If You Don’t Have A Budget Yet! Plan A Budget Today!
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Planning a budget may seem daunting at first, but trust me, it’s not that hard! The key is simply taking that initial step and getting started. Once you do, you’ll realize that maintaining your budget becomes a breeze. As a parent, I have always emphasized to my children the importance of understanding when to spend and when to save. In most cases, adopting a saving mentality is beneficial in the long run. Additionally, it’s crucial to consider what we truly need and how our spending choices can benefit ourselves and others alike. A well-structured budget helps us identify what we cannot afford; however, it ultimately falls upon us to adhere to this financial plan. With practice and determination, planning a budget will become second nature for you. Over time, these habits will prove invaluable as they enable you to navigate your finances with ease and confidence. So go ahead – take charge of your financial future by embracing the art of planning a budget!
You will discover that it is not that hard to plan a budget. The thing is just to get started! But once you get it going, then it just takes maintenance to keep it going! I told both of my kids that there is a time to spend and a time to save, most of the time it’s best to have the mentality to save. There is also time to think about what you need and how it can benefit you and others. A budget tells us what we can’t afford, but we are the ones that need to follow the budget. Once you get the hang of it, it will be second nature for you, and the habits that you build will help you navigate your budget. ~ Bill Greguska
1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Develop And Plan A Budget To Get Organized!
If You Do Not Plan A Budget, And Your Thinking Patterns Look Like:
I am not satisfied
Plan A Budget Or Plan To Fail!
If you plan a budget, you will be delighted you did! A designer can plan a budget, sit down, calculate your spending and compare it to what you earn. Setting aside 10% for savings and 30% for housing is a good start. I am sure you have asked yourself, why bother to prepare a budget at this point in life? I have both lived without a budget plan, and also, I have lived with one. Without some system, all the encouragement you want will not help that much. Without any doubt or hesitation, planning a budget is much wiser and more straightforward than leaving things up to chance!
How to Get Out of Debt Using a Debt Snowball
1) List in order cure-all from the smallest total payoff balance to the largest.
2) Get your debt snowball rolling by paying as much as possible on the smallest balance.
3) Once you’ve paid something off, move on to the next debt on the list.
Plan A Budget, And Get A Grip On Your Money!
Here Are Some Helpful Links:
- Should a Christian use a credit card?
- Does the Bible say much about handling money in a marriage?
- What does the Bible say about managing your finances?
- What does the Bible say about saving money?
- Why is the love of money the root of all kinds of evil?
When You Plan A Budget, You Plan To Succeed!
- Plan a budget with wisdom found in the Bible!
How To Do A Budget By Percentages!
How To Spell “Thanksgiving” Concerning Money?
Are You Prepared To Manage The Lord’s Money
Additional Things To Consider When You Plan A Budget:
- Stress is a serious matter and should never be taken lightly; financial problems can be one of the leading causes of stress.
- Regarding your finances: Ensure you and your spouse are on the same page (the same personal financial statement and budget).
- You both need to know: Where are you financially? Where do you want to be? How are you going to get there?
- It is OK for one of you to be responsible for balancing the checkbook and paying the bills. Just do so with the understanding and knowledge of both.
Plan A Budget And Keep It Simple As Possible!
- Give to charities, and churches, others in need 10%
- Save in the bank or mutual fund 10%
- Live on each month at 10%
Proverbs 6:6-8 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
Strategy To Pay Down Your Debt:
- Rank all debt to the amount due
- Pay the minimum on every debt except the debt in position number 1 – for this debt, pay the minimum plus whatever additional funds you have available.
- Adjusting your spending plan
- Increase your income
- Reduce your spending
What’s The Fastest Way To Pay Off Debt?
The Bible Serves As A Crucial Guidebook
Which offers principles on how to not only acquire wealth but also increase it through the power of investment.
1.) “Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.” – Ecclesiastes 11:2
2.) “Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.” – Ecclesiastes 11:6
3.) “Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.” – Proverbs 13:11
4.) “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” – Proverbs 21:5
5.) “Invest your money in foreign trade, and one of these days you will make a profit.” – Ecclesiastes 11:1 (CEV)
6.) “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” – Deuteronomy 8:18
7.) “In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.” – Proverbs 14:23
8.) “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.” – Proverbs 10:4
9.) “Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.” – Proverbs 12:11
10.) “Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.” – 1 Timothy 4:15
Hope these verses have empowered you to manage your money better.
Love Of Money
(This section is from The Book I wrote)
Lord, I need to remember that money is a tool, it is not my god. When people lust over money and treat it as more important than it was meant to be, problems start. I can be thankful for what money enables me to do, where it can help me go, and what it provides for me to eat, but when it gets out of balance, I run into trouble. I believe that contentment is the antidote for lusting over money. I had desired money too much when I was using drugs and alcohol, but I thank you, Lord, for taking those addictions from me.
Lord, I know money is a necessity that keeps the wolves away, but loving it too much can quickly lead me to sin. Help me heed your warning and stay clear of that. I remember a sermon given years ago by my pastor, Stuart Briscoe. When asked how much money is enough, he said, “Just $200 more.” In other words, No matter how much money we have, we always wanted more.
What’s the reason I’m playing basketball? I do it because I love it, I do it because of my family, and that’s it. I don’t do it because of the money, and I don’t do it because of the fame, I just do it because I love it, and I do it for my family because my family enjoys it. ~ Giannis Antetokounmpo, all-star Greek member of the Milwaukee Bucks National Basketball Association team.
Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:
Hebrews 13:5 ESV
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
1 Timothy 6:10 ESV
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
Proverbs 13:11 ESV
Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.
Proverbs 22:7 ESV
The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
Matthew 6:24 ESV
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 ESV
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.
Proverbs 22:1 ESV
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.
Matthew 6:19-21 ESV
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:21 ESV
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
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