Financial Balance: How to Budget and Still Have Spending Money


You know that creating a budget and saving money is essential if you want to meet your financial goals. But if you’re like 21% of Americans, you’re not just struggling to create a budget—you’re not saving any money at all.

You might think it’s too hard to set a budget or that you’ll have to sacrifice the things you enjoy just to save a few bucks. Luckily, nothing could be further from the truth.

Here are a few proven tips to help you set a budget while giving you the spending money you need to still enjoy your lifestyle.

Understand What You’re Making and What You’re Spending

Before you can start creating a firm budget, you need to know exactly how much money you’re bringing in and how much you’re spending each month.

Look at your paychecks for the last six months. If you’re salaried, your paychecks should be consistent. If you’re paid hourly, figure out what your average monthly pay is.

Then, look at how much you’re spending on everything from necessities like rent and food to activities like eating out and shopping. This will give you a firm idea of where your finances are.

Cut Out What You Don’t Need

Once you start reviewing your monthly expenses, you’ll start to see things that you don’t really need or want. Cut out those expenses.

For example, if you’re spending money on streaming services that you don’t use, cancel those subscriptions. This will help free up money so you can start implementing better budgeting strategies and build your savings more aggressively.

Saving any amount of money each month is a huge achievement. But as you get comfortable saving some cash, you’ll want to start looking for ways to save more.

Read about creative saving strategies, ask your friends and family for tips, and try out new budgeting apps to help you maximize your savings.

Prioritize the Things You Enjoy

The key to implementing successful budgeting strategies lies in treating yourself now and then. Once you figure out your budget, prioritize the things you enjoy doing most. Don’t cut those things out entirely.

If you focus on saving and cutting costs without giving yourself something to look forward to now and then, you’ll find it almost impossible to stick to your budget.

If you’re not sure how much money to devote to your hobbies, interests, and activities, don’t panic. Set aside whatever you can reasonably afford each week, even if it’s just $10. Give yourself permission to use that money on whatever you feel like with no restrictions.

You’ll still be saving money and setting good money management habits!

You Can Budget and Give Yourself Spending Money

Budgeting doesn’t have to mean cutting out your hobbies entirely. It just means you need to take a long, hard look at how much spending money you need to enjoy those things and how much money you need for your necessities.

As long as you balance spending on things you need with the things you want, you’ll be in good shape. Check out our latest posts for more tips to help you create a solid money management strategy.