Most of the time, when people find themselves overspending, it’s because of poor tracking efforts. Tracking your expenditure regularly gives you an accurate picture of where you spend your money and how often you spend it. It can help you analyze your spending patterns and determine the changes you need to make to spend your money wisely in the long run.

If you find yourself regularly overextending yourself beyond your budget, this article is for you. These five tips can help you effectively chronicle your spending and stick to your budget. Keep reading to know more!

1.  Record Your Expenses Regularly

After you set your budget, consider splitting it into different sub-categories, such as rent and utilities, groceries and food, insurance money, etc. Determine how much money you’re willing to set aside for each category.

Make time in your schedule to regularly record your expenses. If you’re the type of person who tends to forget things quickly, record your expenses every day. On the other hand, if you have a stable memory, you can record your expenses once every few days or once a week.

While you record your expenses, calculate the current total balance left in a specific budget category. Knowing how much money you have left to spend for a specific category can help alter future spending.

2.  Categorize Your Expenses

Everybody incurs two types of expenses: fixed and variable expenses. Fixed expenses repeat regularly and usually have a fixed amount of money set aside. Variable expenses like your rent, utilities, insurance payments, etc., have more room for adjustments.

Identifying the nature of your expenses can also help you prudently spend your money. Do you make a lot of impulse buys at the grocery store, or do you have a recurrent expenditure like a Netflix subscription? Determine which expenses are vital and which expenses you can do without, and make room for them in your budget.

3.  Use an Expense Tracking App

If you’re willing to log your purchases on an app, consider using a budget or expense tracking app to stick to your budget. These apps are designed for effective money management, depending on the amount of money you make and spend.

Some apps also provide budgeting tips and ideas based on your spending patterns. These tips can prove insightful and help you create a more sustainable and long-lasting budgeting plan.

4.  Determine a Savings or Investment Plan

Another way to ensure that you stick to your budget is by saving the money that you don’t use. At the end of every month, you can set aside a certain amount of money as a financial cushion for emergency expenses that you might incur the following month.

You can save or invest the money that is left behind after accounting for your budget and emergency fund. Transfer your money into a savings account or invest in a profitable venture to gain some returns on the side. Saving your money ensures that you have less spending money in your pocket, so even if you’re tempted to splurge on an impulse, you can’t.

5.  Identify Changes You Need to Make

Take stock of your overall expenses and find out what’s actually costing you. Is it an unnecessary expense like regularly lending money to a friend in need? Or is it a big recurring expense, like rent or utilities?

Tracking your spending habits can help identify the changes you need to make in your life to ensure that you spend as minimally as possible and stick to your budget.

If you cannot keep track of your expenses or find it hard to stick to your budget, don’t give up. It takes a lot of discipline and willpower to create and stick to a budget. If you’re looking for professionals to help you manage your money, contact us at Briteside Solutions.

We work closely with our clients to create a realistic budget, track spending, and find new creative ways to cut spending without affecting your quality of life. To know more, call us at (888) 851-0646 or email us at