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How Your Budget can Cause More Harm than Good

How Your Budget can Cause More Harm than Good

There are many benefits of creating a budget, including the fact that you know exactly how much you are spending every month. Taking this one step further, you will have a clear idea as to where your money is going.

Conversely, there are times when a budget can cause more harm than good. If this concerns you, consider the following:

•    Inaccurate information. Your budget needs to be 100 percent accurate at all times. This may mean making changes every now and again. Any inaccurate information could throw you a curve, thus leading you down the wrong path and causing mistakes.
•    Not updated. As noted above, there will be times when you need to update your budget. Maybe you paid off your student loan. Or maybe you added a new car payment to your budget. Regardless of the change, make sure it is reflected on your budget without delay.
•    Being inflexible. You want to follow your budget to the best of your ability, but there are times when this is not possible. Make sure you give yourself some level of flexibility (but don’t take advantage of this).

These are just a few of the ways that your budget can cause more harm than good. If you are concerned about these potential issues, keep them in mind at all times.

Just because your budget can get off track does not mean you should avoid having one. It simply means you need to know what you are doing at all times. As long as you stay on the ball, you won’t have to concern yourself with the problems above. Instead, you will find your budget to be a guiding light on your path to financial success.

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Wanderer on Saturday, 16 January 2016 11:12

Great points related to a budget. Flexibility is my key as "life happens" and we need to adjust. A budget that is complete with real costs serves as a great guide (helps us pay our bills) and helps us find funds for those unplanned moments.

Great points related to a budget. Flexibility is my key as "life happens" and we need to adjust. A budget that is complete with real costs serves as a great guide (helps us pay our bills) and helps us find funds for those unplanned moments.
Frank on Sunday, 24 January 2016 21:41

A budget that is not updated is basically worthless. To get what you need out of a budget, you need to update it with any changes to your financial situation.

A budget that is not updated is basically worthless. To get what you need out of a budget, you need to update it with any changes to your financial situation.
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