Being only 20 I didn’t want anyone to feel annoyed by me giving financial advice. Although I truly disagree that age has ANYTHING to do with being good at something or being “allowed” to give advice. Heads up, this is all my personal advice that works for me. By no means is this the only way or the “right” way. I do have evidence that it works though haha

Okay let’s get into it! P.S. feel free to skip to what you need in this blog!

Your habits make you rich.


Savings

Let’s start with the hardest part…putting money away and not touching it. Ya feel me? It’s very important though.

Here’s the why

-Emergency money 

(EX: car repair, speeding ticket to pay, you get the flu and need to buy medicine)

-Future Milestones

Some banks like PNC will give you 2 savings accounts, a long-term and short-term. This would be more long-term savings

(EX: buying a place, down deposit on a new car, your wedding, etc.)

-Holidays

(EX: Setting aside money for Christmas, Birthdays, etc.)

 

How frequently do you want to save money?

Don’t stress yourself! If money is tight, save $5 a week, it really doesn’t matter. It’s what works for you best, any money saved is great! I have a day job other than my businesses so I try to save $50 a week from that income!

Budgeting ahead 3-6 months

I budget ahead 3 months! This means that I am able to look at a spreadsheet (Excel, but a lot of different systems work including a paper system) and see 3 months ahead from present time…

exactly how much…

  1. Income coming in (paycheck, sales, bookings)
  2. money going out (EX: monthly bills)
  3. overall total (exactly how much $ in the bank after bills are paid/income)

 

I update my spreadsheet every. day. I keep my receipts from the day and plug in how much I spent or made so that my spreadsheet matches my bank account total. (It can get overwhelming if you forget to update it) Don’t think that what is plugged in is all you can spend. Things happen and it’s okay to spend money! This budget only SHOWS me what’s going on, it doesn’t tell me what to spend, that’s my choice. But by seeing “okay in 1 month if I were to buy this now then I’ll have X amount in the bank.”

I have 2 bank accounts, business and personal. If I want to spend money on extra things, I either have my business write me a check or I take out cash.

The Why

-Helps you feel safe

-shows expenses/income all at once so it’s less overwhelming

-Helps for bigger investments to see how it’ll effect the total in X amount of months

(EX: Let’s say I want to buy a camera that’s 2k. By having my spreadsheet I am able to plug that in, and see how it effects the budget even 3 months ahead! Sometimes we THINK we can’t afford something…but this spreadsheet allows you to see “oh wow this is totally doable.”


Money for shopping/Treat ya self

Here is my take on this. If you can afford to treat your self a lot? Do it! If money is tight then do it once/twice a month until you can more. I don’t save money for shopping/etc. If I see my spreadsheet and there’s wiggle-room for spending money then I use it 🙂 There is no limit to how much relaxing you deserve. You can’t be successful if you aren’t taking care of yourself!

EX: nails, massages, new clothes, take-out, movies, makeup, hair appointment, etc.

If you’ve paid your bills and saved some money aside like I discussed earlier, then treat ya self!


Building your business, financially. 2 great TIPS

  • Only use business income to feed the business

If you are just starting obviously you need to use money from your personal to get it started! But as you grow and your business grows, there will be months where you aren’t making profit because the money you make should go BACK into the business to help it grow!

EX: When Chicka & Co. started, my first sales weren’t profit. I had to make back the money I spent on many things! Like: printer ($350) website ($110) employees packing ($100-150) etc! But now that I have fed the business, I’m profiting!

  • Save a % of each sale or service booking for taxes

EX: 1 Session = $50.00 into savings OR every 5 sessions = $100.00 into savings

the best part? As you see in the example there is no “right way” heck if you wanted to not put away for taxes and just pay whatever you owe when the time comes then so be it! Do what works for YOU. (I just pay whatever I owe, I’m not a big saver lol)


Credit Cards

AH! SCARY! right? actually no! I LOVE credit cards! If you hate them, you may be using them wrong. Here’s what I do!

The Why

-Just because you don’t need one doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have one.

And some of you might think right now “Don’t need one?? YES you do!” I’m saying this because I know 20 year olds with no credit card. Let’s face it, high school failed us lol

-Builds.your.credit.

You need credit to buy a house, get a job, get a phone service, renting a place, financing a car, qualify for insurance, get loans, and ironically… to get a credit card!

Great ways to use your credit card without being overwhelmed by it:

Gas

(I 100% encourage this, fill up your tank all the way every time you need to and just pay it off monthly)

business investments

(If you need a new computer for your business but can’t afford it)

monthly bills

(If you want to build your credit in an easy/safe way, just use a credit card for EX: your phone bill)

-Don’t miss a payment & don’t pay the minimum option


 

Freebies

Ready to start fresh and budget like a boss? Here’s a spreadsheet! (for video keep scrolling)

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Easy ways to save money (drag and drop to desktop)

 

 

 

10/22/17

Budgeting Like A Boss

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  1. Sarah says:

    So. Freaking. Good.

    Downloaded & ready to adjust my budgeting woes.

  2. Stephanie Austin says:

    Very Very helpful!! I downloaded the excel sheet and am making it my new years resolution to use it every day. Thank you so much 🙂

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