Do you manage your family budget? Or does your other half take charge? Keeping watch over all the family spending and savings can be stressful. Like laundry, it’s a never-ending chore; yet with smart budgeting there’s an upside: With a little oversight, you can become more disciplined with spending and even uncover things like unauthorized charges!
Food for thought:
1. Have a system that saves you time – try www.Mint.com (they also have an app) – it automatically downloads all your bank and credit card statements, organizes into categories and makes calculations
2. Review every charge – are you familiar with everything? Keep your receipts on hand. Credit card fraud or even “mistakes” can happen to everyone.
3. Sit down once a month with your partner to talk finances – it could just be a quick 15 minute review of the budget together.
4. Set a goal. Some ideas could be an exotic vacation next year, more money toward college savings, or a conservative “rainy day” fund.
So often couples fight over money – your opportunity is to preempt this by being open, honest, and collaborative about your finances. Don’t let you lack of time intimidate you!
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