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How to Create and Stick to Your Budget


Couple budgetingCreating a budget is not always easy. But it’s an important step if you want to reach your financial goals. To help Texas First Bank customers, we’ve compiled some tips on how to create a budget and stick with it.

Step One: Find Your Balance

The first step in creating a budget is to take a look at your current spending habits. This includes tracking all of the money that you make, as well as all of the money that you spend. Take some time to look at recurring expenses such as rent, utilities, and credit card payments and compare these numbers against your income. This will give you an idea of how much disposable income you have left each month—and what areas need improvement. 

Step Two: Set Financial Goals

Once you have a better understanding of where your money is going each month, it’s essential to set clear financial goals for yourself. Sit down and think about what matters most to you financially; this could include saving for retirement or paying off debt faster. Once you decide on your short-term (under one year) and long-term (over one year) goals, create specific action steps for each goal so that they are easier to achieve over time. 

Step Three: Track Your Spending

The next step in creating a budget is tracking your daily spending. Use apps and spreadsheets, or track manually with pen and paper—whatever works best for you! Tracking allows you to see exactly where your money is going every week or month so that you can adjust accordingly and stay within budget.  

Creating and sticking to a budget can be difficult but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming! Whether it’s setting financial goals or tracking daily spending, there are plenty of helpful tips that can help you stay on top of your finances while reaching your financial goals in the process. With some patience and practice, anyone can become an expert at budgeting!