Many people let their finances run away from them. They go with the flow and hope that everything will work out for them. It’s a fact that most people spend 10% more than they earn! Therefore if you have major financial obligations it is well worthwhile setting up some type of budgeting system to ensure all of your payments are made accurately and on time.
In fact if you are preparing to purchase a home it is advisable to do this in advance. This will give you a realistic figure on which to base your expected monthly payment, its inpact on your expenses and also the type of home you can afford. The beauty of a budget is that it will prevent financial disasters and ensure that you have the money available for things you really want.
Now preparing a budget is not a minor task. You need to get all members of your household involved as you gather information . You should document current monthly loan payments (car etc), fixed monthly expenses (insurance, school fees etc), variable monthly expenses (utilities, food, repairs etc), variable one off expenses (taxes, medical, dental etc). Then you should also work out your personal expenses (travel, vacation, entertainment etc).
You can look through your past years bank statements, credit card statements, credit reports etc to find much of this information. Now one you have noted all the payments you make you can compare it to your monthly income. Most people have no idea how their spending relates to their income.
If you find that your spending is greater than your income then you need to look at ways to cut back on this. Compare items that you need and distinguish them from items you want. Things that you need such as food, car etc are items that are necessary for living. Items that you want such as a boat, new phone etc are more luxury items that are not really necessary.
Look at big ticket items such as your car, mortgage etc and determine if there is any way to cut back. Look at options to refinance your mortgage and a lower interest rate. Could you downsize your vehicle? Do you really need two cars? Shop around for insurance or go with a higher deductable. Purchase generic items as opposed to brands when shopping for food or clothing.
These are all things you should consider if your spending exceeds your income. Also make sure to discuss the household budget with your family members to make sure they participate in reducing costs.
Information prepared by Mortgage Payment Calculator helping you to determine you financial options with home ownership.