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Create a Budget to Manage your Finances

By: Emma Jones - Updated: 5 Sep 2012 | comments*Discuss
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As you move through your life your financial situation will change and so will your priorities, but one thing won’t – the need to manage your finances. By starting out in your first job as you need to go on, you will learn how to create and stick to a budget so you can make the most of however much you earn. Being able to budget means being realistic about your finances and strict with yourself about what you do with them.

Why Budget?

Sticking to a budget may not sound like much fun, but nor does having no money, getting into debt, or spending all your wage before you earn it. Creating a budget will help you to get a grip on your finances and make sure that you have enough money to pay your way and have a bit of fun too. By learning to budget in your first job, you will have the skills to help you through the rest of your career and make the most of your money.

Manage Your Outgoings

When you are creating a budget, the first thing you have to do is get the boring things out of the way. Work how much money you have to spend each month on rent, bills food and everything else that is a regular outgoing. Once you have done this, keep a diary of everything else you spend. This will help you see where all your money goes and work out where you can cut back.

Pay Off Your Debts

If you have debts to pay off, whether it is student loans, credit cards or an overdraft, you need to make a structured payment plan. The interest will pile up on debts quickly and you will end up paying much more than your originally borrowed. Work these payments into your budget and work out how much of your wage you can afford to pay back each month. By concentrating on clearing these debts now, you will have more spare money further into your career when you want to buy a house or have a family.

Save For The Future

Another important part of creating a budget is starting to save some money. First, concentrate on paying off your debts as there is no point saving when you are accumulating negative interest. After this, work out how much you can save. It is a good idea to have specific goals in mind, whether it is saving for a pair of shoes, a holiday or a car. Getting into a regular habit of saving, and taking it directly out of your wages so you don’t have a chance to spend it, is a great habit to start in your first job.

Creating a budget is the best way to manage your finances. Doing this in your first job will set you up well for the rest of your career and help you have the money you need for all aspects of your life. Write down every financial outgoing that you have and then keep a diary of where you spend the rest of your money. This will show you where you can cut back and how much you need to survive. Concentrate on paying off any debts you may have and then create a structured saving plan.

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