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The Benefits of A Financial Budget - Better Life

Aug 17, 2007
Why do so many people fight the mere thought of living a budget-based life so much? For many, living on a budget feels like giving up the good life, when in reality, a budget brings the good life even closer.

Buy it now - pay for it later. Whether you're buying new furniture, new clothes, or a new car, the ability to buy whatever you want, whenever you want, with little or no thought to paying for it later, is causing a real problem with debt these days. Financial experts estimate that nearly every American household is carrying between $5,000 and $10,000 worth of credit card debt alone! Few strive live within their means anymore. Today's spender has no use for a budget that may restrict (or delay), a purchase. Budgets may seem old fashioned, but the truth remains: budgets have their benefits:

Budgets Help You Prepare For The Future.
Eventually, everyone needs a nest egg. Whether it's for a homeowner's emergency; to pay unexpected medical bills; to put your children through college; or to use in your retirement years, we all need to set a portion of our income aside for the future. Most investment experts recommend saving a minimum of 10% of your net worth in variety of accounts.

Budgets Reduce Stress and Marital Strife.
Money shouldn't cause divorce, but the statistics are clear: it does! Debt causes more arguments and stress in the American household than virtually anything else. Learning how to responsibly spend (and save) your money together cannot only benefit your future, it can help build a better relationship.

Budgets Give You Freedom.
Who wouldn't love the freedom to go on a three-week trip across Europe with little care as to how to pay for it; or pay cash for a brand new car? Budgeting isn't s sprint; it's an endurance race. Long-term budgeting can help you save enough for those huge ticket items that normally would seem out of reach.

Budgets Create A Sense of Accomplishment.
There's nothing quite like the feeling when you begin to cross off bills from your monthly expense list. Paying off consumer debt; tackling long-term loans; and saving for something extra special, can all help build your self-confidence and feelings of self worth. Budgeting doesn't just help you take control of your finances; it helps you take control of your life!

These are just a few of the many benefits a good budget can do for you. Debt has become a serious problem for many households. Controlling that debt, and learning to live within an acceptable budget can be a very freeing exercise.
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