Saturday, May 12, 2007

Personal Finance - The Benefits of A Budget

Why is it so many of us hate the idea of living a budget-based life? I suppose it's because living within a budget feels like we are depriving ourselves of some of the good things in life, when actually, a budget can bring the good life even closer.

Whether you are purchasing new clothes, a new piece of furniture, or a new automobile, the power to purchase anything you want, whenever you want, with little thought to paying for it in the future, is getting to be a real problem with debt these days. Financial pundits calculate that almost every American household is bearing between $4,000 and $9,000 worth of credit card debt alone! It seems there are few people who live within their means anymore. Today's spendthrift has no time for a budget that might restrict a purchase. Budgets might appear outmoded, but the fact remains: budgets do have benefits:

A Budget Can Reduce Marital Strife.

Statistics show that money problems can cause divorce. Debt causes more arguments and stress in the household than just about anything else. Discovering how to responsibly use your money together can assist in building a better relationship.

A Budget Can Help You Build For The Future.

Sooner or later, everybody needs a nest egg. Whether it's for a householders emergency; or to settle unexpected medical bills; to put your kids through school; or to use in your retirement, we all need to put a percentage of our income away for the future. A lot of investment experts advocate putting away at least 10% of your net worth into several different accounts.

Budgets Can Make You Feel Good.

There Is nothing quite like the feeling when you start to strike off bills from your expense list each month. Paying off consumer debt; confronting long-running loans; and saving for something special, can all assist in building your self-confidence and your feeling of self worth. Budgeting does not just aid you take charge of your finances; it helps you take charge of your whole life!

To sum up, these are just some of the numerous benefits that making and sticking to a good budget can bring you. Personal debt has become a major problem for many people. Taking control of that debt, and learning to exist inside a reasonable budget can be very rewarding.

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James said...

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