Hearing the word ‘budget’ can send many people running for the hills (or the nearest shopping mall in rebellion). Something about hearing that word sets off a red flag in our head that means “restriction,” “lack of freedom,” and “suffering.” Basically it makes us think that we are going to be living with less.
But budgets need not be a bad thing. Having a budget can actually help you to feel in control of your financial situation, particularly if you do not have a lot of wiggle room. A budget can help you in your desire to lead a life of simplicity, serenity, and balance.
In order to rid the budget of its bad rap, I recently did a series on the IdeasForWomen.com site breaking down the basics of budgeting. I tried to make it as simple and easy to understand and implement as possible.
Take a peek at each of these posts to go on your own budgeting journey:
I was previously pretty resistant about using a budget, but now that our financial situation has recently underwent some modifications, I am glad to have had one in place. I am not religious about it like some others are, but it is a good foundation that I rely loosely upon.
Do you use a budget? Do you like it or hate it? Any tips? Please comment below and share with us.