“A penny saved is a penny earned”- Benjamin Franklin
When you are trying to keep your spending in check, it is important to make sure that you incorporate every piece of the puzzle. There are times where you try to maintain your spending according to your budget but fail. If so, you might have forgotten to calculate some expenses that leave you offside from your actual budget. Here are some expenses that you might be missing and should pay closer attention to.
– Auto care
If you own a car, here is where your money has been disappearing to. If you haven’t noticed earlier, you have forgotten to calculate your auto expenses. Although auto care doesn’t require you to pay monthly, it is important to plan for your payment because it is expensive. Start inserting your oil changes and yearly car inspections when you calculate your financial budget.
– Pet care
As much as you love your furry friends, their presence could be one of the reasons why your expenses go beyond your budget. Just like human beings, there are chances your pet would fall sick out of the blue, needing you to bring them to the closest vet. Although annual checks and shots are easier to calculate into your budget, it is harder to keep track of their emergency needs. Putting aside a small amount for your pup or feline friend could help you budget your expenses better.
– Buying gifts
An unexpected need to buy someone a gift could add up and be heavy to your budget. When setting up a budget, you need to make sure that you include your gifting expenses, for baby showers, weddings, and birthdays. There are also chances you would be asked to chip in to buy a colleague or a friend a gift. Resulting in why setting up a gift budget could help you get a clear idea of how much you can spend for gifts and be covered when an occasion pops up.
– Subscriptions and membership
If you are one of those people who love movies, books, or is an active gym-goer, you are probably subscribed to memberships. Your annual subscriptions can eat away your budget. Especially, when subscription companies send you an overly gentle reminder about your subscriptions that sometimes includes an additional cost. Pay closer attention to your membership and subscription bills and make sure you stay in your subscription budget.
– Haircuts and self-pampering
Haircuts are almost unavoidable. Sometimes, you would need to get your hair done faster and more frequently than others. Every time your hair grows and starts to get uncontrollable, hair care comes to the rescue. Not only this, there will be days where you feel like making changes to your hairstyle or probably pamper yourself. So, it is advisable to set a budget for self-pampering and your hair needs.
These expenses tend to slip away in the budgeting process and make you wonder every month about why your spending falls off your budget. Resulting in the importance of keeping an eye on these small expenditures and making sure that your budget covers the big picture.