A Diva’s Budget

  • NEW Everyday Diva Logo PNGPutting together a budget is an extremely helpful tool for someone trying to get their financial house in order. During the process, they can find out what expenses are necessary, what expenses aren’t and what expenses they should start to incur.

Prepare the Budget with an Advisor

I recently sat down with an opera singer who is a friend of mine to go over her budget. For some time she’s had the feeling that she was making a pretty penny but didn’t have anything to show for it.

During the review we were able to determine that certain bills had to be paid. They included rent, car, power, medical insurance, student loans, retirement savings and a number of other necessary bills.

Know the Goals and Outcome of a Budget Review

Now part of the reason that she wanted to go through the exercise was to determine how she could set aside money for simple savings for a rainy day but also carve out a portion of her income for continuing her opera lessons.

With this review we also came across expenses that where secretly and subtly draining her pocket book. Namely food. This included not only the food that she bought for the home but also what she spent every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It was adding up.

On top of those expenses she noticed that going out with her friends was hurting her finances. She realized that she was spending too much going to dinners, movies, and generally hanging out with her friends.

Do What the Budget Plan Recommends

Now to be fair, the review was not designed to say that she should stop doing what she was doing all together. It was however designed to let her know where the challenges where and how to fix them. Namely watching what she buys outside the home for lifestyle.

This part of the review is critical. Once we identified what needed to be done she needed to do it. This is not to say that she won’t spend a little extra here and there but she needed to follow the plan to make it work. That way she can achieve a healthy financial balance in her life.

Putting together a budget with a financial advisor can go a long way in getting ones financial house in order. They provide independent, expert eyes that can look at the finances of their clients and determine what the best use of money is and where they can make improvements.

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Make Political Donations Part of Your Financial Plan

Do you make giving to politic47152wn6unnf73bal campaigns part of your overall financial plan? Government plays a critical role in our daily lives. The scope of that role can include monitoring the quality of the air that we breathe, maintaining the strength of the military that protects us or funding the care provided by Medicare and Medicaid. Government also strikes partnerships with the business community to help meet our collective needs.

What do You Want Government to Do?

For many Americans, the critical role of government and their relationship with business is a great association. They believe it’s a link that should continue into the future and evolve to meet the countless needs of our democracy. Others however think that role should be reduced as much as possible.

Whatever a voter’s belief in the role of government, it is a system that needs financial support. Support that is needed at the local, state and federal level.

Plan Political Donations like other Life Goals

Like planning for college, retirement or starting a business, political giving can fit in the financial planning of American voters. The giving can be done on a periodic basis or on an occasional basis. Regardless of how it’s done though putting together a plan with a financial advisor can go a long way in enhancing not only the lives of the giver but the efforts of the candidate they support.

Contributors can look for causes they care about. A strong business focus, caring for the homeless, reducing taxes or insuring that everyone is covered by medical insurance. Whatever the cause, supporting candidates that believe in those causes can add a lot to the overall satisfaction of the donor along with our democracy.

Choose How Much to Donate and When

Once donors have chosen the campaigns to contribute to they can decide on what the dollar amount will be on a regular or periodic basis. That amount of course should work within the overall financial budget. If not financial problems could develop down the line.

Again, this support can start at the school board level or it can go as far as a national campaign. The important part is to keep in mind that elected officials also respond to those who donate to their campaign. By giving on a consistent basis voters can let their voices be heard.

Political donors throughout the country care about a number of issues that affect our society in either a small or big way. The best way to have their voice heard is not only contacting their politicians but also giving to their campaigns. When it comes to having an overall financial plan to do that, once necessary bills are paid, giving to political campaigns can help enhance the life of not only the giver but the politician that is receiving the donation.

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