Budgeting, like dieting, doesn’t work because folks don’t embed it in their lifestyles. Usually, it’s a chore that a finance person recommends. Is there a better alternative to achieve the goals of budgeting? Most people spend and then try to save what is left, usually, not much, if any. Take Warren Buffet’s advice, “Do not […]
Budget remaining at year-end? What happens then? First, understand what a budget isn’t. It is not a bucket to accumulate funds for various activities. Neither is it a straitjacket, nor a scheme to show what we can’t do. A budget is a highly directed tool designed to achieve specific goals. It is our best estimate […]
Is budgeting in today’s economy different from budgeting at other times? It isn’t; but the state of global economies today will exacerbate the effects of not budgeting or sloppy budgeting. These ten tips will guide you to safety as you budget in today’s economy under the Lord’s direction.
The so-called holiday shopping season, pre-Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Christmas (November and December) is here, and merchants are thrilled about expected improvements to their financial results. They know their deals, sales, and enticements will bait naive consumers to spend, and spend, and spend. And voilà! Their financial statements will sparkle. How do consumers prepare to withstand merchants seduction? Stress test your finances today.
They think the budget will control them; however, once folks realize a budget simply is their best estimates of resources needed to do future goals and plans, their misapprehensions tend to fade. These seven things a budget isn’t, cause people to shy away from doing a budget resulting in dire consequences:
Often we hear, “bigger is better, more is better,” which drives folks to the fast track for growth. However, sometimes more is a curse; it all depends on your attitude! These five tips for setting and living in a budget on a fixed income will steer you from the precipice.
Budgets produce figures that managers try to ‘control.’ They don’t realize they must focus on input elements that produce the numbers. Before doing the budget, front line and other managers need to identify critical control elements to track during the budgeting period.
A budget is an essential guide to reach specific goals. It is helpful to prioritize scarce resources. Every student should work with a budget. With effective budgeting, students will experience at least three significant benefits that will lead to predicted financial positions to start their careers.
Simply, a budget is a personal lifestyle Global Positioning System (GPS)—a tool to guide decisions to move living standard from point ‘A’ to ‘B’ wisely. As with a GPS, we start where we are and then travel to defined destinations. If we do not use correct starting and ending points, we will be lost.
After surrendering your financial debt burden to the Lord and developing a zero-based budget, you are ready to start living in that budget. Envelope budgeting is your ideal complementary tool to prevent more debt.