Trade-off budgeting is a good money-saving technique

Mar 11, 2011

(PhysOrg.com) -- Budgeting and saving are words we hear regularly, but they can seem incredibly daunting when unsure how to do them.

Deena Katz, associate professor of personal financial planning, has a philosophy she calls trade-off budgeting. Trade-off budgeting is meant to encourage people to look at fixed money, the amount of money that must come out every month for essentials, and discretionary money, the money left over.

“If you go on a diet the first thing you think of is what you can’t eat,” Katz said. “When you go on a budget the first thing you think of is what you aren’t going to be able to do anymore.”

Trade-off budgeting is not intended to be resisted or imposing; it is recognizing what one is willing to give up in order to save for something else.

“Money has an amazing ability to fly out of your pocket the minute you put it in,” Katz said. “You want to make sure you have money that is specifically pinpointed for what you need.”

money is more meaningful when there is a goal to save for. Katz remembers as a child saving 10 percent of her allowance, but it had little meaning until she wanted a new toy. The same goes for people saving to buy a house, or for retirement, because their money is going toward a specific purpose.

“In a budget, most of the time, people start out and have no clue where their money is,” Katz said.

Knowing what debt and spending look like individually will help determine the financial objectives one plans to make and the trade-offs that must be endured to get there. Consciously making decisions about will help work toward financial goals.

Explore further: Study finds Illinois is most critical hub in food distribution network

Provided by Texas Tech University

5 /5 (2 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Americans need to save paycheck-to-paycheck

Aug 21, 2008

Americans are better at saving money when they set goals in the near future -- such as next month -- rather than the more distant future, according to a new study by researchers at Rice University and Old Dominion University. ...

In-store slack: Consumers often plan for unplanned purchases

May 06, 2010

Straying from the grocery list can yield some surprises in your shopping cart, but not necessarily in your wallet, according to University of Pittsburgh researchers and a coresearcher from Baylor University who have coauthored ...

Recommended for you

Ancient clay seals may shed light on biblical era

Dec 20, 2014

Impressions from ancient clay seals found at a small site in Israel east of Gaza are signs of government in an area thought to be entirely rural during the 10th century B.C., says Mississippi State University archaeologist ...

Digging up the 'Spanish Vikings'

Dec 19, 2014

The fearsome reputation of the Vikings has made them the subject of countless exhibitions, books and films - however, surprisingly little is known about their more southerly exploits in Spain.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.