Tip _ Track you spending _ Tracking your spending for 30 days before creating a budget will give you the concrete numbers of how much you spend in each expense category every month. Many people are surprised to see how all the little purchases at up at the end of the month. By knowing how much you typically spend in each expense category you can now plan those expenses for the next month in your budget. _ Tip _ Plan for periodic expenses _ When creating a monthly budget that actually works you will need to plan ahead for periodic expenses such as car insurance (if not paid monthly), yearly car registration, gift giving, school shopping, and insurance deductibles just to name a few. If you estimate these expenses for the year and then divide by 12 you will get an amount that you can save each month for these expenses.
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.