Budgeting Tips for the Single Mom
You don't need to know all about high finances to be able to create a workable budget and manage your money better.
Single moms have more responsibilities than most individuals, and usually less money to take care of them with.
Taking care of our kids is of paramount importance. But, in this tough economy it can be hard to manage especially by yourself.
Single moms can learn to make ends meet through the budgeting process.
Moms want what is best for their families. When you are left to go it alone, the task can become even more daunting.
But, it’s not impossible. Even single moms can care for their families, put money aside and not feel like they spend every waking moment putting out financial fires.
If you keep reading, you’ll find out a few tips that will be helpful to overcome your money issues.
We know that budgeting is a dirty word to most people.
What you might not know is that a budget can be your best friend once you understand how it all works and fits into your life.
Budgeting Tips for the Single Mom
Budgets are important for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a single parent or a two-parent household.
Knowing where the money starts and ends each month provides a basis for better planning.
1. Create a budget – Begin by writing down all of the income that is coming into your home.
If you get regular child support payments or alimony, include that as well. All monies need to be accounted for.
Now, write down all of your expenses. You may need the assistance of your bank statement for this the first time around.
2. Define discretionary from necessary expenses – Your monthly utility, insurance and mortgage are necessary. Add those up.
Whatever you can do without are discretionary and can be evaluated and ultimately eliminated.
3. Pay bills as soon as they come in – When we wait, we are prone to spend the money on something else.
Stand strong and put the checks in the mail as soon as the bills come in if you have the money in your account.
If not, place checks in the envelope and mail them once your money hits the bank.
4. Set aside emergency fund money – Even if it is only twenty dollars a paycheck, putting aside money makes car problems and health emergencies easier to deal with financially.
Over time, it will add up if you remain diligent.
5. Find low cost or free ways to have fun – Life is not about just paying bills each month.
You want to enjoy it. Cutting money for entertainment doesn’t mean going without entertainment at all.
Search for ways to entertain the family without any money being spent.
6. Keep track of your expenses – For a month or two, you will watch all of your ATM withdrawals and other outlays of cash.
It is tedious but you’ll be surprised at things like how much you eat out or give in to impulse buying. Now you can control where the money goes.
Keeping track of your expenses may seem bothersome but it is worth it not only for the single mom but everyone who wants to improve their financial picture.
Learn more about budgets and managing your money when you read the rest of our information here about: How to Make a Budget and Save Money
It is one of the most important life skills you can learn as the sooner you take control of your finances, the sooner you can grow your fortune in life.
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