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Budget & Personal Money Management

Pay your bills on time, in full with checks that do not bounce,
no matter what is happening in your life.


A budget is like a roadmap. Its a tool that can easily tell you whether you are going in the right direction or not. It helps you decide what you have to have and what would be "nice" to have. You have goals and dreams. Maybe you want to own a home, or send your children to college. You may just want to retire a few years early, take a vacation, pay off your debt - or you may just want to ensure that you can afford to pay-off all of your bills at the end of each month.

To set your budget you'll need to gather some information:

  • How much money do you make?
  • How much money do you spend?
  • How much money is left over?
  • What do you do with the money left over?

Because you have access to credit does not mean you have to use it, BE SMART and live within your means. Saving the money will always be cheaper than borrowing and be sure to know and understand what the terms of a loan are and how much it will cost you to rent their money.

Rule of Thumb

Less than 20% of your income should be for installment debt, credit cards, bank loans, and student loans

BAD LUCK CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE - if it happens to you be sure to contact your creditors immediately and tell them what is going on. Then evaluate your options:

  • Take a second job
  • Change spending habits
  • Borrow money from bank or family
  • Negotiate different terms with lenders
  • Seek help from a Credit Counseling Agency

Budgeting Tips:

  • No one cares how you spend your money as long as you pay the bills
  • Know how much you make
  • Know how much you spend on "needs"
  • Know how much you spend on "wants"
  • Save some money every paycheck
  • Make wise choices
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