5 Practical Tips for Taking Control of Your Family Budget
Written by: Lombe Mwansa
Published: 17 April 2023


By tracking your spending, using cash instead of credit, planning your meals, avoiding impulse purchases, and staying motivated, you can achieve your financial goals.

In our previous post, we discussed how to create a budget for your family. Now that you have a budget in place, it’s time to make sure you stick to it. In this post, we will provide you with five practical tips for sticking to your budget and achieving your financial goals.

DISCLAIMER: Before we dive into these tips, it’s important to note that we are not financial advisors or debt management experts. The information provided in this post is for educational purposes only. If you need help with your finances, we recommend that you seek the advice of a professional.

Tip 1: Track your spending

tracking expenses

One of the most important things you can do to stick to your budget is to track your spending. This will help you see where your money is going and identify areas where you can cut back. There are many tools available to help you track your spending, such as budgeting apps, spreadsheets (like the one you can download at the end of this post), or even just a simple pen and paper.


By tracking your expenses, you can see exactly how much you’re spending on things like dining out, entertainment, or subscriptions, and you can make adjustments to your budget accordingly.

Tip 2: Use cash instead of credit

cash not credit cards

Using cash instead of credit can help you stick to your budget because it’s harder to overspend when you’re using physical money. When you use a credit card, it’s easy to lose track of how much you’re spending, and you can quickly rack up debt.


With cash, you have a tangible representation of how much money you have left to spend, whereas with credit, it’s easy to lose track of how much you’ve spent and how much you owe.

Tip 3: Plan your meals

meal planning

Food can be a significant expense for many families, but planning your meals can help you save money. Plan your meals for the week, make a grocery list, and stick to it. Avoid eating out or ordering takeout unless it’s a special occasion.


When you plan your meals, you are less likely to eat out or order takeout, which can be more expensive than cooking at home.

Tip 4: Avoid impulse purchases

man impulse shopping

Impulse purchases can quickly derail your budget. Before making a purchase, ask yourself if you really need it. If it’s not something you planned to buy, consider waiting a day or two before making the purchase. This will give you time to think about whether or not you really need it.


By avoiding impulse purchases and only buying things you need or have planned for, you can stay on track with your budget and have more control over your spending.

Tip 5: Stay motivated

Stay motivated

Sticking to a budget can be challenging, but it’s important to stay motivated. Set realistic goals and celebrate when you achieve them. Remember why you created the budget in the first place and keep your eye on the prize.


One benefit of staying motivated with your budgeting plan is that it can help you achieve your financial goals faster. Goals like paying off debt, saving for a down payment on a house, or building an emergency fund.



We’ve created a downloadable budgeting template to help you on your journey to financial success. So what are you waiting for?

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Following these five practical tips can help you stick to your budget and achieve your financial goals. Remember, budgeting is a journey, not a destination, so stay patient and be consistent in the actions you are taking.

We hope these tips have been helpful, but we also want to hear from you!

Which tips will you try, and what other tips would you recommend to other dads trying to stick to their budget? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below, and let’s support each other on this financial journey.

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