Do you dislike going to the dentists almost as much I do?
It is something I know I should do a couple times a year, yet it isn’t something I look forward to.
But in the end, I end up smiling in the mirror at my clean white teeth–thankful that I allowed myself to go through the experience.
Why going to the dentist is a bit like doing your first budget.
Fear- We fear the dentist and rightly so. Shots, drilling, pain, bad news, scolding…that is usually my experience of attending the dentists.
We also fear doing our first budget since it is unknown and we’re not sure what we’ll find under the hood.
For most, they find that after budget is completed, the fear is gone and you can get to the issues of dealing with the known problems.
Dental Cavities- Do you only go to the dentist when you’re teeth hurt? Um, yeah me neither. That pain is an indication of that something is wrong with your pearly whites.
The pain you experience financially–bounced checks, over draft charges, money fights with your spouse, etc…indicate deeper financial issues that can often be fixed with a plan to fix your financial cavities.
Help Prevent Financial Cavities
“You need to floss more” This is a common phrase at the end of every dental cleaning that I hear. I do it for a while, and often forget.
What is the financial equivalent of flossing? Budgeting. Every month create a realistic budget (with your spouse if you’re married) and stick to it.
These articles can help with flossing your financial teeth:
- Objections to Budgeting - Great article for those who don’t think budgeting is important.
- Pre-Budgeting Activities - Budgeting success is in your future with these prebudgeting activities.
- Budgeting Nuts and Bolts - Core budgeting article. Time to tighten down the screws on your budget.
- We’re Having a Budget Party Budget meetings are boring. What you need is a budget party. Video included.
- Honey What’s For Dinner? - Tips for keeping in budget with food.
- A Budget for Artists and Freelancers: Budgeting with an Irregular Income - Budgeting for freelancers and artists are different. Learn how to budget with an irregular income.
- What Percentage of Income Should I Budget for _____? - A guide on budgeting percentages for various categories.
- Budgeting for Couples and Common Money Fights - A must read for married folk to keep budgetting bliss.
- Budgeting Tips for Singles - For all the single ladies and bachelors.
- How to Avoid 10 Epic Budgeting Mistakes - Avoid an epic budgeting wipeout.
- Budget with Envelopes - The envelope system is a great tool to ensure you stay in budget.
Seek a Professional- If you need serious financial oral surgery, then a professional can help.
Seek an advisor who is willing to teach, love, and push you towards financial health. If I can help, please contact me.
Schedule your next appointment- Don’t let years go by without a checkup from the dentists—trust me. The same goes for your finances.
- Schedule a time each week to balance your checkbook.
- Schedule a time each month to budget and talk about money.
- Schedule a time each month to pay your bills.
- Schedule a time each year to make yearly goals and meet your financial advisor.
I think we can do better with our finances by simply budgeting on a regular basis and flossing our financial teeth.
What do you need to do to prevent financial cavities?