Budgeting

BUDGETING, an e-book published, copyright and written by Noel Bradshaw.

Subtitled “How to take control of your money, reduce debt and start living” the book then presents a legal notice declaring copyright, a disclaimer notice declaring innocence of any expressed or implied warranties and non-responsibility for any losses incurred from reading the document. There follows a Table Of Contents, an Introduction, 6 pertinent chapters and a conclusion. The introduction acknowledges the complexity and extensive range provided by the subject but indicates that the basics are the subject of this book. Chapter One then explains that a person must begin “to first get a big picture what it (the budget) is part of, which is personal finance management.” It continues by discussing “needs”, “current position” and “future needs”, explains “cash flow” and elements affecting it and introduces “Budgeting”. Chapter Two explains differences between “good” and “bad” debts and “Budgeting and Debts”. Chapter Three details the importance of having a plan and the importance of “mindset”. Four concentrates on minimizing expenses, expands on the importance of mind set, stresses the need to set goals and stick to them, discusses the difference between needs and wants and suggests alternative means of saving/gaining extra monies. Chapter five is about “Investing in Your Future” specifying simple formulas for saving for the future and risk factors to be considered. Chapter Six considers the subject of “Bad Debts”, the need to address them, how best to handle them and considerations for gaining additional income. The Conclusion offers hope that the author’s suggestions will be helpful to the reader. Two Annexes are provided – A: “Sample Contingent Savings Approach Budget”; B: “Sample Prioritized Savings Approach Budget”.

Discussion/Conclusion: The author, as indicated, has attempted to provide the basics of ‘Budgeting’ in a quite simplistic manner directed toward the neophyte and/or the individual who is prone to ‘let things slide’ and/or the one who may be inclined toward being overly influenced by action of peers.

4* Simply presented discussion probably helpful for targeted audience.

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