Basics of Budgeting with Mutual Savings Credit Union (Part 5)
Note: To help members gear up for 2013, Mutual Savings Credit Union is beginning a 5-part series of web posts that will help you understand the basics of budgeting. All of this information is made available for free thanks to MSCU’s partnership with brass|Media. Be sure to check out Mutual Savings’ BRASS website for additional tips on financial matters.
Creating a budget doesn’t mean you can’t spend money, so don’t stop reading yet. Most people cringe at the word “budget,” but it really can be a comforting tool to ensure your money is in order. Essentially, a budget is a plan for how you will spend your cash. It can help you understand where your money goes–not to mention how to streamline your spending to save a little extra. Part 5 of our series pertains to understanding that your new budget may require taking steps to stretch your dollars.
PART FIVE: LIVABILITY
The last step in the budgeting process is simple: be flexible! Don’t get frustrated if you have to keep adjusting the numbers — it’s a part of the process. You might not get everything to fit perfectly the first time, and even small changes in your income or expenses can force you to adjust everything else. Changes like taking on a roommate or getting married may require bigger adjustments.
For additional help with your finances, turn to Mutual Savings Credit Union for free services like OnTrack, a budgeting tool from our partners at BALANCE.
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