Follow these steps and you’ll be a budgeting pro in no time.
1. Figure out your goals. Figure out your long-term and short-term goals. Goal-driven budgeting will get you where you financially want to be faster.
2. Track your current spending. Categorize your spending by bills, food, childcare, after-school activities, insurance, medical bills, etc. Think about where you can make realistic changes.
3. Make your goals an expense item in your budget. When you make your goals an expense item, you’ll be able to reach your goals every month without going over budget.
4. Keep track, be flexible, and always include savings in your budget. Make a flexible, realistic budget that works for you. Set your goals, and keep those in mind every time you use your debit card. Be prepared for unexpected expenses by having an emergency savings fund.
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