It’s raining, and I am almost positive you have considered purchasing a camel coat to throw over your stylish work digs, only one problem though. They are either too expensive or too cheap or just to blah. Well, I found some that are reasonably priced, good* quality, and super chic.
I’ll be writing about everything budget related this month and I am super excited to share. To start, I will give a quick guide on how to set-up and maintain your budget.
Why Have a Budget
I created a budget to keep track of my funds. I like to shop, a lot, and this is a bad habit when you also want to save for a house, car, or whatever. I needed something I could visually see that captured the big picture and just looking at your bank account doesn’t cut it. The best thing you can do to start your road to financial success is understand where every dollar goes. Like the cliché saying, when you know better you do better, and this applies to your money management as well. I did not create a budget to restrict myself from buying what I wanted. I created a budget to better align my spending with my goals. With a budget I can see, and it has helped me with my money management tremendously.
What to Use
I created my budget using Google Doc’s spreadsheets (see here) and example below. I used this tool instead excel or word because I could easily update my budget at any time and not have to go to my email/computer to pull a copy. There is also a Google sheets app (download here) that you can have on your phone or iPad which features an offline mode option for editing on the go. The tool is just like excel and pretty easy to use on all devices.
How I Set-up a Budget
Are your work clothes to youthful or to aging? This is the inspiration for this month’s workwear theme as I get back to our regular scheduled program, weekly outfits you can wear to work.
“Dressing your age means feeling comfortable in your own skin and working with what you’ve got.”
This week I received my monthly CalCPA magazine which featured these gorgeous women making a footprint in their careers. Every month I scowl the mag for great career advice that I can share and happily I found a great read. The ladies, who are all in finance & accounting, share their insight into some common career focal points. Check out the quick read below to learn more about how these women thrive in the business world.
I pulled what I thought was the most notable career advice for any avenue:
While on your journey, work hard and be true to yourself. Strive every day to do your best and learn as much as you can.
Success doesn’t happen overnight, but with the right environment and the right work ethic anything is possible
The best mentors in my career have developed organically and naturally, through people I’ve met. You should seek out your mentors- people you admire and get along with.
I see the impact of the board of directors on an organization, so why not create your own personal board of directors?
Today, in many cases, women can set their expectations as high as they want and their success will depend upon their actions.