This will cover all your income, earnings, rebates i.e. incoming money. Things to consider include:
- All Earnings
- Frequency of Payments
- Expected AND confirmed rebates etc
The first part of a Spending Plan is to calculate how much money you have coming in each month or 4-week period. It is much easier for those on fixed and regular incomes to calculate their expected monthly incomes.
With non-fixed or irregular incomes, I would suggest using an average or the lowest amount you have received over the past 3 months. Rather budget with a minimum amount than a maximum or some expected but not confirmed amount.
Do Not Plan Couscous In Your Neighbour’s Pantry.– Miss Wilberforce – Wesley Girls’ High School, Cape Coast
Types of Income
- Fixed and Regular Income
- Salaries from day jobs
- Rental Income
- Confirmed consulting work payment
- Any benefit payment
- Overtime payment (consider this as regular amount if you can book in advance and it is guaranteed)
- Irregular Income
- Work Bonus
- Proceeds/sales from side gigs – other consulting work, book sales, ebay sales etc
- Proceeds from Investments
- Birthday/Celebratory gifts to include gift cards/vouchers
NOTE – You can only spend money you have or are guaranteed. Use your guaranteed income.
- Plan a month ahead using last month’s fixed figures
- Find out your total monthly or 4-weekly earnings. I am paid on a 4-weekly basis and consider that as a month’s salary. This means each year, I am paid 13 times.
- If you receive benefits, please include this in the total monthly salary.
- If you are paid or receive any income on a bi-weekly basis, multiply by 2 and add this to your monthly salary.
- Include confirmed overtime payments
- For non-regular/fixed amount incomes;
- You can ignore this and allocate it to savings once it is confirmed and received OR
- Use last month’s income from these source making allowance for any reduction in sales figures etc
- If you earn a fixed income, my recommendation will be to keep non-regular and non-fixed income as a savings target. If an income is not guaranteed, you cannot spend it!
- For those income received from side hustles, rental income and most non-fixed income, Remember to Make an Allowance for Taxes. Save this amount in a Sinking Fund.
We will discuss Sinking Funds in subsequent posts.
For today’s exercise add up all your income and earnings. If you have non-regular income, look at your last payslip and use the average amount or the minimum.