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Getting started with other software products:

If you are real lucky you might find a budgeting software package in your PC computer.  If you have Windows, look in programs to see if you have one.


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To do that, left-click the


button in the bottom left corner of Windows and move your curser to all programs and all the programs on your computer will be displayed.  Look for a budget program- if luck is with you you'll have one.


If you have financial software you may already have a starter set of categories in the software package.  Otherwise you will probably have to enter the categories one at a time when you enter the budget data.


Here again, you don't have to start out with everything.  Try doing a few expenses along with your income and see if that works for you.


If it does, add the rest of the expenses, little at a time.  There should be instructions on how to get going with the particular software package that you have.


Again if you start out slow it won't be a pain.  If you have a Bill Pay bank you may be able to download your bill pay entries into the software you have.


Mindset- getting into a budget routine:

It is difficult to start up something that isn't really on your 'favorite things to do list' but there are many reasons why you need to put budgeting up high on your priority list.


You probably know all the reasons why you should budget, you probably already know that it's something you need to do, but it's hard to get going.


Its' a lot like dieting, in a way.  If you are really dedicated to something you make time for it.  You keep it in routine.  Routine tells your brain that this must be important because you see it every day, multiple times a day.


It's called focusing.  When you focus on something it can become a habit, a routine, that if for the good, will be very beneficial.


If you don't have one [focus list], make one and add the things you want to accomplish along with budgeting and review it each day.  The important thing is that you look at it every day and before you know it you will be acting on them.


While you're at it, when you add budgeting to your focus list also add investing.  You may not know now but budgeting and investing will become very important in life, might as well get a head start.


Summarizing the importance of budgeting:

Lets face it, you don't have to budget.  There are a lot of people out there that don't.  And life probably won't end if you don't.  But you've got to ask yourself- is that good enough.


It won't take but a little time to gather your bills and income together, jot them down on a spreadsheet and add a couple more columns to do the arithmetic.


You will be glad you did and I've got a feeling if you got this far you probably will be inclined to take the big step.


A major benefit to getting your finances under control, using a budget, is that you are able to go in and decide if you can do without things or make budget cuts- your workplace does it, why not you.


It can be very satisfying when you can manipulate your budget, cut something out, or reduce consumption of something and be able to take the savings over to your investments or vacation fund.


Your creditors and your investments will be glad you did, family too.  Good luck and remember one important thing- you come first, take that first chunk of money each month and save it.


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