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Budgeting. Just How Important is it?

Every person at one time or another has attempted the daunting task of creating a budget. Usually, it goes well for a couple of weeks and then that well thought out budget is at the back of your mind. That budget you initially worked so hard on was thrown to the wind for one reason or another. Something everyone should realize is how important a budgeting is.
Budgeting allows you to prioritize your expenses, plan them accordingly, and focus on the things that are most important to you. It allows you to create a spending plan that ensures you will always have enough money to cover your expenses. The hardest part of budgeting is sticking to it. It is easy to make a plan and implementing it, however, sticking to that plan can be hard.
A budget is beneficial especially if you have already gotten yourself into a financial rut. We see it countless times, people living above their means and taking out loans or using credit cards to keep up. A budget is one of those financial lessons that we know you are sick of hearing; however, it cannot be preached enough. If you are still not convinced that having a budget is a good idea, here are five good reasons why you should have and stick to a budget.

  1. It Helps You See The Light at The End of The Tunnel.
    A budget will help you figure out your long-term goals and work towards them.
  2. It Keeps you from Being Frivolous.
    We are all guilty of spending money that we do not have. A budget will keep you out of these sticky situations.
  3. Helps You Prepare for Emergencies
    You know that “rainy day fund” that we keep around for emergencies; a budget will ensure those funds are available when an emergency happens.
  4. It Points Out Bad Habits
    Building a budget forces you to take a close look at your spending habits. By doing that, you will be able to recognize areas of spending that need improvement.
  5. It Helps You Sleep
    With a budget, you will know exactly how much you have to spend that month, and you will not lay awake at night worrying about your expenses.

Written by: Rebecca Kidd

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