If you’re in college, you’re probably tired of hearing how it’s the “first step into adulthood.” Yeah, yeah, yeah. Except—it’s true. You are an adult now. So we’re going to treat you like one: It’s time to budget.
Simply put, a zero-based budget is when your income minus your expenses equals zero. This budget method gives every dollar a job, putting you in charge of your money instead of the other way around.
Money conversations can make people uncomfortable or even angry, so they just avoid the issue. Don’t let that be you! Family budget meetings are far too important. You can do this well. Here's how.
When you were young, you probably believed in the tooth fairy: a spritely creature with an affinity for enamel who fluttered in and traded quarters for dislodged teeth.
You’re all grown up now and put those flights of fancy behind you—yet maybe you still hope for a budget fairy to track your expenses, update your spending totals, and set up next month’s budget categories.
Nope. This is the real world, with adult teeth and adult financial responsibilities. One of those responsibilities is closing out your monthly budget. Even though that sounds overwhelming or like one more task to clutter your to-do list, it isn’t that bad. We promise.
If you want to know how to close out your monthly budget, you don’t need magic. You just need to follow these five, simple steps.
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