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What’s the Plan?

By: Chelsea Ellison Published: March 27th, 2014
Start your budgeting and savings plan now!

Start your budgeting and savings plan now!

Each month we explore a different Concept of the Month.  In March we’re working on planning and saving.

What kinds of things are coming up for which you will need money? School clothes? End-of-summer vacation? College?

How are you going to get that money?

You need a plan! Try a spending plan like the one below that will help you figure out how much money you have coming in, and how much money you are spending.

Setting up a Personal Budget

Creating a spending plan or budget to achieve your goals takes six steps.

  1. First, you need to understand your current money habits by tracking how much you currently earn and how much you currently spend each month.
  2. Set a savings goal. What are you saving for in the short term, long term or in between?  Use this worksheet to map out your goals.
  3. Compare how much you currently save each month with the monthly savings goal that you determined in step 2.
  4. If you currently are not saving enough to meet your goal, you need to make adjustments to your income and spending habits.
  5. Because sometimes maintaining your goal will cost you money, you need to figure out how you will budget your money once you have achieved your goal.
  6. Finally, if you find that you cannot save enough to purchase or maintain your goal, you may need to adjust that goal and go through these steps again.

Tell us below how you’re doing and what you’re saving for!

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