The following is sponsored by Empower.
Having a budget can help you to manage your money better, including saving for retirement, going on a vacation, and saving for your next big purchase.
Budgets are great because they keep you mindful of your income and expenses. With a monthly budget, you will know how much you can spend in a specific category each month, what saving and spending areas need to be worked on, and so on.
But, what if you don’t have a budget, or your budget just doesn’t seem to be working for you?
The average family carries a lot of financial stress. Many households carry student loans, credit card debt, a mortgage, car loans, and many times, other forms of debt such as medical, furniture, and more.
Here are my five tips for a better budget.
1. Have a goal.
My top tip for having a better budget is to have a goal for your budget.