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7 Practical Tips to Manage the Family Budget From Money Experts
Every couple, every individual, needs a financial plan. Discuss the big picture retirement and college savings and short-term money issues hiring contractors or buying birthday party gifts. Coming up with a spending plan or household budget is extremely important, whether there are one or two paychecks coming in. A single salary must cover the household expenses AND contribute to savings for emergencies and for retirement for both of you.
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Set a limit and stick to it. When it comes to savings, definitely make sure you have your own account. Keep socking money away in your retirement nest egg. Open a Spousal IRA.
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Figure out how much money your family would need to cover child care costs, housekeeping, cooking, etc. Estimate how much life insurance to buy.
Making a budget is a key piece of a strong financial foundation. Having a budget helps you manage your money, control your spending, save more money, pay off debt, or stay out of debt. Without an accurate picture of what's coming into and going out of your bank account, you can easily rely on credit cards and loans to pay your bills.
If you already have a budget, now's a good time to update it. Use a worksheet to help get started in order to complete all the steps below. You can also create your budget worksheet using free spreadsheet programs , including the ones offered by Vertex42 and It's Your Money, or even paper and pen.
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Add up all reliable sources of income: wages from a job, alimony, child support, and more. Notice that word reliable.
If you sometimes get cash from outside jobs or hobbies, but it's not on a regular basis, don't put the money down as income in your budget. Your budget should be a document you can depend on. List all the fixed expenses and the amount of the expense.