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Spend with confidence.  Get a spending plan.
  1. Basic decisions should be made which involve the entire family concerning how the money will be spent, who will actually pay the bills, and who will maintain the budget.
  2. Develop your own spending plan-suited to your family’s income, needs, goals. Don’t try to follow others. Don't throw away money on things you won't really use.
  3. Decide what your family’s most important goals are. Your money should be spent for those things which mean most to your family’s welfare and happiness.
  4. Plan ahead for the whole year…only in this way can you have a true picture of where you are going and how well you are following your financial plan. Try not to spend impulsively.
  5. Make purcahses wisely, comparison shop, understand value based on quantity and quality as well as price, remember many ads you hear may try to fool you, buyer beware!.
  6. Include all of your income and all your expenses. Plan according to what your income is now not what you expect it to be.
  7. Keep good records but make the procedure as simple as possible.
  8. It is important that you track and record most every penny spent in order to control spending habits. Many people have no idea where their money really goes when it comes to accounting for each dollar. People not used to follwoing budgets frequently fail to understand where as amuch as 20% or even 30% of their money goes each month. Try an interactive personal budget system to help understand your own budget and spending.
  9. As a homeowner, it is extremely important that you include reserve accounts for home maintenance in your budget plan.
  10. Pay yourself first by developing a personal savings plan. Try to save 10% of your income. If you can’t manage 10% right away, try to save a smaller amount, but do so regularly.
  11. If at the beginning, you fail at times to stick to your budget plan, don’t give up; stay with it. You will succeed if you are determined.
  12. If you run into money trouble proper budgeting becomes more critical and can mean the difference between keeping or losing your home. Read Who to pay when you can't pay everyone.
  13. Review your plan once a month. Analyze expenditures and alter the plan if your feel adjustments would improve the workability of your budget.

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