The Money Mindset Podcast

#151 Budget Series #3 - Planning for Those Things That Ruin Your Budget

May 24th, 2023

Are you tired of the never-ending cycle of unexpected expenses that throw off your budget?

In episode 3 of the Budget Series on the Money Mindset podcast, we delve into the little things that often disrupt our budgets—the unexpected expenses that catch us off guard. Join us as we explore the importance of planning for these irregular but necessary costs and how sinking funds can help. Discover practical strategies for allocating funds for expenses such as holidays, birthdays, vacations, clothes, school supplies, and more.

Whether you prefer a detailed breakdown or a simplified approach, we've got you covered. Learn how to prioritize your spending and gain peace of mind, knowing you're prepared for those budget-busting surprises.

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“Just know that you need to have a plan and know that these expenses are coming up so that mentally you're prepared as well as financially. Because mentally when these things come up, we feel like we failed because we didn't know or we forgot we didn't have the money set aside. But if you can pay for it without going further into debt, that's a huge win.”
- Ashley Patrick

00:00 - Introduction to episode 3 of the Budget Series
01:56 - Step 3: Planning for those things that ruin your budget
03:42 - Different approaches to managing sinking funds
05:39 - Examples of sinking fund categories
10:10 - Flexibility in adjusting sinking fund allocations
11:16 - Prioritizing sinking funds based on personal preferences and needs
16:46 - Where to get the Budget Planner and Budget Spreadsheet

Tired of wondering why you can't seem to get on track with your budget? It's because you don't have a proper plan for your money! Grab the Printable Budget Planner and the Paycheck Budget Spreadsheet and create a plan you can actually stick to! Visit and to get your planner and spreadsheet today.

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