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5 Benefits to Living on a Budget

living on a budgetWhen you think about living on a budget, you probably don’t picture a very exciting lifestyle.

You might think that you will just be sitting around watching TV, wishing you could be out doing things with family and friends. But that doesn’t have to be the case at all!

Living on a budget doesn’t mean you can never spend a single dollar on fun – it simply means that you are being smart with your money to set yourself up for a prosperous future.

To help you understand just how valuable it can be to live on a budget, here are five great benefits to living on a budget.

Easier Decision Making

We all know the feeling – standing in the store trying to decide if you can afford to purchase a specific item that you have had your eye on recently. But living on a budget makes that decision making process so much easier. If it fits in your budget, you can go ahead and make the purchase. If not, put it back and wait for a later date. It’s that simple.

Paying Off Debt Faster

If you are currently carrying any kind of debt, such as credit card debt, you can build in larger payment to your budget to make sure you get rid of those balances as fast as possible. As you should already know, debt can be costly when it comes along with high interest rates, so don’t allow those balances to carry forward any longer than they have to.

Focus on Savings

As you are building your budget, make sure you are including plenty of money to set aside for savings. Most people don’t save enough for the future, and that mistake will come back to bite them in the long run. Set aside a large portion of your monthly budget for savings to build your emergency fund. You can always access that money later should you need to use it for some reason.

Stay on a Course for the Long Term

Even if you know that you should be smart with your money in order to reach your goals in life over the long term, it can be tough to put that kind of thinking into practice on a day to day basis. However, if you have a budget in place, much of the thinking is going to be done for you. There will be specific amounts of money allotted to certain expenses, and staying within those limits will keep you on a good track.

Flexibility Moving Forward

The great thing about a budget is the fact that it is not set in stone once you get it started. If you need to make adjustments to your budget to reflect changes in your day to day life, you can do just that with ease. Remember, your budget needs to always be designed with your family’s needs in mind, so keep it tuned up by regularly reviewing your income and expenses.

 

Have you ever tried living on a budget? Can you think of any other benefits of living on a budget?

 

 

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John Schmoll is a Dad, husband and veteran of the financial services industry. He's passionate about helping people learn from his mistakes so that they can live lives free from the shackles of debt and empowered to make their money work for them. You can check out his other sites: Frugal Rules, for ways to improve your financial literacy; and Sprout Wealth for tips on different ways to make more money. John has been featured on Forbes, Lifehacker, Yahoo Finance and US News & World Report and more. If you're wanting to grow your blog, check out my blog coaching services to see how I can help you take your site to the next level.

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  1. Less stress because living on a budget would enable you to stick to your budget and avoid yourself from having debts. This is what I have been doing for the past 2 years, and it’s the life I prefer as it is almost stress-free.

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