A realistic budget is based on your actual income and expenditures. Determine how much income you truly have coming into your household accounts from any source, whether salary, rental income or other sources. Your total household expenses should never exceed your total household income.
Determine your household’s expenditure. List each thing you purchase. This should be very thorough. Don’t forget to add in car repair costs and insurance premiums. Remember to include the can of soda you get at work and eating out. You need to also include other incidental expenses, such as the money you spend on babysitters. It is important to make an effort to include everything you actually spend money on when you make this list.
Now that you know exactly where your money is coming in and going out, you can begin making a new budget. You should start by eliminating small, unnecessary spending habits that can quickly add up to substantial expenses. Always think of cheaper alternatives when making a budget. For instance, is the high-end daily coffee you buy on the way to work that much better than what you can make at home? Compare and decide. It is really up to you to decide how much you want to compromise. Eradicating this expensive, unnecessary spending can be a great start.
Bring down your bills each month by repairing and tuning up your home. Newer models of dishwashers and washing machines use less water and electricity; this adds up to significant savings over time. An excellent replacement for a tank heater is a water heater that is either on-demand or in-line. This will decrease your water bill. Also, check your home for any leaky pipes, as these could be costing you in water bills.
Consider investing in energy smart appliances. You’ll save money by using energy smart appliances because they use less energy. You should also unplug unused electrical devices when they are not in use. Items with indicator lights can burn up a lot of energy over time.
If you invest in a new roof and add insulation to your home, it will make it more energy efficient. This saves money on heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.
Some of these things may cost a lot at first but it is worth it. The money that you spend on these type of upgrades are quickly recuperated in the savings that you will see in your utility bills. The long-term result is that you will gain increased financial freedom.