Over the last two posts, I've covered the most basic living expenses we all encounter.

In total there are six common expense types we all need to deal with in life.

If you missed number one or two you can find them here:

1. Weekly Expenses - (Food, Fuel, Fun and Incidental expenses).

2. Non-Weekly Repeating Predictable Expenses - (otherwise known as ‘Bills'!)

Today we look at number three, one most people consider to be the most exciting:

Product Purchases

These fall into two main expense types...

A. Things that Support Your Life, e.g. white goods, motor vehicles, furniture, etc.

B. Things or Experiences you desire, e.g. hobbies, clothing, travel, recreational discretionary items, and more.

Needs vs. Wants

Remember when you first left home and realised you suddenly needed to pay for things like a bed, couch, table and chairs, and a washing machine? Not to mention the little things like cutlery, linen, and blankets?

Of course, you probably weren't thrilled about buying these things, because you wanted to spend your money on the things that excited you. A surfboard, a guitar, new shoes, a night out with friends, or a trip abroad.

Managing your budget effectively is all about balancing needs and wants. How can you satisfy your needs while still getting as many of your wants as possible?

If your budget plan is poorly made, you have to throw everything you've got at a NEED to deal with it (NEEDS don't wait), and that means giving up the things you WANT for a while.

Can you see the problem?

There is nothing worse than having financial needs and no money to fulfil them with, and this is a big reason why people fall into the debt trap. Planning ahead is critical if you want a happy financial life!

Having a spending plan is all about getting more of what you WANT while still allowing for the things you NEED.

Where To Keep This Money

Because these expenses tend to be less frequent and less predictable and you could easily spend more than you can afford on these items if you have no plan, you should have a separate account that is dedicated to these expenses. You might even consider having multiple accounts for different goals, hobbies, or desires to identify how much you have available for each.

How To Manage This Money?

These are the purchases that you are highly motivated to make, either because you experience pain or difficulty without these items or because you have a passion for them.

You would happily dedicate funds to these all day long, but you know you have to take care of essential basic needs as well. That means ‘management' is taken care of fairly simply: by keeping this money separate from your bills money and your weekly expenses money.

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That's all for today. Keep an eye out for the next instalment, when we'll start looking at the second half of the 6 Reasons Why We Spend. These are the ones we overlook that end up causing us grief, so don't miss these!