Tips On Budgeting
According to Statista, one of the leading providers of market and consumer data, about 42.9% of U.S. households paid income tax in 2021.
The remaining 57.1% paid no individual income tax.
During this year, about 66.9% with an income ranging from U.S.$40,000 to $50,000 paid no individual income tax.
Whichever category you fall into, reviewing and adjusting your budget once a year is considered a sound strategy.
This helps you analyze increases or decreases in income, review debts, and any changes in priorities.
As the needs of our everyday living change, our budget also needs updating.
How to live within your budget?
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Here are steps to managing and budgeting your finances:
1. Total up your household yearly income including salary, bonus, dividends, interest, child support, and others.
2. Make a list of your expenses under Fixed Expenses and Flexible Expenses.
Fixed expenses include rent or mortgage payments, tax, debt repayment, and any others.
Flexible expenses comprise those over which you have some control such as utilities and food.
3. Add up all the Fixed Expenses.
4. add up all the Flexible Expenses.
5. Divide each of these two by 12 (months). This gives you an idea of your monthly spending.
Salary (including all perks)
Total income =
Rent, mortgage payment
Others (such as enforced savings or accumulating funds)
Total Fixed Expenses =
Furnishings & Equipment
Automobile maintenance including gas, oil
Medical care (not reimbursed)
Dental care (not reimbursed)
Total Flexible Expenses =
Total Expenses (Fixed + Flexible) =
Total income minus Total expenses =
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