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Preparing a family budget. Sounds like fun for every stay at home mom, right? But truthfully, a household budget plan is one of the best tools for families. Learn how and why to make a personal budget.

Whether your family brings in thousands or hundreds of thousands each year, preparing a family budget is important. A good budget can help you figure out what you have to spend, where you need to spend your money, and more.

When you make a personal budget, you maximize the power of the money you have. Of course, it's not always easy to make a budget and then stick to it.

Here is a look at why getting back to the basics with your finances is so important as a stay at home mom.

Why Budget?

Why should you work on preparing a family budget in the first place? Here are just a few reasons you should create and then stick with a budget in your home.
  • It will help you stay in control of your money instead of allowing money to control you

  • You'll find out if you are living within your means. Many people never realize that they live beyond their means until after they are deep in debt.

  • Spare cash can be freed up with a good budget. This way you can set aside money for your savings and have money to purchasing things that really matter.

  • If you're in debt, you can make a personal budget to help you get out of debt. If you're not in debt, you can avoid debt with a good budget too.

  • You'll be able to prepare for emergencies. You can set aside money for emergencies so you don't get hit hard financially when unexpected expenses occur.

  • Benefits of a Household Budget Plan

    Basically, a budget is a plan for your money. It allows you to organize and control finances. Budgets don't have to be complicated - they can be very simple. If you're not convinced you should be preparing a family budget, here are some of the top benefits to keeping a monthly personal budget.

    Knowledge
    One of the biggest benefits you can enjoy if you make a personal budget and follow it is knowledge. Budgeting allows you to know how much money you have and can educate you on where your money is going.

    It can help you work to accomplish goals. The knowledge you gain with a budget will enable you to better control your money and where it is going.

    Better Communication
    One of the biggest problems in marriages happens to be finances. It's easy to have disagreements over what is being spent and how money is being handled.

    As a stay at home mom, you can build better communication with a budget. A budget helps you to resolve differences about handling money and can help you decide together on the priorities financially. Everyone can have a part in the finances with a budget too.

    Extra Money
    Probably the best benefit you can enjoy when preparing a family budget is the extra money you'll enjoy. You can eliminate interest and hidden fees. You'll be able to strip away unnecessary expenditures, and even working on saving up some money.

    Why Don't Moms Budget?

    Even with all the benefits of preparing a family budget, many families never make a household budget plan. Why?

    Budgets are Overwhelming
    One reason is that they don't know how to create a budget. The thing is, it doesn't have to be difficult to create a budget. With easy software programs available today, making a good budget is easier than ever.

    Budgets are Complicated
    Another reason families don't make a budget is because they think it is too complicated. The reality is that a budget is easy and can eliminate some of the complications of working with money.

    Budgets are Stifling
    Last, some people feel that a budget is controlling. The reality is that the budget will allow you to control the money instead of allowing it to control your life.

    Following the Household Budget Plan

    While you as a stay at home mom may realize how important it is to work on preparing a personal budget, it may not be easy to get everyone else to come along with you. The good news is that there are ways that you can work on getting others to help create and follow a budget.

    First, you need to get others engaged in the topic. Discuss a budget and how it can help to bring positive financial benefits into your life. Have meetings on a regular basis to discuss the budget and make any needed changes.

    Even if you blow it at first, keep trying. It can take time to change a behavior. Just work on the change little by little until you have a good budget that you are following consistently.

    Money Saving Resources

    Use the following resources to help you on your path towards saving money all year long.

    1. More pages on Stay-a-Stay-at-Home-Mom.com:
  • Organize Your Budget
  • Sample Personal Budget
  • The Envelope Budgeting System
  • Organize Monthly Bills
  • What to Include in Your Budget
  • Mvelopes Budget System
  • 2. Mvelopes:
    Looking for an online budgeting system? This is the program I personally use to keep track of my budget. All my checking, savings, credit cards, and student loans are automatically updated every single day and I just plug in the spending category. Easy peasy. Get started free: Mvelopes Online Budgeting System

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