Why Stay At Home Moms Need to Budget

In a perfect world, no one would ever have to worry about finances or budgeting. In a perfect world, all expenses would be paid for automatically through direct debit and there would be no need to worry about when the bills are due and how you are going to pay them. In a perfect world…

politician’s assure us that this is possible, but the reality is that many people get into financial difficulty because they try to stretch the most that they can stretch and at the end of every month they just end up short.

Often, when we are stress-free and not making our budget seem like such a tedious task that we just feel like doing something to steal money from our bills accounts, we make mistakes and overspend. In order to stop this from happening to you, please take some time to familiarize yourself with some helpful budgeting tips.


Quick tips to save money per month

· Look to all of your current bills and living expenses. For about two or three months you just need to track your spending so that you can look for places where you waste money so that you can cut those expenses down.· Look to your company’s health plan.Often times you can take medical leave and the company will pay for this provided that you have not received this amount in the past. Many times, if you have been healthy for a number of years, you will find that medical insurance comes in handy.· Don’t neglect driving your home or your car also. You need to drive less to get to your job and to do other things. You can also carpool.· Look to other grants and community college cost. You may find that you can get more money. Often, there is free tuition that can be available to college students so find out if you can take advantage of that.· Look at and see if there are any benefits to your life insurance policies such as life insurance. Once your house is paid off, this is often the least expensive form of insurance you need to have.

Quick tips to save money per month

· Figure out how much money you have to spend on clothes, gas, utilities, food, entertainment, and try to set aside an extra five to ten percent of your income in order to save. There are plenty of ways to save money on your grocery bill, including buying in bulk, living a healthy lifestyle, and setting up a grocery shopping list.· Try to pay all bills on time. If you haven’t been paying bills on time, start doing so. You will be surprised how quickly late fees and penalties begin to add up.· Develop a savings mentality. This will help you in the future. To set up a good budget, you must count the money that you spend each day. This may seem like a tedious to you, but when your savings register larger than your losses, you start to have money for the future.· Dedicate a day each month to paying yourself before spending any money. In this way, you will find out if you are spending money each day right away or if you are on a food allowance.· Since so many families have been hit hard by the recession, you can use this as an opportunity to be honest with each other and budget. You may need to make some important changes to your spending habits and to a few areas of your life. Make sure that you are telling the whole story rather than putting blame.