Set the budget
It's all about setting expectations – set goals and make sure you know what you want to achieve, so you can keep track of your progress.
Know when to say 'no'
It can often be difficult to work out what is a want and what is a need. Here lies the secret to successfully saving a little extra cash each month. Some of your deemed 'needs' may actually be a little more flexible than you think – do you really need that expensive gym membership, or could you downgrade?
Acknowledge the essentials
It is important to recognise that there are of course essentials – things you cannot live without. The 'needs' as we
Start your budget by listing all potential needs and calculating the monthly cost to ensure you can budget accurately. Make sure you look over this list to work out the flexible needs that can be removed or reduced.
These could include:
Keep track of timing
Don't overcomplicate things for yourself – if you get paid monthly, make sure you're calculating your budget on a monthly basis. Also try to align direct debits to your pay schedule so you are on-top of deductions and aren't hit at the end of the month/fortnight with a bunch of debits you weren't prepared for.
When you're trying to budget, you'll only set yourself back if you take out more loans or add another expense on your Afterpay account. Once you've learnt to manage your budget – try not to add anything extra without considering it in the budget first. Also limit your credit card spend if it hasn't been accounted for – credit repayments should be considered within your budget.
Keep yourself accountable
A $5 coffee every now-and-then may not seem like much, but over time it will add up. Make sure you are keeping an eye on your small expenses so you can factor them into the budget and consider where they fit into your monthly allocation. If you keep a record of how much money is going to smaller purchases, you may also come to realise how much money is being unnecessarily spent here!
Stick to it!
Good budgeting takes time – so don't give up. Every little bit counts, and you've got to start somewhere. Don't be too hard on yourself, and when things get difficult - MyPayNow are here to help you out.