Budgeting is always a good idea because this way you can control your financial resources and expenses. But there are a few mistakes that can make a budget go awry. If you don’t want this to happen, make sure you avoid the following ones.
Making it too strict
Even though budgeting is not fun at all, the feeling you get when starting it is quite exciting because you believe you can spare a lot of money. Because of this feeling, many Aussies tend to make a budget they cannot afford or respect because it’s too strict.
Many articles advise people to use the money in order to achieve the things they want, but in most cases, they also recommend to cut the budget allocated for fun, discretionary spending, or indulgences. When reading such an article and being excited to spare more for your goals, you can easily be tempted to allow no money for these activities. But not spending at all on your entertainment is not possible so that you will do it anyway. In the end, you will still dispense an amount of money for these needs, but you will be disappointed because this will affect your budget. Why end up frustrated because you were too excited at the beginning? When planning your budget, try to be realistic and avoid making it too strict. Allow yourself “fun money”, but not too much.
Planning it without a purpose in your mind
Having a goal is an excellent way to motivate you to stick with the budget you made. So what is your purpose? Why are you saving money? For instance, if you still have to pay your student loans, or you have debts, budgeting is undoubtedly a wise choice. When you know that you must save money for a particular goal, your motivation is boosted. On the other hand, it is easier not to respect a budget when you don’t have any purpose. You don’t need debts to have a substantial reason to spare money. You can think about your house renovation you have dreamed for so long, a new car, a motorcycle, etc.
Not considering irregular expenses
When budgeting, keep in mind that you must include the irregular expenses, even though they do not “pop up” monthly. Some are quarterly, others are annual, and so on. For instance, consider the holiday spending, car insurance premiums, school supplies, car maintenance, home repair projects, and pet vaccinations. Additionally, don’t forget that utility bills are higher in winter and summer.