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Weekly Topic Inspiration: Creating a Functional Family Budget

  1. Simone Smith profile image92
    Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

    Establishing a functional family budget isn’t easy- in addition to working with what are typically tight resources, families have to learn to reconcile different approaches to spending, organizing finances, saving, dealing with debt, and establishing what is “necessary” and what is “nice to have”.

    What have you learned from your experience with family budgeting that you could share with the world at large? Do you have a good template that others could use, or some tips on working on a communal budget while reducing strife and conflict? I’d love to see what you have to share!

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    A Wedding Budget Planner for Practical Couples
    A Monthly Budget Planner for Busy Families
    Money Saving Tips for Families
    Tips on Saving the Family Money
    How to Overcome Common Home Budget Issues
    Home Budgeting for Beginners
    A Budget Planning Worksheet for Families
    How to Budget Money with Your Spouse
    A Simple Family Budget Plan
    Budgeting Money as a Family
    Money Problems in Marriage
    How to Address Money-Related Relationship Problems

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      zhuzaoposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I know

  2. daisydayz profile image85
    daisydayzposted 4 years ago

    Here is my hub: 5 easy ways to save money on your household bills
    http://daisydayz.hubpages.com/hub/5-Sim … old-Budget

    I had been thinking about doing this one for a while so your topic spurred me to actually get it down on (virtual) paper! Thank you!

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I'm glad that this week's theme served as the tipping point! Love the Hub, and learned from it, too! I didn't even know that it was possible to shop around for different utility providers.

  3. Mom Kat profile image86
    Mom Katposted 4 years ago

    Here's my hub on saving money on your heating bill during the winter.
    With the economy so snug, it's important to save money where you can.

    Money Saving Tips: Avoid Winter Wasting
    http://momkat.hubpages.com/t/33e4ef

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I love the seasonal approach you've taken- there certainly are ways to keep down those extra expenses that crop up in the wintertime!
      I especially love your tip on heating the home by baking/cooking more. I do that all the time, and it also makes things smell GREAT!

      1. Mom Kat profile image86
        Mom Katposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks Simone.  Quick question.... if I want to write more than one hub on this can I go to the question and click "answer as a hub" more than once or do I just come here & post more links?

        1. Simone Smith profile image92
          Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          If you find that you can't submit more than two Hub Answers, feel free to just share additional links here. big_smile

    2. Mom Kat profile image86
      Mom Katposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Here's another one:

      Frugal Living: The Edible Yard ~ http://momkat.hubpages.com/t/33ee96

      With the price of everything going up, it's nice to be able to have access to food without even needing to leave your own yard!  Saves money & makes your yard look great.

      1. Mom Kat profile image86
        Mom Katposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Here's another: Water Bill Super Saver
        http://hub.me/aei53

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          zhuzaoposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I like that way of life

        2. Mom Kat profile image86
          Mom Katposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Here's one I wrote a while ago on how to balance your budget:
          http://momkat.hubpages.com/hub/How-To-B … our-Budget

  4. ITcoach profile image61
    ITcoachposted 4 years ago

    Simone Smith,

    You have a great information about the house wives and for the working as well. You hubs almost covers the home debts, home finances and home capital. I think you may launch a profitable blogs for earning. How you got these all fruitful ideas?. The topics you discussed are really impressive. Have you some ideas about the IT hubs?

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks ITcoach! One of the best ways to get ideas is to see what people are generally searching on by visiting the Google AdWords Keyword Tool. We have tips on using it in this Learning Center entry. Do check it out!

  5. Helena Ricketts profile image96
    Helena Rickettsposted 4 years ago

    I LOVE this topic and have never participated in any of the Weekly Topic Inspirations before so it's time to jump in!

    I'm going to claim the title Dos and Don’ts of Lending Money to Family because I've done this many times with mixed results.  hmm

    I'll be back when it's finished to post the link in a day or two!  smile

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hurrah! I am so excited that you'll be joining in for the first time. Great title choice (I've removed it from the list to be on the safe side). Can't wait to read the Hub!

  6. magdalenerami profile image60
    magdaleneramiposted 4 years ago

    I love the topic. It is a great idea for people to share the useful tips and information. Thanks.

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I'm glad you think so, magdalenerami! I hope you'll be joining in. big_smile

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    KDuBarry03posted 4 years ago

    Here's my offering for this week's topic! I decided to go with a budget I have to watch myself along with some money saving tips on making soup for the family or even for one person.

    http://kdubarry03.hubpages.com/hub/Savi … emade-soup

  8. Denise Handlon profile image89
    Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago

    lol  Simone,  I love the use of the words 'functional family' budget.  I suppose that leaves out all of the 'dysfunctional' families, hee hee.

    1. Mom Kat profile image86
      Mom Katposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I want to hear about the dysfunctional family budget! smile  That sounds fun!

      1. Denise Handlon profile image89
        Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        lol

  9. Ruchira profile image62
    Ruchiraposted 4 years ago

    My thoughts about budget esp for the newly married
    http://ruchira.hubpages.com/hub/Budget- … -Newlyweds

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      zhuzaoposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      good , I love

  10. Glimmer Twin Fan profile image96
    Glimmer Twin Fanposted 4 years ago

    http://glimmertwinfan.hubpages.com/hub/ … eting?done

    My hub for the weekly inspiration.  I used this method when I first got out of college, but families may be able to use it for budgeting too.

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      KDuBarry03posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Wow, very interesting and very well detailed!

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    zhuzaoposted 4 years ago

    good , I  like .

  12. chrissieklinger profile image89
    chrissieklingerposted 4 years ago

    http://chrissieklinger.hubpages.com/hub … s-a-Family

    Here is my article on budgeting money as a family.

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      zhuzaoposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Do what thing to have a plan, so that life can in an orderly way

  13. Simone Smith profile image92
    Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your great budgeting tips with us, everyone! This week's new theme is cleaning. We all have to clean, so why shouldn't we share our advice on keeping things as neat, sanitary, and organized as possible?

  14. Gary Holdaway profile image81
    Gary Holdawayposted 4 years ago

    I would have posted this last night had I realised the topics didn't close smile

    http://garyholdaway.hubpages.com/hub/Ma … mily-money

    1. Denise Handlon profile image89
      Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      REad it and  commented.  smile

      1. Gary Holdaway profile image81
        Gary Holdawayposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        just noticed, thank you smile

  15. Daughter Of Maat profile image98
    Daughter Of Maatposted 4 years ago

    I'm a bit late, but at least I got it done before the next Weekly Topic of Inspiration! lol

    http://daughterofmaat.hubpages.com/hub/ … p-Problems

  16. savingkathy profile image94
    savingkathyposted 4 years ago

    Here's my hub: Family Finances: How to Save More Money

    http://savingkathy.hubpages.com/hub/Fam … More-Money

 
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