Blog 25: Budgeting for Dummies!
I think you know where I’m going with this one when I say budgeting hurts to do sometimes, but it’s something we have to consider.
In this blog I’m gonna show you how you can do this yourself and in the easiest way possible. but before that, let me introduce myself.
Welcome to the Finance Spot. Before we dive in, allow me to introduce myself, the blog, and my podcast!
Before we dive in allow me to introduce myself, My name is Akshith Konda. I’m a 21-year-old College Student and the CEO, writer, author, and editor of The Finance Spot.
It’s just something I do for fun, I’m also the CEO, Main Host, and Business Director of the On Your Own Two Feet Podcast.
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In order to budget properly for any range of salary, we need to see the outlooks of the following things, the money you are making, the tax rate your income falls under, Vital Essentials, Investments, Passions, Rent/Mortgage, Loans, and Transportation. (All Prices are in USD)
So I’ll create an annual budget plan for someone making 100k, who is single, living in a apartment where the rent is 500 USD, has a car which has a loan and is almost paid off, has several investments in his 401K as well as stock in the Stock Market, loves doing sporty things, has a love for entertainment, has a loan of about 35k with 90% paid off and has refinanced to lower his number of payments, and has insurance on his car, himself, and has an active life insurance policy.
1.Tax Rate: ~$19.6%(~13.74K, though this can change based on assets held and tax loopholes), Employers usually withhold some and some of their employees taxes other taxes must be paid by the head of the household or the person the salary is paid to.
2.Vital Essentials:~$4k(Everyone’s is different if your on the low end and are not vegan and eat not organic you may see something around 3200, higher end you might see something like 4,500 or 5k).
3. Rent: ~$8k per year( some Landlords include Utilities and renewal fees in their Rent and some don't but if he or she doesn’t it would be ~6k)
4. Investments: $13–$20k per year, some would say a 401k is not worth it but I agree and disagree, get a trust, buy a few acres of land or some real estate and put it in the trust, that way you have some appreciating assets, check out my Blog about never actually needing the Bank, some would also suggest that you keep about 13–20% of your post tax annual income in a savings, trust or brokerage account.
5.Fitness: anywhere from $200–$1.1k annually. Some apartment complexes come with one so for this example let’s just say he’s a high performing athlete type person.
6. Entertainment Services: For this let’s assume he has Youtube TV, Netflix and Disney+ and has the full package on both, that’s about $60+$219+$80 respectively so annually he pays $359 so lets say $370 after all taxes and everything.
7. Loans: so he’s refinanced this loan of $35k from an interest rate of 2.1% to a refinanced rate of 0.4% so he’s paid 90% of it off so he’s made about $31.5k in payments already he has 4 more payments of 800 to make, now his car a 2018 BMW M2, a $50k vehicle he put $49.5K down and is paying the rest at 1.08% now that's better than average(1.78%), so he’ll pay it off in 6 months. His average car payments are anywhere from $20–$50 per month.
8. Insurance: this can get tricky, now he has a life insurance policy he’d be paying let’s say about $21 per month based on provider, health records and policy range. Health Insurance is also a good thing to have and it can go from $10 bucks a month to $50 bucks a month, this is usually based on health issues and how many times you’ve maxed out your deductible. Health insurance allows you to prepare for an emergency.Some hospitals can charge up to $10 million for procedures. Car insurance is about $30–$90 a month based on accident records, driving record, how you drive and other factors.
Expense total: This is a Post Tax Break Down of all expenses.
Obviously this is a large variable as most people’s salaries change but My point with this exercise is to show you that its not always gonna be easy to maintain your bank account. So be careful where your putting your money and how much you spend.
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