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.
Most of us went all the way through school with little or no education on how to budget money. We learned a lot of useless stuff and evidently money was rated below that. Why don't they teach this in school well it could be because very few people have learned how to budget money including teachers. _ There are three things you need to know before you can even start to set up a budget. You need to know your income, you need to know your expenses,, and then you have to make adjustments so that your income is greater than your expenses. Pretty straightforward stuff right? Except very few people actually budget their money.