How to Budget for Your Monthly Expenses

iQuanti: Budgeting can be a challenge for many people who feel that a budget is just another word for a restriction. But the purpose of a budget is to help you balance long-term financial goals, like saving and investing, with short-term wants, like taking trips with friends or shopping sprees. 
That means the budget you create should provide a healthy balance of allowing you to live your life today with planning for a more financially sound tomorrow. Here’s what you need to know about how to effectively budget for your monthly expenses. 
Calculate the Essentials 
Every budget clearly distinguishes between wants and needs or non-essentials and essentials to figure out how much money you must spend each month to keep your household running. This includes expenses like: 
Calculate the Non-essentials 
You can typically handle the wants section of your budget in two ways. 
Either way you choose to handle it, make sure you plan to leave at least a little space in your monthly budget for short-term wants. Failure to plan for this area of your budget means you may be strapping yourself too much and overspend later in an act of rebellion. 
Subtract Expenses from Income 
The next task is to add up your monthly income from all sources. That includes any money you earn from a full-time job, side hustle, part-time work, rental income or otherwise. Then, take that number and subtract the total monthly expenses you determined for both wants and needs. 
Regardless of which budgeting approach you choose, it’s best to try and make a plan for all of your income. That means if your income is $3,000 a month and expenses are only $2,500, you need to plan where that extra $500 goes. If you don’t tell it where to go, it often slips away on impulse buys or online shopping. 
The Bottom Line 
The best budget for your monthly expenses is the one you’ll be able to achieve. And budgeting is a process that will morph and change over time. That means you don’t need to commit to one budgeting approach for a lifetime. Instead, feel free to take pieces of different ideas to create a budget that works to keep your needs and wants satisfied while planning for your longer-term financial goals too. 
Source: iQuanti, Inc.