I have always stressed the importance of having a budget in order to achieve your financial goals and dreams. Now more than ever, it is crucial that every family creates their own family budget that is unique to their family. But when all is said and done, a lot of families still find it a challenge to come up with a budget, and sticking to it in the long-run. Jim Desantis gives a few reasons why the family budget is not successful, and what you need to do to make yours a success and not a statistic.
There is no question that family budgeting should be taken seriously by every family. A healthy cash flow is the only tool available to secure your future and the future of your family, and to live a good life starting today. Unless you get your money habits under control and start treating your household like a banker, you are destined to struggle financially for the rest of your life.
Here are 3 things you must face and overcome:
Family Budget Blocker #1 – A Fearful or Negative Attitude
Let me say that –a positive attitude about family budgeting is basic to your success. If you think of budgeting with doom and gloom (such as a lifestyle diet, lifestyle handcuffs, deprivation, penny-pinching, a major sacrifice), you are sure to fail. Of course you may have a martyr or a masochist complex, and are addicted to a punishing and stressful experience. However, let’s think positive and assume that you are really desperate to get a handle on your finances. A positive attitude about your financial situation will help you think of your family budget as a positive means to a positive end. You will learn that it is a way to achieve your personal dreams, and financial goals. You will see that resisting the instant gratification of spending all the money you earn is worth the rewards you will earn in the end.
Family Budget Blocker #2 – Poor or Weak Motivation
What is behind your desire to create a family budget? Are you trying to calm a stressed out spouse? Are you being forced to live up to the terms of a debt consolidation plan with a finance company? Complying with judge’s order made in bankruptcy court? These are not true motivators because they are outside motivators, and will probably not be easy to maintain under constant stress. The best motivators are internally generated. You must be motivated by the idea that family budgeting will really help you meet your goals and give you a better life.
Family Budget Blocker # 3 – Magical Thinking
What do you expect to gain from creating and following a family budget? Do you think that setting up a family budget will somehow magically make tons of extra cash available quickly? Perhaps you think that the family budget will somehow magically transform your spending habits next week and make you a financially responsible person who has all their bills paid and money left over for luxuries?
Sorry, but, family budgeting is just as serious as any business. Only those who stick to their personal finances, through every setback, will be successful financially. Do not expect pennies from heaven. What you will get, if you work your family finances, is steady and measurable progress towards the goals that really matter to you and your family.
Creating a family budget without a positive attitude about your abilities to handle it; internal motivation to overcome all obstacles, and realistic expectations, will likely set you up for failure, before you even get started. You can greatly increase your chances of success by overcoming the three Family Budget Blockers before you even begin. Family financial crises make most people want to shut off the telephone, stop answering the door, and crawl into bed, but the solutions are really simple.
- One of the easiest steps for any debt or credit repair strategy, is to take an honest look at the spending habits and financial patterns within the household especially if you have a family! It is almost like running a diagnostic on your vehicle. You need to get family members together, and put your family budget under critical examination. This can prove both challenging and painful because most family members will be asked to change their spending habits. This is the first step.
- A close second, and sometimes overlooked, is using a reward system for those family members who get with the new budgeting strategy. Rewards will keep the motivation going! In other words, as you achieve budget goals give yourself or your family members a treat as a reward for a job well done.
As you begin your family budget plan it may seem to be an uphill battle at first but, if you stick with it, you will begin to experience the benefits of family budgeting. Before you know it, you will see big financial benefits on many fronts. Active and hands-on cash management, including savings, planning for retirement, and setting financial goals are becoming increasingly important for the survival and well-being of our families. The marketplace has become extremely competitive for jobs, prices fluctuate wildly for basic commodities such as food and energy. More than ever we need to be prepared by getting our family budgets under control.
It will take a leader in the family to make this work. You can be the one who motivates others to come up with new ideas on how to save money, budget better and spend less! Together you can create unique strategies from a deep understanding of your own situation, demands, and needs. Discover which tips and ideas work best for everyone because money management, and financial strategies are definitely not one-size-fits-all. Your lifestyle, needs, and wants are personal and unique to your situation, and so are the solutions you need to find. Find them and apply them to your family budget plan as soon as possible.