 

Prioritize Your Finances 

When you’re creating your budget, you’ll need to prioritize your finances. This step can help you cut back on the amount you spend on non-essential expenses, such as food deliveries. Your financial priorities should include essential expenses, such as mortgage or rent, utility bills, car payments, insurance, and groceries. Prioritizing these expenses helps ensure that you always have enough money to cover them. After your essential expenses, you can prioritize your finances based on your financial goals, such as saving up for a vacation or redecorating your house. 

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Try a Common Budget Rule 

To help you plan your budget, consider trying the 50/30/20 rule for your income. This rule involves using 50 percent toward essential expenses and 30 percent toward non-essential spending. The remaining 20 percent can go into your savings account. You might need to make slight adjustments to the percentages depending on your income and expenses. For example, you might be able to put more than 20 percent toward savings and spend less than 30 percent on non-essential expenses. 

Review Your Budget Regularly 

Creating a budget doesn’t mean you have to continue using those exact numbers each month. You might find that your spending habits or your essential expenses change from time to time. You should review your budget regularly to see if you’re still able to use it or if changes are needed. You can always adjust your budget based on your current circumstances. 

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Get Help Creating Your Monthly Budget 

If you need expert advice to help you create your budget, contact Greenberg Financial Group. We can provide you with guidance and money management tips to help you build the right budget for your financial situation. 

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