Quick Tips for Budgeting

Budgeting isn't easy at the best of times but it can be especially challenging when things haven't gone to plan, like giving birth to an unwell preemie baby. We've made a quick tips guide to help you get started.

Tactics to Manage you finance

Be realistic –

aim to cut down rather than aim to make massive changes with your spending. You don’t want to deprive yourself of having fun or enjoying a couple of basic pleasures. There are always areas of spending that you can eliminate or cut back on that aren’t going to have a dramatic change on your day-to-day living.

Focus on the reason for budgeting –

It’s easier to commit to budgeting when you have clear goals.

Keep track of what you’re spending –

there’s no point in setting up a budget unless you’re going to track what you’re actually spending, otherwise you’re not going to know how successful you’re being or if you need to make some adjustments.

Organise some fun things to do each month –

having fun things to look forward to can help you feel positive and energetic. It can be as simple as a picnic at the park or a hiking trip with friends.

Commit to changing bad spending habits –

be aware of past bad habits so you can avoid continuing to make the same mistakes. It’s important to be fully committed to this process or your budget will be very difficult to stick to.

Allow to the unexpected –

make sure you have money put aside for emergencies and unexpected expenses.

Be realistic but not panic if you slip up –

if you do lose focus during the month, acknowledge that you have slipped back into bad habits and recommit to your budgeting goals. Remember changing behaviour is a process, don’t give up, focus and try again.

Reward yourself –

when you achieve your goals at the end of each month, set a reward for yourself. This can help you stick to your goals.

Utilise tools that help you stay focused –

use the free preemiehelp budgeting spreadsheet to help you easily record what you’re spending.

Stay positive –

focus on what you have and what you’ve accomplished not what you’d like to have and what other people possess.a

Good Luck!



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