Zebit Challenge Day 2: Budgeting 101

Okay, I survived Day 1 of the challenge. The biggest thing I noticed was how much more I was thinking about money. Your thoughts get easily consumed with weighing the pro’s and con’s of even the smallest of purchases. That’s why I had to go into research mode… Related: Zebit Challenge Day 1: My Financial Stress Reality Check

Instant budgeting blows my mind.

When Zebit mentioned they had a free budgeting calculator, I thought, “That’s nice.” However, it wasn’t until I actually tried it that I got hooked. I can’t even begin to emphasize how valuable this would have been to me early on in my career. I decided to play with the calculator to see how much it could help me prioritize my finances. Below are a few screen shots to show you how easy it was to work with.

Single, making $45,000/year.

Once I set up my free account, I was brought to a screen where I could put in my zip code, an annual salary, and how many people were living off that income. From there, it instantly gave me a basic budget for all my necessary living expenses. When I clicked on the question mark next to each one, it shared with me what that portion of the budget covers. After that, I could continue on in the process and put in my actual expenses to see where I could be over-spending. It was a quick, easy way to instantly assess the health of your current budgeting.

It’s your turn…

My challenge for you is to go to www.ZebitInstantBudget.com and use it (for free!) to assess the health of your own budgeting. Don’t be afraid. Remember, you can’t reduce your financial stress and get on the path to financial freedom until you know (and, take accountability for), your current financial situation. Then, come back tomorrow to see my own progress on the seven-day challenge and what I’m learning next. Don't miss out on Day 1 of my Zebit Challenge!

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