Your past attempts to create a budget may have caused you some frustration. These failures were probably due to one of two things: Either you did not include a major expense in your budget or you did not consider the unexpected.
Here are some forgotten expenses that you must absolutely include in the creation of your budget to avoid any financial setback and thus achieve your goals.
Payments of the debt.
Yes, every month, you will make the minimum payment for your loans and credit cards. In this way, you will avoid late fees or worse, an increase in the interest rate. If you can, also give more than the minimum amount every month to reduce the interest paid during the term of your loan or credit card. If you are thinking about paying off your card, consider applying for a personal loan online for the remaining balance. You will repay this loan, easily obtained with a bank account statement and a pay stub, in installments. You will find them easier to manage than credit card payments.
You’ll save at least a little money each month for unexpected things like unexpected repairs or purchases. Ideally, you will have saved a month’s income for these emergencies. You may find it difficult, but if you include this category in your budget, you will go beyond your goal one day or another.
Expenses for your entertainment.
Each month, you use “the rest of your money” to keep you entertained, but you should set aside a specific amount every month for fun. You could use that money to have a drink with friends, go to a restaurant or get tickets for a movie or a concert. You could also include movie subscriptions in this category. Why plan recreation? First, a portion of hard-earned money should be used to enjoy life and provide you with some enjoyment. Secondly, you will easily exceed your financial means in this category if you do not plan them.
Investment / wealth creation.
This is a puzzling category for some people. You can deposit an amount of money in a withdrawal account, in investment funds or in an interest savings account. No need to save a large amount, but logic will convince you not to touch these savings for any reason. If you manage to save month after month, you will end up enriching yourself.
What you do not really need.
You will find it important to differentiate the essential from the non-essential. Of course, you know that food, shelter and other basic elements are essential for living. However, you can consider anything beyond that as unnecessary. If you divide your budget between these two groups, you will easily know where to reduce your expenses. For example, you might decide that things, like taking a coffee outside, owning the cable, and buying new clothes, are in the non-essentials. You do not have to give up these less necessary things, but you will try to find a way to reduce your expenses in these areas.