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Tips To Create A Monthly Budget

Buying a home is an exciting milestone for many Canadians, but it can also be a stressful experience, especially when it comes to managing your finances. That’s why having a budget is crucial when buying a home. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the benefits of having a budget and provide a sample budget for a couple making $120,000 annually.

First and foremost, having a budget helps you determine what you can afford. Understanding your financial situation clearly and setting realistic expectations before starting your home search is essential. Knowing how much you can afford will help you narrow down your options and avoid wasting time looking at homes you cannot afford.

Creating a budget also helps you prioritize your needs and wants. When buying a home, getting caught up in the excitement and forgetting about your financial goals is easy. However, having a budget can help you stay focused on what’s important to you. For example, you might be willing to compromise on the size of the home if it means having a shorter commute to work.

Having a budget also helps you plan for the future. When buying a home, it’s essential to think about the long term. What will your monthly expenses be? Will you have room for unexpected expenses? Having a budget can help you answer these questions and plan accordingly. It can help you avoid overspending and ensure you have enough money for emergencies and other important expenses.

Establishing practical goals is crucial for maintaining sound financial well-being over the long term. Identifying your essential needs and identifying areas where you can reduce expenses or adjust your spending habits is important.

When it comes to your personal budget, you want to consider the 50/30/20 rule:

  • 50% of your spending is for NEEDS such as housing, car payments, utilities, and groceries
  • 30% of your income goes to WANTS such as shopping, vacations, streaming services, etc.
  • 20% of your income goes to SAVINGS OR DEBT such as retirement savings, backup funds, child’s education and/or credit card payments

Another benefit of having a budget is that it can help you negotiate a better deal. When you know what you can afford, you can use that information to negotiate with the seller or your real estate agent. You may be able to get a better price on the home or negotiate other favourable terms.

Now, let’s look at a sample budget for a couple making $120,000 per year. Remember that this is just an example, and your budget may differ depending on your specific financial situation.

Monthly income:

  • Gross income: $10,000 ($5,000 Per Person)
  • Net income (after taxes and other deductions): ~$7,650 

Monthly expenses:

  • Mortgage payment: $2,500
  • Property taxes: $350
  • Home insurance: $50
  • Utilities (water, electricity, gas): $250
  • Internet and cable: $100
  • Cell phone: $150
  • Groceries: $800
  • Dining out and entertainment: $300
  • Transportation (car payment, gas, insurance): $700
  • Personal care (gym membership, haircuts, etc.): $200
  • Miscellaneous (gifts, clothing, etc.): $200

Total monthly expenses: $5,600

In this example, the couple’s monthly expenses come out to $5,600, which leaves them with $2,050 per month for savings, investments, and other expenses. Remember that this budget doesn’t include any savings for emergencies or unexpected expenses, so it’s essential to have a separate emergency fund to cover those expenses.

In conclusion, having a budget is essential when buying a home in Canada. It can help you determine what you can afford, prioritize your needs and wants, plan for the future, negotiate a better deal, and give you peace of mind. If you’re looking to buy place to hang your hat, take the time to create a budget and make the home-buying process much more manageable and enjoyable.

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