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Hidden Financial Expenses

Aug 18, 2007
They say money makes the world go round. Some people also say money is the root of all evil when in fact it is the love of money is the root of all evil.

The fact of the matter is money affects us all, both beggar and king. Whether you struggle to make ends meet and do not have two cents to rub together or whether you have more money than sense your life is dependant on how you manage your finances.

Quite often people with lots of money are very thrifty and are not inclined to splash out on whimsical purchases which is probably why they have lots of money to begin with.

On the other hand people who are hard up for cash will often adopt a devil may care attitude and go on a spending spree should they be fortunate enough to come into some money based on the ethos that it is easy come, easy go and to spend it while they have got it.

The best approach to managing finances is to have a balanced and structured budget which incorporates all of your expenditure together with reserves in place for any unexpected expense which may crop up along the way.

Money is not only there to pay for your essentials like food, bills and a mortgage but also to bring a little joy to your life. It is just as important to include things like holidays into your yearly budget and finances for treats for you and your loved ones.

When budgeting your finance for your household this ideally should be done on a monthly account with a breakdown for weekly expenditure. Many people simply make a list of all there bills such as electric, gas, water and so on but forget to include hidden or incidental expenses like lottery money, dry cleaning and money paid to charity.

If you work in an office you will likely have to pay for collections when people are leaving or it is there birthday, charity events, lottery syndicates, sandwiches, and your suit to be dry cleaned all of which are expenses that you would not consider or probably overlook when doing your monthly accounts.

Another aspect people normally under estimate are the true costs of owning a vehicle. People generally fail to accurately detail the cost of running a car and will quite often make the mistake of just accounting for petrol costs rather than taking into account insurance, tax, petrol, the cost of the MOT together with maintenance and servicing, car washes and breakdown cover to name a few. When properly estimated these running costs can have a serious effect on your finances and if you are a two car family then the cost will need to be doubled.

Therefore it is very important to think very hard about every dime that is spent as it is normally the incidentals that will mess up your overall financial plan.
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Allen Jesson writes for several sites that specialize in Loans Finance & Insurance, Debt Consolidation and Refinancing
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