What does it take to build a solid financial future?Â Money, a good plan, and rock solid determination.
Consider a recent article written by Jen from Beyond Mom.Â I love the article’s title: .Â Isn’t that awesome?Â Trust me, I’ve felt that exact same sentiment several times.Â I encourage you to read Jen’s article, and I think you’ll be impressed, just as I was, by Jen’s closing words –
Itâ€™s not super-fun, and itâ€™s certainly not glamorous, but you know whatâ€¦it will be worth it.
I think that’s how most of us feel about living on a budget.Â It is so cool to see someone make a choice – the right choice – and focus on the future.Â By the way, Beyond Mom is a member of the No Credit Needed Network and you can click here to view her most recent.
For our family of five, it’s extremely important that we live on a budget.Â In fact, just the thought of living without one makes me nervous.Â I need the structure that a good budget – a good plan – provides.Â Personally, we use software developed by You Need A Budget to manage our household finances, and we really like it.Â I’ve been using YNAB for several years, and I’m proud to have them as a site sponsor.
As you develop your budget, remember one thing.Â Your budget will be useless if you are not determined to use it.Â I can remember, years ago, before I got serious about getting out of debt, creating an elaborate budget.Â I broke down categories into sub-categories, and sub-categories into sub-sub-categories.Â I created short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals.Â I averaged my payments, created scenarios for paying of my debts, printed out my budget, and placed in a brand new three-ring binder.Â And there is sat.Â The budget – my plan for changing my future – just sat there.Â I spent hours creating it, and then I did nothing with it.Â It was years later, when I finally decided to actually do something about my future, that my budget started to matter.Â I had to find the drive, the purpose, the determination to put the numbers on the page into real life action.Â Then, and only then, did I begin to turn my financial life around.