Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Get Out of Debt With These Budget Building Secrets
Many people dread the task of building a budget because they view it as overwhelming and frustrating. But it will make the job easier if you look at it in another way; the only way to financial freedom. Do you feel as though there is no way to get out of the red and into the black, much less plan ahead for your retirement or even a vacation? Are you tired of getting paid on Friday and being broke before you even get home? Do you have tons of useless junk that you wish youd never bought? If this sounds like you, don't fret, because there is good news! There is a lot of helpful information and tools out there for you in different formats. And you can choose which one suits you the best.
One option is to use software tools, they some really easy tool to help with budgeting. A couple of examples of good software are, Quicken and Microsoft Money. They both are great, and come with many options and tools for budgeting. A good money management software will take you through the steps and allow you to create or add to categories of spending so you will be able to look at the annual picture. So that you can be prepared, these types of software, will then break down what you need to look at every month. Money management software helps with your budget because it lets you see your money all in one place, as well as giving you prompts when its time to pay your your bills. Would you like to have payments automatically deducted from your bank account? Some programs will enable you to do just that! This is a great feature if youre trying to build a good credit rating, and want to make sure your payments are sent on time.
As you spend money, you will be able to change the categories in the software; this will allow you get a better picture of where you need to cut back, or where you need to invest more. Many money management software programs often also have companion websites where you can set up an account and further manage your budget or investments.
If you want something besides software, and want to be a little more hands on to get yourself back into the black, you have many options. You can contact a local credit counseling office in your area or online and find out what resources they have available to you. Many offices have free classes on budgeting.
Many people have such a hard time with budgeting because they simply dont know where their money is going! There are some great new websites such as www.MoneyPants.com that help with this issue. These web sites will track all of your spending and then help you set up your goals. There is a low monthly fee to use any website that will help you with this, but they are generally very user friendly, and in the case of Money Pants, even fun to use. You will have access to someone who can answer questions and a message board where you can find a lot of other information. One great feature is that they will email you with reminders when you have a bill due.
As you can see, building a budget doesnt have to be a painful task. If you do it right, you will get to watch, step-by-step how your financial picture changes. Just imagine, you may one day soon be debt free, or even own your own home. The key is to take it one step at a time, do the process in small bites, and be sure to take advantage of all the tools available out there. You will have a better life in no time!