It’s the new year and time to look over your budget. You may have spent the last year trying to stick to one, but you may have also spent the year just tracking your purchases. You can’t just follow the same spending pattern as you did last year. You need to look back and see where you need to make changes. Here are reasons why.
Your budget from last year may no longer work. A lot can change during the year, including getting new jobs, losing jobs or receiving promotions.
Looking over your budget and making changes will give you the chance to make sure it really does work instead of overspending.
You may have new goals for your savings. By looking at your budget again, you can revisit these and check just how much you need to save up.
Make sure you set up the different savings accounts and keep everything as separate as possible. There is nothing wrong with revisiting your savings every now and then.
Your outgoings may have changed this year, or may change at some point during the year. By looking at your budget, you can reassess your outgoings and make sure you’re making enough.
It could mean change your savings goals or the amount that you save throughout the year to have enough for outgoings.
Every year your debt position will change. It could be worse or it could be better. Looking at your budget again will give you time to look at your debt.
This is a good chance to see if you can pay more to get out of debt sooner, or even see that you can pay less so you have more for something else.
Prices change all the time. In fact, this is the time of year that most things will go up in price. This is something you need to think about and will need to reassess your budget.
You may need to cut a few things out of your budget to cover the price changes.
Your family needs can change year to year. You may have a new member in the household or someone may leave. This affects your budget and you need to see how it will.
Reassessing it each year will help you factor everything into account, including any new savings accounts that you may need to know.
To make your budget work, you need a plan. It could be to reassess it on a monthly basis or look back every three or six months to make sure you are on track.
You may even want to set a plan for your savings to make sure you save the exact amount that you need. The start of the year is the best time to set this plan.