More and more people are trying to create a budget to live by these days with the state of the economy. However, many people have never creating a budget before and are doing so for the first time. When you are creating a budget there are three common mistakes that you will want to avoid and they are listed below. _ Mistake _ Not Knowing Exactly What You Spend in Each Category _ It is extremely difficult to create a working budget if you first don't know how much you typically spend in each expense category. This is why it is very important to track your spending for 30 days before creating a monthly budget. You will be surprised by how much you actually spend in each expense area.
Include all variable expenses now, car maintenance, electricity, heating, these can vary throughout the year you need to calculate them and come up with an average monthly amount. None essential expenses like eating out coffee at Starbucks, weekend getaways, extravagant vacations, fancy clothing, motorcycles, ATV's, if you use them, write them down, realize these are wants, not needs. Now total these all up, fixed expenses, variable expenses, and non_essential expenses,there you now have your total expenses.