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Ever spend all weekend getting your budget ready for the new month, only to have it all fall apart again by day 3 of the month?
The realness is that if you are struggle to keep your budget together, there is likely many things coming against you. Here are the 5 biggest reasons you cannot stay on budget (and what to do about them!)
Your bills are too much. Find ways to lower your bills. Call companies. Get rid of your new car. Find a roommate.
There is always ways to lower your current bills. We have done it plenty of times with rent all the way to our utilities. Rent we negotiated. Ask. It doesn’t hurt to ask your landlord to lower your rent. Utilities, ask to work them off. We have not paid utilities for almost a year and half. We have even received free rent! Yes, there is a way and you can do it too! I am rooting for you, and if you need our help. E-mail me and we can set up a 1:1 Budget Session. We have a special going on right now for 6 months, ask us about it.
You are spending too much money on food.
This is the biggest budget buster for budgets.
Track your spending on only food for the month, and meal plan for a week. You’ll be surprised at how much you stop at a gas station or run through a fast food restaurant because you don’t feel like cooking. We have a perfect meal planning 101 guide to help you spend less on groceries and use what you have. You will rarely throw away food and waste it!
1 Corinthians 6:12-13 “…We can do anything we want to. But I tell you that not everything is good for us. So I refuse to let anything have power over me…”Food is meant for our bodies and our bodies are meant for food.” But I tell you that God will destroy them both…”
Food is not our God… Our God is our God. Try not to worship food.
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Trying to keep up with the neighbors. Yea, we have all be there.
That feeling of wanting something just because they have it. But this is self-care, we’ve learned to just enjoy what we have right in front of us and be content with our own life! This bible verse has helped us stop the comparison game and just be us.
1 Peter 3:3-4 “Don’t depend on things like fancy hairdos or gold jewelry or expensive clothes to make you look beautiful. Be beautiful (and fun) in your heart by being gentle and quiet. This kind of beauty will last, and God considers it very special.”
Talk it out with your spouse or a friend of why you want what they have. It is good to talk it out if you are feeling jealous and are trying to keep up with the neighbors.
How to talk out your emotions?
Write it down it will look like this:
ME: “Hey, I am jealous of my friend they have the latest car.”
JEALOUS: “What do you have that they do not have?”
ME: “I get to be working towards being debt free and not have a suffocating car payment.”
JEALOUS: “How does that make you feel now?”
ME: “I am excited, encouraged, feeling grateful for the car I have now and I am going to go wash it!”
JEALOUS: “Yes, go and take care of what you already have because that new feeling of a brand new car is gone in a few days. Make your old car feel new!”
ME: “Thanks for talking me out of being jealous of my friend.”
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You are not coming to realness that you need help.
Living paycheck to paycheck is rough. Been there! Not fun!
Having to work two or even three jobs because you have to or you want to do more fun things. Really not fun!
When I was struggling with my student loan payments, that is when I first took a budgeting class. We took another budgeting class when my husband and I got married so we both could get on the same page. It is not something to be shameful of, but to be grateful for.
Yes, the truth is hard but even we go through periods where we pay for help to ensure we are on the right path and are making moves to move our net worth to the next level!
It’s not something to be ashamed of, it’s something to be proud of!
Emergencies happen every month.
You put it on your credit card only to pay 18% on interest, and interest rates have just raised on credit cards for the 4th time this year. I did a little research on our credit card to see what our interest rate was because I was curious, and I was blown away. It is 26.40% now!
Causing your emergency to double then triple and then just get out of control. Stop and save up for an emergency! Set aside 3 months of expenses into a saving account! It will help your emergencies not happen so often. They will become an inconvience rather than a stressful oh shoot moment!
Mark 4:38 “…’Teacher, don’t you care that we’re about to drown?”…40 Jesus asks his disciples, “Why were you afraid?””
A problem does not mean God doesn’t care or love you! God will take care of you! He will take care of your emergencies when you live by the way he shows us. He shows us that we should pay back our debts and give freely to him. When we follow it, he has spoken to us to share our stories with you so you can learn the ways to manage your money the correct way too. Gods way to pay back your debts, give, save & invest, and spend.
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