By building a budget you will get a complete overview of where all your money is going. And viewing that information with a critical eye, you can see where expenses can be cut, money can be saved, and breathing room to help relieve some financial stress can be gained. The process can also help put your overall relationship with money into perspective as it will give you the power over the means and not the other way around.
When you have a full picture of your true financial state, you may realize that you are actually worse off than you thought. That can actually be a positive thing, as accepting the truth and dealing with it head on can be extremely empowering and a great way to lighten the financial stress load a little more. Whether you need to seek the advice of a professional credit counselor, need to consolidate your bad debt and put every penny to paying down your obligation, or even going to the local food bank for some nourishment – getting help (and helping others in return) is a great way to reduce the stress related to your financial situation.
The economy is in shambles and everyone is feeling the pressure mount. If going to work terrifies you, as you expect to be the next to receive a pink slip. And you are terrified to open your mail because of the bills. Even answering the phone is off limits due to credit collectors calling you constantly – you need help. Stress of any type can be crippling and trigger off even bigger problems, such as panic attacks or stomach pain for those enduring the burden. By breathing deep and taking some steps to manage your financial stress you can help not only your bank account, but your health as well.
Using a line from the Rolling Stones song as your mantra can be your first baby set. “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need” can be a useful tool to better assess what you truly need for survival. Being hungry and needing to eat is a legitimate need, but craving lobster is a want. Once you can distinguish the two, you can build a household budget separating the two.