Went a little crazy on holiday shopping and now your budget is completely off track? Get back on the path to financial freedom and kick off the new year with the following tips:
- Stop dwelling. Going over your budget isn’t fun, but it’s not the end of the world. Life happens and you can’t be perfect all the time. Acknowledge that you messed up, then move on. Obsessing about it isn’t going to bring your money back.
- Get back into your old routine. Play a little bit of catch up: pay your bills, balance your checkbook, and schedule transfers to pay off some debt if possible. Sometimes when you fall off track, it makes you want to stay off track. It takes more effort to jump back on the bandwagon than it does to remain on the same path. That’s why it’s important to get back into your old routine as soon as you have the chance. Get everything caught up, map out a plan for the remainder of the month, and immediately return to your former routine.
- Temporarily cut expenses. If you need to cut back, consider the following tactics:
- Eat at home until you’ve cleaned your shelves/refrigerator/freezer out.
- Have “no-spend” days, when you don’t spend a single penny.
- Skip paid entertainment and opt for board game nights or movies at home.
If you’re still facing a budget discrepancy, you may have to look for extra ways to earn money for the month. Consider selling clothes, furniture, and appliances that are in good condition but that you no longer use. Or can you pick up extra hours at work, or get a part-time job?
If you’ve blown your budget, the important thing is to pick up where you left off and get back to your budget as soon as possible.
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Article Source: Alexa Mason for Moneyning.com