You should budget, even if you make good money. It’ll help bring financial stability and secure your financial future.
Don’t think you need a budget? I was once there too.
I used to think having a budget was lame. In fact, I was worried if I admitted to being concerned about money I’d come across as a tightwad or cheapskate.
But, I was wrong!
Regardless of how much money you make, budgeting is a positive thing – you should budget.
Because, budgeting isn’t just about figuring out how to spend what little money you have. It’s about being strategic and disciplined in how you spend, save, and grow your money – regardless of the amount.
Three Reasons Why You Should – Budget Regardless of How Much Money You Make
1. Budgeting Empowers You To Make Informed Financial Decisions
Budgeting helps you understand the relationship between how much money you bring in, how much money you spend and how much money is tucked away. This allows you to figure out what you need to plan for.
When you know where you stand financially you know the true cost of your spending decisions.
And, when you take time to map out where your money is and what it’s doing, you are able to assess whether or not that splurge will be worth it in the long run.
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2. Budgeting Helps You Measure What Financial Success Looks Like to You
Financial success is different for everyone. And, it changes depending on what life is handing out at the time.
But, you have to understand where you stand if you want to understand what success looks like.
I used to think that ending the month with money left in my account was a win – even if it was just $20.
After paying bills and tossing some money into savings I didn’t feel accountable for the “leftovers.”
But, once I started budgeting I realized that even though I was ending each month in a surplus, I wasn’t doing as good as I thought I was.
By not holding myself accountable for my money I had been wasting a lot of cash on things I often didn’t need.
After assessing my spending I realized that a true win for me would be to end the month with at least $100 in my account.
Doing so would signal that I had trimmed some unnecessary spending and made conscious efforts to be accountable for my money.
By gaining a better understanding of what success actually looked like for me I was able to better progress towards, reach and evaluate my goals.
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3. You Should Budget Because It Offers Peace of Mind
When you take the time to budget – aligning your money habits to your short term, long term and extended-term goals – you have peace of mind.
Sometimes it may be slow going and your goals seem far out of reach. Other times it may be amazing how quickly you’re meeting milestones.
Either way, when you understand your money and are doing the best you can to meet your goals, it’s much easier to feel calm and in control.
And, while I don’t always feel in control about my finances, every time I refocus and rework my budget (ask questions, assess, strategize, and re-think my finances), I always gain better peace of mind.
Now That You Know You Should Budget, Get Started
Hopefully you’re now convinced you need a budget – or at least HEAVILY leaning towards it.
If you don’t budget and you’re not sure you want to, what’s in your way? Or, where do you plan to start to get the budget up and running? Let us know in the comments.