Starting Fresh: Setting Up a Budget as a New Homemaker

Hey there, lovely ladies!

So today, I wanted to talk about setting up a budget in the beginning stages of your journey. Stepping into the role of a homemaker or stay-at-home mom is such a rewarding and fulfilling journey, but it can also come with its own set of challenges, especially when it comes to managing finances. I’ve been there, and I know it can be overwhelming at times. But don’t worry, I’m here to walk you through the basics of setting up a budget that works for you and your family. Let’s dive in and get started!

Understanding the Importance of Budgeting

First off, let’s talk about why budgeting is so important. As a homemaker, you’re essentially the manager of your home’s finances. It’s a big responsibility, but it’s also an opportunity to practice good stewardship over the resources God has blessed us with. Proverbs 21:5 tells us, “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” By being diligent and thoughtful about our finances, we can ensure that we’re using our resources wisely and setting our family up for success.

Step 1: Creating Your First Budget

Creating a budget might sound like it's not worth it (at least that's what I used to think), but once you do it, you'll see that it wasn't as hard as you thought it would be. Here’s a simple way to get started:

  1. List Your Income: Start by listing all sources of income. This could be your spouse’s salary, any side hustles you have, or other sources of income. Make sure you know exactly how much money you have coming in each month.

  2. Identify Your Expenses: Next, list all your monthly expenses. This includes fixed expenses like rent or mortgage, utilities, groceries, and any debts. Don’t forget to include variable expenses like entertainment, dining out, and any miscellaneous spending.

  3. Prioritize Your Spending: Once you have your expenses listed, prioritize them. Essentials like tithing, housing, utilities, and groceries should all come first. Then, allocate funds for savings and debt repayment. Finally, budget for non-essential expenses.

  4. Track Your Spending: This is the key to successful budgeting. You can do this in a blank spiral notebook. Keeping track of your spending throughout the month will be you’re way of sticking to your budget. There are plenty of apps and tools available to help with this.


Step 2: Identifying and Prioritizing Essential Expenses

When it comes to budgeting, it is very important that you identify and prioritize your essential expenses. These are the things that you absolutely need to live and keep your household running smoothly. Start with the basics: housing, utilities, groceries, and transportation. Make sure these are covered first before allocating money to non-essential expenses.

Remember, it’s okay to adjust your budget as needed. Life happens, and unexpected expenses will pop up. The goal is to create a flexible plan that works for your family.

Step 3: Incorporating Scripture on Stewardship and Financial Responsibility

As we navigate our financial journey, it’s important to remember that everything we have comes from God. Incorporating scripture into our budgeting process can provide guidance and encouragement. Here are a few verses to keep in mind:

  • Proverbs 22:7: “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.” 
    This verse reminds us to be cautious about taking on debt and to strive for financial freedom.

  • Luke 14:28: “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?”
    Planning and budgeting are essential to ensure we’re prepared for the future.

So, starting fresh with a new budget as a homemaker can be a bit intimidating, but remember, you’re not alone. Take it one step at a time, and don’t be afraid to make adjustments as you go. The most important thing is to be diligent and mindful of how you’re managing the resources God has given you. By doing so, you’ll be setting a strong foundation for your family’s financial future.

And always, always, remember to give yourself grace. This journey is a learning process, and it’s okay to make mistakes along the way. Lean on God, seek His wisdom, and trust that He will provide for your needs.

Until next time, stay blessed and keep shining!

Starting Fresh: Setting Up a Budget as a New Homemaker