Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Personal Budgets That Work

Budgets do a lot of good, but you probably heard that already. If budgets do so much good, then why do we avoid them? 

Budgets are like exercise and eating right. We know diet and exercise is good for us. We know diet and exercise will help us be better people. We know the amazing benefits that happens when we follow a diet and exercise. Yet, we don't. It is easier, and more rewarding in the short term to gorge ourselves and sit and surf the interwebs. 

Budgets suffer the same stigma like diet and exercise. We know the benefits, but the discipline and work involved to maintain a budget or dieting or exercise scares us to accept the short term pleasures in lieu of long term success.

How do we make a budget work? If you're single and you have a money spending issue, then get someone who you trust and is responsible. Make them your "sponsor" and submit yourself to their direction and oversight. Some churches offer budget counselors to help in this area. 

Married couples need to be on the same boat. If one person controls the creation and maintaining of the budget, make sure to do weekly budget meetings with the other spouse. The reason is to make sure that everyone is clear on where the money goes during the week. This will prevent one person having all the control and keeping the other spouse in the dark.

The last thing you should do is get a budgeting program. If you read my other posts, you'll  know I'm a fan of YNAB. The cost for YNAB is $60 dollars but you can get $6 dollars off by following this link. While $60 dollars may be a lot of money, just remember YNAB offers a 34 day free trial, and if you follow the rules in YNAB, the money you'll save will  pay for the cost of the program.