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Budgeting basics

By Mark Lambie

Is your credit getting you down? Ever feel like there is not enough money
in the month to pay your bills? You are not alone. Many people struggle to
make ends meet, probably more than you realize. But good news is here.
There are many strategies you have available to help you make ends

The first thing you want to do is create a monthly budget. There are many
computer programs that can help you do this so you may want to use one
of them. Alternatively, if you are a long time customer at a bank you might
want to ask them from what kind of budgeting suggestions they have for
you since some banks develop information to help their patrons with their
budgets. After all, it's in their interest for their patrons to have a budget!

In developing your budget you should create two columns on a piece of
paper. For one column you should list all your monthly expenses while the
second column should list all your monthly income. Next, find ways to
decrease your monthly expenses while you increase your monthly

It may not always be easy to decrease your monthly expenses but that
might be the easier thing to do than to increase your monthly income. In
fact, decreasing monthly expenses often has an immediate impact on
your budget while increasing monthly income may not be so immediate.

Some things that you may want to do in order to decrease your monthly
expenses may include eating at a restaurant a little less than you do now,
going without satellite television or your cellular phone, and maybe doing
without some of the luxuries you come to expect each month.

Some of the things you can do in order to increase your monthly income
may be something as simple as working overtime one day a week. You'll
be surprised at how dramatic of an effect this can have. Commit to yourself
to use the money that you earned from working overtime to pay down
some of your extra debts. Another idea to increase your monthly income is
to start a work at home job to do in your spare time.

Investing is another way that you can increase your income. Many people
think that it requires capital to increase your income through investing but
that is not the case. One way you can increase your income through
investing without increasing the capital that you spend is by getting a
home improvement loan. Use the money you get from your home
improvement loan to build an addition on your house, put a new roof on
your home, install new windows, or paint a room. The overall effect will be
to increase the value of your home so that when you eventually sell your
house you'll make more money.

About the Author
Mark Lambie is the founder of Loan Source, a website for UK residents seeking secured loans. Visit our website today for a free Secured Loan quote and find out how much we can save you.

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