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Living on a Budget Doesn’t Have to Be a Drag

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If you want to get your finances under control, one of the best things you can do is draw up a family budget and make as many savings as you can. Most people recoil at the very thought of reigning in their spending, assuming that it will mean they have a lot less fun from day to day, but they could not be more wrong! Sure, you might not get to enjoy as many Caramel Frappuccinos as you like and you might have to wait for that great cable show to turn up on Netflix, but you’ll notice a number of benefits when you start you live more frugally too.

You’ll Feel More Relaxed

Money has to be one of the biggest causes of stress in the world. If you’re unable to manage your money, you might be unable to pay the bills, get into serious debt and you could even end up being forced to file for bankruptcy! Think about how all of these things can and do affect you and you’ll quickly see why saving instead of spending is a great stress-reliever.

You’ll Be More Honest

How many couples do you know who lie about money or conceal just how much they’ve spent on that cute outfit? Perhaps you’re one of them. Money is still a taboo topic for many people, and this means that concealing spending habits and mounting debts is common, as is not even broaching the subject of money with family members. By taking the sensible step of drawing up a budget, you will need to talk fully and frankly with anyone who’s finances will affect yours and vice versa and this is almost universally a good thing.

You Can Plan for the Future

When you work out a family budget, with the help of, and stick to, it enables you to look closely at your finances and work out how much money you’re likely to have 3, 16 and 12 months from now, and for many years beyond that. With all the extra money you’re saving, chances are that you will see a vast improvement over a surprisingly short space of time, and this will enable you to make exciting plans for the future. You’ll see what’s possible and this will spur you on to keep saving and monitoring your spending.

You’ll Spend More Time Together

When you live on a budget, you have to cut out a lot of unnecessary luxuries like going to the salon to have your nails done or meeting your friends in the bar every weekend. This might seem like a bummer at first, but it can actually improve your social life as you spend more time with your very good family and friends, whether you’re taking a walk in the park, enjoying a potluck dinner or playing board games with the kids. When you take expensive distractions off the table, the quality of your time together often benefits as a result. Saving money really can be a lot of fun!

You Become More Creative

If you can’t just go to the movie theater or sit yourself down in front of HBO for hours on end, you’ll have to get more creative if you want to beat boredom. So many people who start living on a budget start to live more exciting lives than they ever did before because they hike, draw, think and read more. They discover talents they never knew they had which enrich their lives more than a cable subscription or designer purse ever could.

You Don’t Take Things for Granted

When you can’t just go to the store and pick up anything you like; when you have to endure months of saving to get what you want, you almost always appreciate it that bit more. If you take a look at, you will see that delayed gratification actually makes you happier when you finally get what you want. So, don’t worry about keeping up with the Joneses and go at your own pace. Most things in life aren’t really essential anyway, so who cares if you have to wait a while to try them out?

Living on a budget can be truly terrible, or it can be really great. It is what you make it. Change your mindset, appreciate what you do have and know that you’re doing the sensible thing for your future. You can have a few treats now and again - just try to earn them by being more frugal on a day to day basis first!


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