More Services. I am old enough to remember the days when families had one phone number. One phone number meant one phone bill. Now almost everybody carries a cell phone, and we still have a home phone. Our phone bills have doubled or tripled. We also have cable TV and internet services to pay for. These used to be luxuries, but now we rely upon them. _ Busy Lives. We are very busy these days, and it seems challenging to fit in everything we want to do.. Because of this, we tend to eat out more. When we do eat in, we rely upon expensive convenience foods. With rising prices, it is hard enough to keep the price of groceries under control. But now we are spending a lot more on food.
Mistake _ Not Planning for Upcoming Expenses _ When you are creating a monthly budget it is always helpful to save a certain amount of money for a given category even if you don't have that expense for the given month. For example, let's say you pay your car insurance every six month. It is important to take your payment and divide it by six. Then, each month you will want to save that amount so you have the insurance payment when it comes due instead of trying to come up with the whole amount in one given month. If you can do this for as many periodic expenses as possible, it will be easier to have a balanced budget each month.