Why You Need a Monthly Budget Planner

March 10, 2023 5 min read

Welcome, team! Today, we need to talk about the importance of using a monthly budget planner.

Think of your finances as a game. You're the star player, and your money is the ball. But just like any game, you need a game plan to win. That's where a monthly budget planner comes in. It's like the playbook that helps you stay on track and score big financial victories.

Without a budget planner, it's like playing basketball without a hoop. Sure, you can dribble around and pass the ball, but where are you headed? How will you score? A monthly budget planner gives you a goal to aim for and a plan to get there.

Not only that, but a budget planner helps you stay accountable to yourself. It's like having a coach who tracks your progress and helps you improve your skills. You'll be able to see where you're spending too much and where you need to tighten up your defense.

So, whether you're a seasoned financial pro or a rookie just starting out, a monthly budget planner is essential. It's the key to winning the game of personal finance and achieving your financial goals. Let's huddle up and get started.

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Find Your Starting Point

Starting out isn’t the fun part; pro athletes succeed by assessing themselves and where they are in relation to their goals. You need to know your total debt load to get started.

Don't be intimidated, though. This isn't the finish line, it's just the beginning of the game. By tracking your progress and keeping an eye on your debt reduction, you'll stay motivated and make steady progress.

If you're overspending, decide where you're going to cut back. This keeps you from overspending before you spend anything. This is like keeping your team focused on the end goal. If you're off course, it's up to you to adjust and keep everyone moving forward.

So grab your budget planner and let's get started. Add up all your credit cards and loans and write down your total debt load. Commit to tracking your progress over the next year. Every month, update your debt total and how much you've paid off. You'll be amazed at how good it feels to see your progress in black and white.

Plan for the Unexpected

Let’s face it, life can throw us some curveballs. That's why it’s important to be ready for anything that comes our way, financially speaking. That's where planning for the unexpected comes in. 

So, how can you prepare for the unexpected? You need to create an emergency fund. Think of it like a cushion that will protect you if you have unexpected expenses, like a car breakdown or a medical bill.

Now, I know it can be tough to find extra money to put aside, but trust me, it's worth it. Every little bit helps! And don’t worry, you don’t need to find thousands of dollars overnight.Even if it’s small, choose an amount to save every month and keep building.

Track your progress in your budget planner. You can use the "Emergency Fund" section to keep track of your savings and set a goal for how much you want to have in there. And remember, you never know when the unexpected will happen, so the sooner you start, the better.


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Prioritize Your Expenses

it’s time to talk about prioritizing your expenses. 

For example, if you have limited funds and need to decide between paying your water bill or going out for a fancy dinner, I think we all know what the right choice is!

But in all seriousness, when you’re working with a limited budget, it’s important to prioritize your expenses based on what’s most important. That means making sure you have the essentials covered first, like food, housing, and transportation. After that, you can start looking at other things that are important to you, like entertainment, travel, or a gym membership.

Of course, everyone’s priorities are different, and that’s okay! The key is to identify what’s most important to you and your family, and make sure you’re allocating your resources accordingly to reach financial wellness. That might mean cutting back on some expenses that aren’t as important to you, or finding creative ways to save money even on the things you love.

Budget Every Single Month

We're talking about budgeting every single month. And I mean every. Single. Month. This is like practicing your drills before the big game. You wouldn't go out on the field without practicing first, would you?

Here's how you do it: start by writing down your take-home pay in your budget planner. Then, categorize all of your expenses, the most important first, then the amount you want to save each month, then the fun things like eating out and shopping. 

Subtract each expense from your take-home pay until you hit zero (going negative would mean you plan to spend more than you make). Once you hit zero, you've told every penny of your income where to go. This includes every bill, all miscellaneous spending cash, and everything in between.

Now, I know that budgeting every month can feel like a hassle. But trust me when I say that it's essential to healthy long-term financial success. There is no real shortcut for this, but I promise, it will get faster and easier as you do it from month to month. Just like how your muscles get stronger the more you practice, your budgeting skills will improve the more you practice.

Set Goals, Schedule Your Bills, and Track Your Progress

talk about how you can set some financial goals and track your progress using a budget planner.

Just like in sports, setting goals is essential to winning. Without goals, it's tough to know where to focus your efforts, and it's even harder to tell if you're making progress. So, take a few minutes to think about what you want to accomplish financially. Maybe you want to pay off a credit card, save up for a vacation, or just build up an emergency fund. Whatever it is, write it down in your budget planner and keep it somewhere you can see it every day.

Next, it's time to schedule your bills. This means putting all of your bills on a calendar, so you know when they're due and when you need to pay them. It might seem tedious, but trust me, it's worth it. Scheduling your bills will help you avoid late fees and make sure you don't accidentally miss a payment.

Finally, let's talk about tracking your progress. Just like in sports, keeping score is crucial to improving. In your budget planner, make sure you're recording how much you're spending and how much you're saving each month. This will help you see how you're doing over time and make adjustments as needed. And don't forget to celebrate your victories along the way! Consider treating yourself to a small reward for hitting a financial goal. Within your budget, of course.

Getting Your Budget Planner

Alright, team, we've gone through all the steps of using a monthly budget planner and now it's time to wrap things up. Remember, just like any sport, practicing and keeping up with your budgeting game is crucial for success. But you’ll need a budgeting planner:get them here.

Not quite ready to get started? Don't worry, that's what we're here for at Financial Footwork! We offer personalized financial coaching to help you reach your goals and become a budgeting superstar. Plus, we also offer our very owncourses to get you started and help you stay on track with your budgeting.

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