With the recent announcement of the Australian Liberal Government’s federal budget, it has seen many areas of our diverse population be under further financial strain.
One of the groups has been hit hard are students, but they are certainly not alone…
So with that in mind, we thought it was best to get an understanding of the need for personal finance\budget software, and whether it can help people overcome the financial constraints that they have just been put under, once these announcements work their way through parliament.
There is certainly no shortage of software providers, around the world, aside from locally, who believe they have the software that will help you get a grip on your spending. On the other side, there are also a number of new entrants that come via mobile apps, or cloud computing sites that carry all of your information in a digital format.
Using these pieces of software, if you use the right one can certainly help you keep an understanding of what is leaving your pockets and your overall financial commitments. This will not necessarily change behaviour, nor will it stop you overspending, but it will help some people to stop the constant concern and worry related to this area.
In terms of behaviour, it is all up to you if you are ready to commitment to a plan of change if you are trying to change your budget\spending habits. I, as the author of this article vividly recall a trip to the local supermarket with a university student several years ago. Whilst this student wanted to lower her spending, and was achieving some success, she gain frustration partway through her shopping trip, decided to spend her money on big brands once again rather than going for well-performing no name brands, and ended up blowing her budget, going into deficit.
At the end of the day, passing on that $4 daily coffee, can make a huge impact. We always recommend for you to see if there is anything that isn’t a “must have” in your life, if you are in a budgeting predicament, and if you can remove those “nice to haves” you will be in a better space financially. Best of luck, we hope our opinions help you!