Daycare, rebates, nappies and a bit more household income…
Part of “Project Return to Work” had to be a revamp of our household budget.
I use my bucket method for managing our money. There are three basic buckets (bank accounts) as follows.
||Groceries, petrol, eating out, etc.
||Utility bills, medical expenses, public transport, holidays, car maintenance, etc.
|Type of account:
||Online (earning some interest)
Our pay is deposited directly in to each of the buckets.
I’ve found that we control our spending quite well with this method. The everyday expenses can be the most variable, but with only a limited amount of cash in there, we’re forced to stop spending when the bucket is empty.
With Alisi in daycare, we have some new expenses – never before seen in Alisi’s household:
– daycare (including government rebates)
– disposable nappies for daycare (so far we’ve cloth nappied Alisi for the most part)
– lottery tickets (you’ve gotta be in it to win it!).
There’s nothing like having to leave your baby in daycare five days a week to focus the mind on saving the money you make for specific goals. We’re planning to upgrade to a house this year – so every spare cent will be squirrelled away.
What about you? Do you have a budget? If you do, how do you make sure you stick to it?