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Making A Family Budget That You Can Stick With

Aug 17, 2007
Some people do a lot of compulsive buying. It may feel good now that the item has been purchased but this will all go away when the bill comes and there isnt that much money left for savings.

Can anything be done to stop this from happening? The answer is yes. All the individual has to do is make a budget plan that everyone in the household will follow.

The objective of the family budget is to spend less than how much the individual is actually earning. This could be from the salaries of the spouses and any other investments such as stocks or properties being leased out which is income generating.

The first step in making a budget is making everyone compute how much is actually being spent per month. This is the only for everyone to realize that spending for example $4.00 a day for coffee is actually $80 a month if the individual does this 5 days a week.

The question then becomes if this is necessary? If the family buys coffee for the home, why not just make it then bring it to work in a mug? The money saved can be spent on paying for credit card bills in full rather than paying the minimum and earning interest.

Some rules must be set when making purchases. If this exceeds for example $300, the spouses must first discuss if this is needed. There might be a similar item available at a cheaper price in another store.

Most stores accept either cash or a credit card in making a purchase. One way to save money is to find out if this can be paid through an installment plan. This will ease the burden of paying for the item if there isn't that much money in the wallet when the bill comes at the end of the month.

Energy conservation is also part of the family budget. If no one is in the room, the lights or even the air conditioner should be turned off. The faucets must also be closed properly so that the amount paid per month to both companies is not that big.

Even before the pending oil crisis, families were encouraged to car pool to get from one destination to another. If the place where the person wants to go is not that far, it will be a good idea to walk, take a bike or rely on public transportation, which can save some money that, was once used for gas.

Most homes have a telephone. If the individual pays more than $50 a month, perhaps it is best to start looking for another carrier that is offering a similar package at a more affordable rate.

Shopping at the grocery doesn't have to be tedious every time. There are some establishments that are cheaper than others and also offer promos to the customer. The person should just drive around the neighborhood and find it.

Many American families give children allowance. This is used to buy food or spent on buying clothes and other items from the mall. Another way to save on money will be reduce the amount given if this is necessary.

The kids will likely complain if a friend gets more in a week so it is best to suggest an option like getting a part time job to offset the cash reduced in the allowance. A few options are mowing the gardens or clearing the gutters of the neighbors, delivering newspaper and even doing some household chores.

A survey has shown a lot of children like this idea because it allows the kid to earn more money that what is usually given at the start of the week.

A study has shown that the average American household spends more than $500 on expenses a month. If there are a lot of children and the house is quite big, this can even exceed $1,000.

The family especially the kids must understand the money does not from trees. The parents have to work or one of the spouses will have to take a second job just to make ends meet.

There are ways to save money like those mentioned above. The challenging part is sticking to the plan especially if some people in the household cannot control the urge to buy something at the spur of the moment.
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Lee Dobbins writes for http://familybudget.biz-review.com where you can get more money saving tips .
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