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Six Keys to Budgeting Success
by Nancy Twigg
Nancy Twigg is a speaker and author who loves inspiring others to live more simply. Adapted from Nancy’s newly revised book, Celebrate Simply: Your Guide to Simpler, More Meaningful Holidays and Special Occasions (www.celebratesimply.com). Visit Nancy online at www.countingthecost.com
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Nancy Twigg

hear the word "budget," our family budget has come to be one of my best friends.

One key to abundant living for us is financial peace -- knowing that we are living within our means while setting aside money to meet short-term needs and long-range goals.

If your family is having trouble in this area, consider these six keys to successful budgeting:

SIMPLICITY - If your budgeting system is too complicated, you probably won't stick with it very long. Start with a system that is simple for both you and your spouse.

CLARITY - Be clear about your goals and what you wish to accomplish. Make sure your budget reflects what is most important to you. For example, if you say giving to charity is important but you don't budget for it, guess what will happen? It probably won’t get done.

FLEXIBILITY - It takes time and experimentation to find a system that works for you. Be flexible. Don't give up if a particular method doesn't work; just keep at it until you find one that does.

REALITY - Be realistic in your budgeting and financial goals. If you aren't, you set yourself up for failure. Strict budgeting is like strict dieting. It's hard to keep at it for very long. When possible, give your budget a little breathing room.

UNITY – Is there a particular goal you are working toward? Maybe the goal is for Mom to be able to stay home with the kids or the family paying off all credit cards and getting out of debt. Budgets work best when everyone in the family understands and agrees on the end goal.

CONSISTENCY - An exercise program won't work if you don't stick with it. Neither will a budget. You have to be consistent, not on-again-off-again. If you spend more than you should one month, it's not the end of the world. Just buckle down and commit to doing better next month.



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