You may wonder if we use a written budget to stay on track with our debt.
I have tried many things over the years and while a written budget with fancy spreadsheets or instant calculation apps are exciting at first, they lose their excitement for me after a few weeks.
The only thing that has worked for me is a good old fashioned hand written notebook. I love lined notebooks. I love the potential of what can be written down on those blank pages.
Each month I write down by week what I need to pay when, taking into consideration due dates and the amounts of the payments.
Here is a generic example of what my schedule looks like this month:
Pay days for us are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Having four jobs and all different paydays helps us feel like we are not living paycheck to paycheck.
You may notice that our mortgage is weekly. This is because with so many other big payments its easier to save weekly for our mortgage rather than pay it in one large sum.
Old Navy will be paid four times this month. I plan on sticking to that unless something else comes up that is an emergency.
Please keep in mind this is only the payments that are due each month. I don’t consider this a budget. This does not include school lunches and haircuts and doctor visits and repairs and entertainment and gifts, etc.
This schedule tells me what I HAVE to pay. As one debt goes away it frees us up to put more into savings and repairs and such. After the Old Navy is paid my husband and I will be redirecting some of that money into more savings and retirement.
Well that’s about it. This is what I look at every Wednesday to see what needs to be paid first before we do other things.
I am used to it so it doesn’t scare me anymore!
What do you do for a schedule to pay your bills? Do you do something similar?
See you again in week 12! -MM