How to Create a Spending Plan For Your Household
For your household to attain its long-term financial goals, you must understand and practice wealth principles in your spending and saving. Knowing where and how you spend your money becomes simple once these principles are adopted. This is why personal wealth education is crucial in our daily financial decisions.
First of all, you have to determine your total day-to-day spending in a month. Determine which of your expenses are necessary and unavoidable, which can be enjoyed once you're financially free and which ones seem like a depreciating liability. A good spending plan allows you to control where you dish out the money you earn.
“Prosperity depends much more on how you spend than on how much you earn.” — Financially Fit CEO, Steve Down
Do you have a spending plan tied to your financial goals? Well, if not, here are some easy steps to create one:
How to create your household spending plan
- Household expenditure audit; list down how much money goes to food shopping, gas, water bills, power bills and other utilities in a month. Find out how much money you (and your partner/spouse) are able to make and pay for all these after paying taxes, deductions like insurance and saving first. Find the total amount you use for subscription services as well as weekend spending.
- Categorize spending; once you have all your listed expenditures, group them. You could use the categories below as an example:
- Cut down on high or unnecessary expenses that drain your income and depreciating liabilities (impulse buying, luxury goods or investments that are no longer earning you more money or bringing value)
- Redirect more money to your savings, debt payments or appreciating assets (resources earning you more money or increase in value over time)
- Review your financial goals and wealth vision
- Align your spending decisions to the financial goals in your wealth vision
Your spending plan is a true reflection of what you have been prioritizing. Regardless of your past, you can still spend your way to wealth by choosing wisely. Let your financial goals guide your spending. This creates spending patterns that allow you to avoid bad debt, clear debt, gain financial security and create wealth.
It is better to spend on luxuries once you have a solid emergency fund worth 3 months of expenses, steady income streams and a good saving habit. Be accountable to yourself regarding your spending habits. Before you decide to purchase or order a service, consider whether it is a necessary, prudent and disciplined way to use your hard-earned cash.
Your commitment to being better may mean saying no to impulse shopping, credit card purchases uncontrolled borrowing or gambling.
Factors to consider when saving from what you spend
Also, remember to identify means of automating your savings. This will help you avoid spending what you don’t have or cannot afford especially with credit payments.
When selecting your savings account, consider the following:
- Ease of access to savings and free maintenance/maintenance charge
- Minimum deposit and favourable Interest rates on savings
- Automation of deposits from your checking account?
- Check the fee schedule. Will you incur fees for normal account management activities?
- Are there extra features that make saving money easier? Some accounts have broader savings management capabilities.
You must set up multiple savings goals, and track your progress against each separately. Your goals should define how much money you plan to have saved, and after what period.
You may begin to feel impatient because of the slow increase in your savings balance. Remember, change takes time, however, there are measures you can take to increase the amount of money saved in the household and grow your savings faster.
- Deposit in a Money Market Fund where the interest rates are generally higher than inflation. This will help you gain interest on your savings
- Set up an automatic savings plan, that saves a certain amount of money at regular intervals especially when you gain additional income streams
- Purchase in bulk and always take deals and offers to your advantage so that the money you would spend goes instead to your savings/investments
Financial literacy helps you manage your household finances, achieve your financial goals and plan your future. Your partner/spouse or your children deserve to understand good money management. This in the end helps us to appreciate the value of money as we spend what we earn
At Financially Fit, we believe financial success begins with you taking charge of your finances. As Financially Fit’s CEO, Steve Down would say, “Prosperity depends much more on how you spend than on how much you earn.”
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