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Posted: 2005-10-19 / Author: Simon Harris

Budget Building Tools That You Can Use

Many people dread the task of building a budget because they view it as overwhelming and frustrating. But it will make the job easier if you look at it in another light; an important tool to financial freedom. Does it feel as though there is no way to get out of the red and into the black, much less plan ahead for retirement or a vacation? Are you tired of getting paid on Friday and being broke on Saturday? Do you have piles of useless junk that you wish you'd never bought? If this sounds like you, we've got good news! There is a lot of help out there for you in different formats and you will be able to choose which one suits you the best.

One option is to use software like Quicken or Microsoft Money-they are both great options and tools for budgeting. Money management software will take you through the steps and allow you to create or add to categories of spending so you will be able to look at the annual picture. It will then break down what you need to look at every month so that you can be prepared. This software helps with your budget because it lets you see your money all in one place, as well as giving you prompts when it's time to pay your your bills. In fact, some programs will enable you to have payments automatically deducted from your bank account. This is a great feature if you're trying to build your credit report!

As you spend money, you will be able to change the categories; this will allow you get a better picture of where you need to cut back, or where you need to invest more. Many money management software programs often also have companion websites where you can set up an account and further manage your budget or investments.

If you need something a little more hands on to get yourself back into the black, you have many options. You can contact a credit counseling office in your area or online and find out what resources they have available to you. Many offices have free classes on budgeting.

Many people have such a hard time with budgeting because they simply don't know where their money is going! There are some great new websites such as that help with this issue. These web sites will track all of your spending and then help you set up your goals. There is a low monthly fee to use any website that will help you with this, but they are generally very user friendly, and in the case of Money Pants, even fun to use. You will have access to someone who can answer questions and a message board where you can find a lot of other information. One great feature is that they will email you with reminders when you have a bill due.

As you can see, building a budget doesn't have to be an awful task. By doing it right, you will get to watch, step-by-step how your financial picture changes. Just imagine, by taking this step, you may one day soon be debt free, or even own your own home. The key is to take your time, do the process in small bites, and be sure to take advantage of all the help out there. You'll be on your way in no time!

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