What is a Budget?
A budget is a tool used to plan and evaluate spending patterns. It is an estimation of all income and expenses and a financial road map for day to day living. Families who operate within a budget generally have fewer financial problems than a family that pays the bills when they come and then sees what is left at the end.
Successful budgets: generally measured by adding up all of the pluses and minuses in each category of spending, and finding that the bottom line is more or less what the budget projected it would be.
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