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A Small Budget Will Go A Long Way With Frugal Living

Updated on December 30, 2010

Frugal Living Budget

Especially in the world we live in now taking care of our money is one of the most important things.  For the most part every penny we have is a penny we have worked very hard for.  So what we gather from this is it's time to put a budget in place.  If we have a budget that is working properly we should know and understand where every penny is going, we should be able to get more bang for your buck.  On top of that we should be able to start saving for the future by implementing a budget.

The first piece of advice you should listen to when it comes to budgeting is to be sure you set a goal.  You need to decide what you want to get out of your actions.  There are a few things you need to do, one is make sure you pay your bills, to is put enough money aside for future purchases and thirdly you want to put money into savings.  By having goals it will be easier to have the budgets you worked out put into place and working for you.

Something else you want to do with budgeting and saving money is be sure you keep notes of where your money usually goes.  When talking about notes this means all your bills, normal costs such as groceries, fuel, and miscellaneous items.  This list is so very important so you can see where your money is going and be able to see what expenses you can do without.  Now that you have all the regular stuff looked into you can make decisions on what you're going to cut back.  Remember even small costs like coffee and breakfast could result in thousands of dollars in savings over a year.  For a few months just put aside the money you would normally spend on small things and see how much you actually have saved up in a short period of time.  I think you will be quite surprised on how this affects the bottom line of your budget.

Being in debt is a circle that just keeps going around and around.  Were talking about payments that never seem to go away, payments that have high interest rates.  The first way to deal with this is pay all your minimums so you don't end up paying late fees.  At the end of the day when you have cash left over you may decide to pay down debts at this time.  The best bet is to concentrate on the biggest debts first.  This way you are get rid of the highest interest payments.  If you do this on a regular basis you will be quite surprised at how much you actually pay off on your debts.

Something else that is very important is making sure you keep track of what you are doing.  This means using some sort of spreadsheet or database, whatever works for you to develop a system to help you keep track of everything you're doing through the month with your money and how your keeping up to your budget.

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      givetome 6 years ago

      Nice hub Dale.

      Making conscious decisions about how we spent our money and what we were buying to achieve a frugalliving

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      pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

      Excellent advice. I will certainly check out the sites suggested. Voted up, marked useful and shared.

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      Dale Mazurek 7 years ago from Canada

      Of course Sunforged you are right on the ball again, oh well, whats a guy to do.

      Thank you everyone for the great comme3nts and the best to all of you in 2011


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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for helpful suggestions. Great hub.

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      Gustave Kilthau 7 years ago from USA

      Hi Dale - It kinda comes down to the thought that "necessity is the mother of intention." You may intend to spend your money on something that may or may not be a necessity, but the contents of the wallet dictate which will win - the necessity or the intention.

      Happy 2011, Dale.

      Gus :-)))

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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      If you had waited a few weeks this hub would have been an eligible contest entry..