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.
You should be able to document your income, expenses, and (hopefully) savings every month. If your income minus expenses is a positive number, you can relax a little. You still may want to work on your budget so you can save more for an emergency or retirement. If that number comes out negative, you could be in big trouble. Spending more money than you make means you must rely on credit. In turn, this means you are setting yourself up for more trouble because those credit card payments will get higher every month.