Categories: Financial Planning

How Does Reverse Budgeting Work?

Are you looking for ways on how to reverse budgeting? You are not alone; I know a lot of people who want to do it but cannot afford to do so. It’s really quite simple. All you need is the right tools and some good tips.

How Does Reverse Budgeting Work?

When we say reverse budgeting, we are talking about tracking your money around your monthly goals and expenses. Why track? It’s to see where you’re spending is coming from and why you are spending it. This way, you will be able to prevent yourself from overspending, and at the same time, you will get paid more for it.

Setting goals

Setting savings goals is also an important part of reverse budgeting. Your goal here is to save up more money over time. How do you set your savings goals?

A monthly budget

To achieve your goals, you will need to create a budget that is based on your savings goals, your investing goals, your spending goals, and your goals for future goals. With these in hand, you will then determine how much money you need to save, invest, or pay off your debts. To do this, you will add up all your monthly expenses. At this point, if your expenses are more than your income, you will need to make some adjustments to your lifestyle. If they are less than your income, however, you may want to save and invest for the future.

Start Hiding Money

When you have done all your balancing and creating your budget, it’s time to start hiding money! By now, you should have determined what you want to spend and what you want to invest. The reason why you are hiding money from your creditors and from your bank account is so that you can eventually pay them off. You will hide the money until you have achieved your financial goals.

A savings goal

Now that you know how much money you need to achieve your financial goals, it’s time to determine what kind of savings to make. Most people tend to put their money into their savings account and their checking account. This works for a while, but what happens when the money you are saving for a big purchase comes in? Instead of paying for the item as you would normally, you will save the money instead and use it for the emergency fund.


The last step in reverse budgeting is to identify any debts that you might have that you do not need to repay right away. For example, if you owe money on a credit card that has an annual fee, but you don’t anticipate that you are going to be spending more than three thousand dollars on the card in the next twelve months, then you probably do not need to repay the debt. If, however, you have a mortgage, student loan, auto loan or another type of high interest debt, it is important to understand that you might not be able to repay the debt until it is completely paid off.

Therefore, by not repaying the debt in full right now, you are setting yourself up for larger, more expensive debts in the future. Your goal should be to pay off the debt and then have a small savings account (or multiple small accounts) that is used for emergencies.

Riley Allen

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