Hands up if your ideal evening involves studying your bank statements, working out whether your income is going to cover your outgoings and trying to balance your household books? No, me neither!
While budgeting isn’t the most exciting of ways to spend your time, it is a necessary evil if you want to ensure that you are in good health financially both now and in the future. A small amount of time spent working out your finances each month is time well spent and might even bring some unexpected benefits too. Here’s why:
1. Budgeting will help you establish your financial roadmap
Disciplined budgeting will take you out of the financial no man’s land in which you aren’t quite sure where you are or where you are going and will instead enable you to clarify your current financial situation, determine what is or isn’t working, adjust your spending accordingly and take control. Once that has happened, you can work out what you want for your financial future, whether it be a luxury mansion, an Oxbridge education for your kids or early retirement, and map your route to getting there.
2. Budgeting will facilitate household harmony
Nothing divides a household quite as much as money. It is very difficult to live in harmony when you are consistently struggling to pay the bills at the end of the month or when one member of a partnership is scrimping and saving while the other is constantly haemorrhaging cash on unnecessary luxuries. Having a budget to work to which is agreed by everyone in the household lays down the ground rules and eliminates a whole lot of tension.
3. Budgeting will relieve personal stress
Concerns about money are a big reason for sleepless nights and stressful days full of worry. Taking control with proper budgeting will at least give you a feeling that you are dealing with the root cause of those worries. That may mean starting to make a few sacrifices to get your affairs into order but I guarantee that the feeling of ceasing control will reduce anxiety and stress.
4. Budgeting will help you deal with debt
Budgeting will help you target unnecessary expenses and that’s the first step towards eliminating them and ultimately any debts you have. It may be a long process but sticking to your guns will eventually deliver results and take your finances from red to black.
5. Budgeting will give you peace of mind
If you are living hand to mouth and an unplanned expense comes along – and it can be anything from an unexpected medical bill to your car giving up the ghost – it can totally derail your finances. Your protection against that is to set aside a part of your income each month to establish an emergency fund. Having money tucked away safely gives you the peace of mind of knowing that whatever life throws at you, you have the financial wherewithal to deal with it.
6. Budgeting will help you fulfil your financial goals
The natural next step once you have eliminated debt and set up an emergency fund is to start saving. Setting aside a portion of your income each month for the future should become second nature. Investing this nest egg wisely will enable you to fulfil those dreams for your financial future mentioned in point one above.
If you’d like help deciding how to invest, our financial advisers would be happy to advise. We pride ourselves on our professional and relaxed approach. You won’t get a hard sell from us but honest, balanced advice on investments to help your money work as hard as it possibly can for you. We can also act as a sounding board while you get to grips with budgeting and financial planning, working with you to clarifying your roadmap and providing encouragement to stick to it.
While budgeting does undoubtedly mean sacrificing a small amount of your time each month, committing to this less-than-thrilling task on a regular basis will almost certainly improve not just your bank balance but your life in general!
If you need help with budgeting or any financial planning issue get in touch to arrange an appointments with one of our qualified financial advisers. (email@example.com)
A leading provider of expat financial services and wealth management services across Asia.