|Your Take Home Pay|
|Spouse's / Partner's Take Home Pay|
|Child Support (received)|
|TOTAL INCOME $||$|
|Income - Expenses|
|INCOME - SPENDING||$|
Is your actual spending different from what you guessed last week?
|Rent or Mortgage|
|Other loan payment|
|Gas / Heating / Fuel bill|
|Total credit payments|
|Oil change (car)|
|Eating out costs|
|Doctor / Dentist|
|Charity / Church|
Answer these questions. Next ask your family the same questions. Are you surprised at their answers?
1. In what areas would you like to spend less next month?
2. Can you give up spending money in any area?
3. Can you lower what you spent in other areas?
Cleaning - Bleach is the best kitchen and bathroom cleaner. Baking soda removes baked-on grease spots on the stove.
Gifts and Donations - Give time in place of money to charities and churches. Make gifts for family and friends or give time - offer to baby sit, clean, do odd jobs, or run errands.
Cars - Run errands all at once to lower money spent on gas. Change oil often and keep car tuned to lower repair costs. Carpool when you can.
Utilities - Turn off lights. Use your air conditioning less. Turn your heater controls down. Seal cracks around windows. Only wash clothes when you have a full load. Always rinse clothes in cold water.
Telephone - Stop using Caller ID, voice mail, call waiting, and other extras. Cut back on long distance.
Food - Buy foods in season. Drink tap water in- stead of bottled water or sodas. Beans are healthy and low cost! Don't use prepackaged foods that cost a lot and are unhealthy. Use leftovers.
Adapted from Cutting Costs, Virginia Cooperative Extension publication 354-155. 1999
Keep up the good work! You are on the road to financial success.
For more information, contact your local Virginia Cooperative Extension Office.
Reviewed by Mabel Dianna Edlow, Extension Specialist, Virginia State University
Virginia Cooperative Extension materials are available for public use, reprint, or citation without further permission, provided the use includes credit to the author and to Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, and Virginia State University.
Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
May 1, 2009