If you’ve decided to turn things around this year with a new budget, chances are good that at least part of you is freaking out. Unfortunately, you’ll find that sticking to a budget is much harder than making the budget. In order to see the financial future that you dream about come to life, you’re going to have to go with a strong budget. That’s just the way it is. You cannot think about getting a great new financial life and then spend money any way you want to. That part of your life has to come to an end.
People are often shocked at the level of emotion that comes into play when they really step back and look at their financial lives. They might feel; deprived because other people around them aren’t saving that much money. The reality here is that you cannot judge your entire future based on what other people are doing.
When I was in college, it was hard to stay focused while all of my friends were staying up at all hours of the night. It was hard to keep up with my schoolwork when I felt like the only person studying before the big tests. However, when I graduated and didn’t see those friends that partied like crazy, I felt pretty good about myself. I knew that I had things I wanted to do with my life, and that’s perfectly fine. It’s just a matter of making sure that you are following your own goals.
If you’re dreaming about a house, you already know that you’re going to need to put down a deposit. You just can’t go through anything in the UK if you’re not putting down honest money for the deposit. It’s a sign to the lender that you’re actually ready to be a homeowner. You have to remember that it’s not about what you want anymore — you’re building your future! You’re going to have to think about all of the different repairs on the home as well. Those aren’t going to be cheap. So the more that you can save now, the less you will have to worry about in the future.
Some people aren’t wired naturally to think about the long term side of life. They’re usually too busy thinking about all of the short term fun that they’re missing out on.
If you’re worried that you’re going to miss something merely because you got rid of your cable subscription, don’t worry. Why not look at streaming television subscriptions? This is a great way to keep watching all of the shows you like without paying a super high bill. It’s going to be up to you to make little substitutions like that.
Go easy on yourself if you’re going to build a good budget. You might think that you should swoop in and just make big reductions. This might stick for a few weeks, but you’re bound to go off plan and spend a lot more money than you expect.
Don’t try to do it on your own. Get someone on your team that you like, know, and trust. You need to have it be someone that will actually hold you accountable. If you look up to them or otherwise admire them in some fashion, chances are good that you’re going to stick to what you said you would do.
Keeping a budget is tough, especially when other people aren’t thinking that way about their lives. But it will pay off in the long run big time when you are free to do what you want to do, while everyone else around you admires how you managed to pull it off! Good luck!