Planning a household or a home budget plan does not need to be impossible, it may start with a fight and may be a rough path like the picture above, but it does not need to be impossible and there is light at through the trees of the budget forest.
Ok, in all seriousness, so then how do you how do you make a family home or household budget plan? If you have not already read the post titled How to Make a Good and Realistic Personal Monthly or Weekly Budget Plan, and Stick with it and Save Money, then you should begin there as this post will just build upon that post and narrow down on the more specific topic of creating and maintaining a family budget rather than just generally make a budget. So go back to How to Make a Good and Realistic Personal Monthly or Weekly Budget Plan, and Stick with it and Save Money, and make sure that you focus on the step of determining what your needs are and what your wants are for your family. What makes this different than just making a budget for yourself is that you will have the rest of your family that will need to provide input on what they feel is essential or important, and what they feel are wants as opposed to needs. As in the related post, How to Make a Good and Realistic Personal Monthly or Weekly Budget Plan, and Stick with it and Save Money, this is going to be a project that is specific to you, and now, specific to your family. It may seem like adding in your family’s thoughts on wants and needs is going to create a complex web of wants and needs that will surely catch your budget in its sticky threads, assuring its stumble and ultimate failure, but this too is accomplishable. You will need to stress the importance of truly evaluating what it is that you want and what it is that you need. This is going to be particularly difficult for the young ones, as they may feel that the movies or laser tag is essential to their survival. It may truly feel like that to them at whatever age they are at, but this is where your seasoned wisdom is going to have to step in and take over. Of course, them being on board is important to the success of the budget, but they too should eventually understand.
- Schedule a family meeting;
- Assess your family’s wants and needs;
- Give them something to fight for; and
- Schedule follow up meeting