As you watch the fireworks or celebrate with family and friends on December 31, you probably won’t be thinking about budgeting. That’s totally fine. The way to fully enjoy the moment, though, is to have your January budget in place.

Knowing that your money plan is ready will get you in the mood to party like you are financially FREE! Debt Guides is here to help you do just that with eight things to remember for your January budget. According to Dave Ramsay here’s 8 quick tips:

  1. Healthy food costs: One of your New Year’s goals may be to eat healthier. More fruits and veggies, fewer sweets-you know the drill. Local or organic food can carry higher price tags. Adjust your grocery budget so  Whole foods doesn’t take your whole paycheck.
  2. Tax advisor fees:Once 2016 is in the books, it’s time to take a look at your books-or have a tax pro do the work for you. Determine their cost and divide it by the number of months  until your appointment so you have the fee money ready. Make that appointment ASAP so if you have time to save.
  3. Gym Memberships: If your ready to join a health club and shed the holiday weight, good for you! The average cost is R99-R300 a month. Don’t forget-the more trips you make, the more value you get!
  4. Christmas Savings:You’ve probably had your fill of Christmas for now. But next Christmas will be here before you know it, so begin planning now. Figure out how much you want to spend on gifts, decorations and travel. Then divide it by 12 and start stocking that amount away.
  5. Organization Tools: Many people make New Year’s resolution to get organized. That could mean purchasing shelves, buying an electric file organizer, or just doing some long-overdue cleaning.
  6. Money Goals: 2017 May be the year you pay off that student loan or finish your emergency fund. Determine the target month and divide out your money. Save R500 a month if you want to have your R1, 000 emergency fund saved up by February. A R6, 000 credit card debt will be history by October if you put R600 a month towards it. Pacing yourself this way works wonders.
  7. New Experiences: Research shows you’re happier when you spend money on experiences instead of physical things like, a car or Flat Screen TV. Dream about your next adventure, then take the “save a little each month” money approach.
  8. New Hobbies: You may be excited about going camping on the weekends or hiring a tutor to teach your kids a new language. Set some CASH aside and enjoy your new pastime!

The new year and your new monthly budget gives you two things; a clean slate and a chance to do something awesome. Grab hold of the next year and do great things with it-one month at a time!


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