Taking action can be the hardest part to the entire process. Just getting started is what stops most people dead in their tracks, content with wishing and blaming their situation on anything else. Truth is, if you never take action, you can't ever get past the wishing stage. So how do you get started? You need to first state to yourself that you will take action. Action is what will be required of you to make your financial goals a reality. Next, you need to discuss your plans with someone else. It can be anyone, whether a partner, your children, a friend or even a co_worker. Telling someone about it gives you accountability towards your goals and doesn't let you off the hook for it.
Complete a Budget Worksheet _ I would urge everybody to sit down with a budget worksheet once in awhile. But you really need to do this if you think your finances are out of control. The form should not take that long to fill out either. It is not important for you to be 100% accurate. It is important for you to understand how your family finances are working for you.