A personal or household budget is an itemized list of expected income and expenses that helps you to plan for how your money will be spent or saved as well as track your actual spending habits. Though the word budget has taken on a more negative connotation over the years invoking an image of pinching pennies or limited spending, a budget is really just a tool_and a great tool at that_to gain better and more accurate insight into your spending habits.
Budgeting and saving money doesn't come naturally to many people, for obvious reasons: it's easy and tempting to spend money on non_essentials, even if your budget is tight. So how can you get on track with a realistic budget and save money? These strategies, taken together, have the very real potential to improve your financial situation.