Get the Most Bang for Your Budget
For most of us, budgeting ranks at the very bottom of our to-do lists, right below completing our taxes and visiting the dentist. In fact, two-thirds of Americans don’t even prepare a detailed budget at all, says a recent Gallup poll. According to researchers, “It is certainly possible that the strain of the recession or that modern banking technology — the ability to check one’s bank account balance or get money at any time — has caused fewer Americans to feel the need to budget.”
I reckon we’re also experiencing some fatigue over the entire notion of budgeting. The term itself is enough to elicit dramatic eye rolls. And since the recession, there’s been a growing emphasis on scrimping and saving and appropriating every penny into its own category, which — don’t get me wrong — has its merits, but in practice, can feel a lot like eating a bowl of your least favorite vegetable (for me, that’s zucchini).
But for those of us yearning for some financial order in our lives and ample wiggle room to actually start having a lifestyle, instead of just a life, budgeting can be instrumental. Check out my piece on DailyWorth.com for seven tips on how to get the most bang for your budget.