More budget tips
TIP 4: Have a goal
Decide exactly why you want to save money. What are you saving for and how much will you need? This way you can see the benefit of your budget. For instance, I am saving up to take a train ride from Melbourne up to Alice Springs and on to Darwin at Christmas time. I know how much I need and know that if I stick to the budget I will have enough to go. It really is a great incentive to keep saving.
TIP 5: Reward yourself
Your budget will be that much easier to achieve if you reward good behaviour. If you finish the week under budget, put some of the remaining money towards something you really want. Oh, and use the rest to top up your savings!
TIP 6: Pay yourself first
At the start of your budget week take however much of your income you wish to save and put it out of reach (in a savings account, in a sealed money jar, etc.). That way it won't be lying around tempting you to spend it.
TIP 7: Keep it simple
It may seem that making a successful budget (by following my tips, of course) is going to be horribly complicated, with lots of book keeping required. This is not really the case. Which is lucky, since the more complicated a budget the less likely that you'll stick to it.
In a typical week, here is how I manage my budget. My scholarship gets paid into my current account. I then take out $230. I put $25 into a sealed tin marked holiday money. I put $75 into a sealed tin marked savings. I then use the remaining $130 to live off for the week. I don't have any written plan of how I spend this $130 - I just informally decide how to allocate the money based on what events are happening that week. And that's basically it. I pay rent direct from my checking account and I periodically empty my savings tin and deposit it in a savings account.
The setup of the budget can be as complicated as you like, since you only have to do it once. But once you've done it, make sure the resulting budget is really easy to follow.
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