Category: Budgeting

Budgeting

Tips for Budgeting Towards a Big Purchase

If you want to buy something big, then you will have a selection of options available to you with regards to how you are going to afford it. Unless you have the savings available to pay for it, you will need to either save up for it or borrow money and then repay the loan. Either way you will need to find extra money to put towards the cost of it and doing this is not always that easy.

It is worth taking some time and thought to find a solution to do this. It can actually be quite straightforward but you will need a plan to stick to. If you normally save a certain amount of money each month anyway and you know this will be enough to cover either the amount that you want to save or the amount that you will have to repay on the loan, then you will not have to worry about it. However, it is most likely that you will need to find some extra money from somewhere and this can be difficult.

It is best to start by looking at what you normally earn and spend in a month and look at whether there are some changes that you can make. There may be some changes that you can make which will not have a huge impact on your lifestyle but will help you to save money by spending less. Switching companies for various things is a great way to save. So for everything you buy such as insurance, banking, loans, electricity, gas, TV, phone, broadband and even clothing, food etc, it is worth comparing prices to see whether you can switch suppliers or retailers and save money. If you change your electricity provider, for example, you will just need to spend a little time looking to see which is the cheapest and then you will be able to make a few calls and start paying less, it is very straightforward and probably similarly easy to swap gas, phone, TV, broadband or insurance companies as well. Put a note in your diary to compare prices each year as you may be able to swap again. This can be a great way to save sometimes a significant amount of money without having to put in lots of effort.

It can also be wise to have a think about how you could possibly earn more money and use that to boost your savings or more easily manage the loan repayments. This could mean trying to get more money in your current job; perhaps asking for a pay rise or working more hours if you can. This may not be possible in your main job, but it could be worth considering whether you should get a second job. This can sound very daunting, particularly if you do not have a lot of spare time, but there are a lot of opportunities which you could consider which do not have to be really time consuming. You could take on evening work or weekend work, but alternatively you could also consider taking on some work from home. There are more opportunities available now than ever before for work from home jobs and so it could be well worth thinking about them. Consider what you might like to do and you should be able to find a way of doing it online. It may not be consistent work or paid as well, but being able to earn money while you are at home can be a great way to get some income but still be in a relaxed atmosphere. You could try all sorts of things, perhaps something similar to the job that you do; if you are allowed to or something completely different. It could be related to your hobbies or interests, perhaps or just something that you have always wanted to do.

Spending less money is also an option to perhaps try as well or to do instead. Obviously, comparing prices, as described above and switching who you buy from can be a great way to save money, but if you need more than this, you may need to try other things as well. It can be worth considering whether you can cut down on the amount of things that you are buying as well as buying cheaper things. It is good to think about every single thing that you are buying and thinking about whether it is really necessary for you to buy that item. It can be difficult to remember to do this at first, but with time and practise it becomes easier and you will be able more automatically ask yourself whether the item that you are considering buying is really necessary.