Make sure to have these items listed on your yearly budget.

Sure, it’s easy to remember things like rent, car payments and cell phone bills, but some things can slip through the cracks and derail your budget partially through the year. If you’re set on making a better budget for the upcoming year, here are a few things to remember to start off strong and keep you on track all year long.  

Don't Forget This on Your Yearly Budget

January 13, 2017

Don't let these items slip off of your budget for the year.

Welcome to a new year! Now is the time to start fresh on all of your goals for the upcoming year. Is one of them to be better about your budget and money management? You’re not alone! According to statisticbrain.com, 34% of Americans make a money-related resolution each year.

Sure, it’s easy to remember things like rent, car payments and cell phone bills, but some things can slip through the cracks and derail your budget partially through the year. If you’re set on making a better budget for the upcoming year, here are a few things to remember to start off strong and keep you on track all year long.

Trips: know you’re heading to the in-laws for the holidays or flying out for your cousin’s wedding? Figure out what the gas or flights will cost for any trips you have planned for the year, so it doesn’t surprise you later in the year.

Subscription costs: it’s the day and age of subscription boxes—have you factored them in? Whether you’re a Birchbox lover or Blue Apron cook, don’t forget to tally them in. Also remember to list the costs of magazines, product subscriptions or monthly services, like the gym.

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Fees: will your driver license need to be renewed? Do you have any type of certifications or business licenses to maintain? Also think about any tests you may need to pay for, whether for school or work.

Car Costs: make sure to factor in the upkeep costs, such as oil changes and tire rotations, plus the cost to update your license plate and/or tags.

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Taxes: this is especially important if you work as a freelancer or own your own business. Keep track of how much your taxes will be throughout the year, so you can factor them into next year’s budget. If you receive a bonus at work or win a sweepstakes or giveaway, keep in mind you may need to pay taxes on it in the coming year.

Salon visits: you can probably guestimate how many times you’ll get a haircut or color throughout the year. It might seem minuscule, but it adds up over the year, especially if you have a family.

Health insurance: it’s more than likely that at some point during the year you’ll have to pay a health insurance premiums, co-pays or deductibles. If you pay for multiple plans, such as one for a spouse or child, make sure to add in the health care costs for each family member. 

By keeping these sneaky budget busters in mind, you’ll be prepared to tackle your yearly budget and come out on top by the end of the year. Are you a budget master?  Share your budgeting tips in a comment below.

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