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How to Become Debt Free By Budgeting Your Money

Todays Date: November 18, 2018

Ok, so you have stumbled across create a budget and are probably wondering how in the world to get out from beneath a mountain of debt. This is a problem that plagues many people but the answer is much easier than the actions. Even though it is tough to get debt free, it CAN be done and I will show you how to get there.

One of the first huge steps in becoming debt free is in knowing where you stand financially. Knowing where you are financially means you HAVE TO draw up a budget. Creating a financial budget is EXTREMELY important to your long-term success. For you to get debt free you need to know what monthly income you have coming in and what monthly expenses you have going out every month. My personal budgets take this one step further; you also must take into account expenses that are likely to occur annually, such as vehicle registrations.

What do you put in a budget? I’ll show you what a typical expense budget might look like for the average American.

Rent/Mortgage – $995

Auto Insurance – $120

Auto Loan – $405

Auto Loan #2 – $300

Life Insurance – $64

Water – $40

Electricity – $81

Garbage – $19

Natural Gas – $120

Childcare – $495+

Gasoline – $300

Groceries – $995

Telephone – $40

Cable – $50

Internet – $49

Cell Phone – $99

Credit Card – $99

Student Loans – $101+

Total – $4385++

Looking at the finances shown above, each item taken alone doesn’t seem like too bad an idea. But together things start to get out of control. In the above budget we have almost $4400 of monthly expenses, AFTER taxes. In order to BREAK EVEN on this type of financial budget you HAVE TO be raking in about $70K per year. Keep in mind this doesn’t include children’s doctor’s visits, and all the other annual crap we haven’t even addressed yet, such as enrollment fees, the vehicle expenditures such as registrations and the one off mechanical failures that can cost an arm and a leg. It’s no wonder people are up to their eyeballs in debt. Most people don’t make $70K,$70,000 and most people have all kinds of one off expenditures that aren’t outlined on the above financial budget. In order to know where you can cut back, you must know what you have.

My first assignment for you people out there reading this is to do this very first step. Make a budget and BE HONEST – it will do you no good if it is not right. As soon as we get this done we will be talking about such things as discretionary spending and debt equity. Let us get our financial budgets prepared so we can begin working on a plan to BECOME DEBT FREE!!!

Richard DFO Hijinx has an article showing you how to create a financial budget

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