Keeping a detailed budget can be one of the best way to help you save money and avoid overspending. But not all people has the time or the desire to sit down to work on a spreadsheet at a regular basis. Some may have tried to keep a budget before but did not work out. Fortunately, there are some ways you can manage your finances without the traditional spreadsheet. The most important part in managing your money is making sure that your needs are covered. This will require simple math and is not complicated. Start by listing down all your regular monthly bills and expenses, like, Mortgage, utilities, insurance, any loan or credit card payments you make it much. Then estimate necessary expenses like groceries, transportation. Add all this costs up and you’ll have your monthly expenses. This is what you need to cover every month.
When it comes to paying your regular bills list it down in your calendar to help you be reminded to pay them a few days before their due date. To make it easier try automating some of your monthly expenses. You can sign up for an automatic bills pay with your utility companies, lender, car loans and mortgage. The amount you owe each month will be automatically withdrawn from your bank account or charged to your credit card. Automating payments can save you time and efforts every month. This is a good way to make sure that your bills are paid on time. Just be sure to always have enough money available in your account to cover all of your automatic withdrawals. When you use a credit card make sure that you can pay the balance in full each month in order to avoid paying interests in these charges. Automated payments can always be cancel whenever you want. Automated payments are also a great way to help you systematically pay out debt if you set up extra payments to your loans. It can also help you grow your savings if you set-up a regular contribution to a saving account. This can be helpful if you have trouble saving in the past.