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A Budget DoesntLimit You, It Gives You Freedom SafeSpaceOnline LOGO
SafeSpaceOnlineMention the b word, as in BUDGET, to afriend and theyll look at you like youhave a third eye growing from themiddle of your forehead. For mostpeople the word budget too often carriesnegative meanings such as limits,restrictions, living on an allowance,giving things up, no shopping, no fun.
SafeSpaceOnline Unfortunately, the point theyre missing is that a budget doesnt limit you but instead gives you freedom. Thats right - FREEDOM. The words budget and freedom are not mutually exclusive, once you understand what a budget can do for you.
SafeSpaceOnline Having and using a budget will give you direction. Your budget is your personal map of how youre going to move financially from point A to point B and so on. Would you like to pay off your credit card debt? Buy a new house or car? Save for retirement? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then let me ask you one more - how are you going to do it? Whats your plan?
SafeSpaceOnline Lets take a look at paying off your credit card debt. Youve decided to lower your debt by adding an extra $20 to your monthly payments. Great idea - as long as you can afford it and you stop using your credit cards. However, you wont know if you have the extra $20 if you dont know what your monthly expenses are from the start. With a budget you may find that you can actually afford more and pay off your debts faster. Youll have the freedom to use your money more wisely and achieve your goal.
SafeSpaceOnline How about saving for retirement? Unfortunately most of us dont consider retirement savings until were into our forties or even fifties. Imagine if only wed been smarter, had a budget, and started contributing toward our retirement when we were 10, 20, or 30 years younger? Having a budget doesnt limit you. It gives you the freedom to make informed financial decisions, allows you to use your money more wisely, and achieve your financial goals more quickly and easily.
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