Posted by Allison on 1 April 2009, 16:16
Everyone knows that bills are going up and food is more expensive than it was even a few weeks ago. The fact that some food comes from abroad and is then converted into our currency for purchase in this country means that additional costs incurred from poor harvests or increased shipping charges are often passed on down the line to the consumer who stands in line to buy the goods.
That's why budgeting is the key to getting through the current turmoil our currency is in, and the situation the British economy is in as well. It won't make everything exceedingly easy to get through, but it can make a difference and it may save some people from going into debt as they struggle to keep up with rising bills and prices wherever they turn.
As amazing as it may seem, there are plenty of people who don't really know how much money they have – much less how much they are spending each day or each week. This is the road to disaster if you go down it for too long, because it will lead to an ever increasing pile of debt that will eventually catch up with you and demand to be paid.
It's plain to see that the easiest way to combat this problem is to start planning and start budgeting as soon as possible, in order to get into good habits right from the word go. It doesn't matter how much you are currently spending, there will be ways that you can reduce that amount down enough for you to get by on what you are earning. And as the determined and canny thinkers among you will know, there are always ways to increase your earnings in some way as well.
The Money Saving Expert website has a good budgeting tool that will help you figure out where your money is going (and where it should be going as well). You can find it at http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/banking/Budget-planning, along with plenty of other information which gives you good advice on making sure you make all the right decisions when it comes to your cash.
The main thing to figure out is whether you are good with money or not. The better you are at handling it, the easier you will find it to adapt to changing circumstances as and when they occur. Some people can find out the answer to this question by seeing how they respond to the idea of doing a budget. Do you find the idea appealing... or horrifying? The answer will tell you all you need to know!
What you need to remember is that if you do find that you have more going out than your income can cover then you need to make a change somewhere (either earning more or spending less) as soon as possible. It is very easy to put this off until later because it can be painful to think about, but the truth is that the longer you leave it the more painful it gets, so be aware of how you behave with money and you will end up with far more of it in the future as a result.