Sticking to a budget gives you power to control spending. It also helps you decide
how to spend your money and put away savings for your future like big purchases,
trips and retirement. It’s the first step in moving away from a paycheck-to-paycheck
lifestyle and toward a better financial state.
Outline your goals for your budget. How much do you want to put aside every
month? How can you better live within your means? What steps are you taking to
save for retirement?
You can use a notepad or an excel sheet. It doesn’t matter, as long as you use the
system that works for you. Make a list of all of your OUTGOING expenses each
month. You may want to keep all receipts for a month to make sure you are
effectively tracking everything. Then subtract these expenses from your INCOMING
monthly funds. ITEMIZE your list from top to bottom by necessity with the bills that
take priority at the top like your mortgage, car payments and utilities.
Don’t forget to keep track of things like gas, groceries and household supplies.
These can really add up if you aren’t paying attention to how much you are
When you subtract outgoing expenses from incoming funds, is there money left
over? If not, you are living outside of your means and you need to take make some
big adjustments. Ideally, expenses should not exceed 80% of your income.
Each budget is different but there are some easy ways to make more room in your
budget. Here are a few favorites:
With planning and a savings strategy, you can create a budget that works for you
and your family!
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Communication Federal Credit was founded in 1939 and has more than 65,000 members and nearly a billion dollars in assets. The credit union has grown to include 20 branch locations, serving the employees of such outstanding companies as AT&T, ONEOK, ONE Gas, OG&E, Chaparral Energy and more than 250 other groups. It is among the strongest financial institutions in the nation, having received the prestigious five-star rating from Bauer Financial Reports, Inc. for 23 consecutive years. Learn more or apply online at COMFEDCU.ORG