Now you've drafted your personal budget,
you need to go through the list of payments to check if you're behind
on the payments with any of them.
Make a list of all the people and companies you owe money to.
These are your creditors.
The most likely items for Julie and Rajesh to check in their
The shortfall between their income and expenditure
has meant that for the last three months, Julie and Rajesh have not
been able to pay their mortgage. They now have arrears of £616.00 to
repay on top of their original payments. It would have been better if
they had started dealing with the problem sooner.
Which of your payments are most likely to cause
you problems? The ones to watch out for are usually regular weekly,
monthly or quarterly amounts, that you receive a bill or demand for
and pay for by cash or cheque. Some of them may be paid directly from
a bank account by Direct
Debit or Standing
Order. You should check your bank
statements so you know when to expect these.
If the balance on your budget is less than zero,
you need to think how you can increase your income or reduce your expenditure.
The section on Maximising
your income can help you make a start with this.
If the balance on your weekly budget is more than
zero, then that's how much money you have available each week to repay
your creditors. It may not seem like very much, especially when divided
between several creditors, but it could well be enough - most creditors
would rather you paid them a small, regular amount than promise to make
a large payment you can't afford.