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5 Tips for Sticking to Your Budget (Video)

5 Tips for Sticking to Your Budget (Video)

Video Transcript
Now that you’ve built a budget outlining your income and expenses, the trick is keeping up with it. Establishing a few habits can help ensure that you don’t spend more money than your budget allows.
Here are five tips for sticking to your budget:

  • Write out your shopping list before you go to the store. Stick to this list and only buy what you need, which will help cut back on impulse spending.
  • Take out your spending money in cash. Do not allow yourself to use debit or credit cards for extra “fun money” when the cash runs out.
  • Set up automatic transfers. To ensure you are setting aside money for savings, set up an automatic transfer to your savings account each time you receive a paycheck.
  • Focus on the end goal. While being disciplined in your savings can be tough, it’s easier to stick to your budget when you keep the end goal in mind – whether that’s paying off a loan, building an emergency savings or being financially secure.
  • Re-evaluate as necessary. After a few months, you may realize a few categories where you’re stretching your budget too thin. For example, if you have been putting $200 to savings but can really only afford $100, don’t be afraid to make an adjustment.

These adjustments can help you stay on track with your monthly budget.

Saundra Miller

Saundra Miller

Vice President, Consumer Services Manager II (515) 245-5206 Email Saundra

Saundra Miller is vice president, Consumer Services Manager II at Bankers Trust. She began her career at Bankers Trust in 1982 as a teller and advanced through positions of teller supervisor, consumer banker and assistant manager before becoming a branch manager in 1997. In this role, Saundra is responsible for managing all aspects of the North Branch, including business development, community outreach, staff training and development, operations, customer service, budgeting and compliance and security. Saundra also served for over 20 years as the Bank’s IRA administration officer and has held her Iowa Life license since 1985.

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