Here are five budgeting mistakes to try and avoid:
Lack of Tracking Expenses
In Case of an Emergency
It’s a good idea to have money saved for those unexpected expenses. An ER visit can be expensive and often your insurance coverage isn’t going to pay everything. Have enough saved away to pay deductibles or items you might have to pay out of pocket for. This also goes for car troubles, job loss and more.
Make sure that you are tracking everything and have enough saved for those times of emergency. You can use my 1 Year Savings Challenge printable and set aside a little bit every week. I also have Food Storage Challenge printables that help you be prepared for real emergencies, natural disasters, etc.
Accounting for Every Day Expenses
The little things add up! Spare change is still money coming from your budget. You can still have your favorite drinks or treats but be sure to plan it into your budget. Being realistic in a budget is key. If you don’t include little things, you are more likely to fail at sticking with your budget.
Lack of Communication
Whether you have joined accounts or not you need to regularly communicate with your spouse about the budget. If one person generally pays the bills it’s a good idea that both of you know if anything changes with the budget. This is not only huge so that you know where your money is going and how it’s being spent but also in case of an emergency, both people should know all about the finances.
Typically in relationships there is a spender and a saver – that can cause some tension in budgeting. Make sure that you talk through everything to cut down on the frustration. Check out my post on How to work together when you handle money differently.
Out of Control Credit Card Usage
This is part of Budgeting 101 and often is what forces people to have a serious sit down about finances. Credit cards and loans can easily sink any budget. Don’t put yourself in tempting situations to make purchases you cannot afford. Don’t get into habit of putting purchases on your credit card without knowing for sure you have the money to pay for it. I have posted several things about credit that can help big time with budgeting:
- Bill Collector’s Guide to an Excellent Credit Score
- How to fix your credit score NOW!
- Steps You Can Take to Re-establish Your Credit
- How to Get into the 750+ Credit Score Club
What are some other things you try to avoid while budgeting?