How to Manage Your Family Budget

Managing your family budget can be challenging, especially if you have more money going out than coming in. However, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done.

If you are struggling to stay on top of your household’s finances and would like to make managing your family budget easier, the blog below is just what you need. Discover everything you need to do to create the ultimate family budget, with practical tips that can easily be applied to your circumstances.

Choose a Budgeting Method

When it comes to managing your family’s finances, you need to choose a budgeting method that works for you and your family. Some people like to use a spreadsheet to track their money, whereas others prefer to go old school and use paper and pencil. There are also several budgeting apps that you can download onto your phone, designed to help you easily track your spending.

When it comes to spending money, although most people tend to rely on debit and credit cards to pay for everyday items, it can be more savvy to order personal checks online as this can help you to track your spending more easily.

Tackle Any Debts

Although you may be tempted to bury your head in the sand, if you have any debts, these need to be tackled head-on. Most households have some form of debt, whether their mortgage, credit card debt or student loans, so don’t feel ashamed about any money you owe.

If your debts are causing you stress, or you are finding them unmanageable, some charities offer free advice and support for families in debt, so it may be worth getting in touch with one of them.  

Think About What you Need Versus What You Want

It can be all too easy to fall into the trap of overspending when you first get paid, especially if you do not have much money to spare for the rest of the month. However, if you want to keep up with your family’s finances, you must carefully consider what you need versus what you want.

For example, your children might need a new school uniform but they may want a brand-new iPhone. Or you might want to go out for dinner once a week with your spouse but need to buy a new oven if yours has broken.

Create Money Goals

Money goals offer a great way to make the most out of your family’s income and can be highly effective at helping you save for the future and big expenditures such as family vacations.


When setting money goals for your family, make sure you get everyone involved, even younger children, as this will help them learn the importance of budgeting and saving. Try to be realistic with your money goals; otherwise, you may struggle to stay motivated and on the right track.

Get Everyone on the Same Page

As mentioned briefly above, you need to get the whole family committed to budgeting if you want to be successful in your endeavors, so it is vital that you sit down and get everyone on the same page.


If you have teenagers in your household, be prepared to be met with some resistance, especially if you intend to cut back on subscriptions or TV packages, but stick to your guns.

Track Your Progress

Tracking your progress enables you to see all your hard work paying off, and this can help prevent you from slipping back into unhealthy spending habits. Again, there are mobile apps that you can download to help you track your budgeting progress, many of which are aimed at families.

If you have a setback, try not to feel too disheartened; you can always get back on track with your spending.

Brantley Jackson, dad and writer at 'Not in the Kitchen Anymore' is well-known in the parenting world. He writes about his experiences of raising children and provides advice to other fathers. His articles are widely praised for being real and relatable. As well as being an author, he is a full-time dad and loves spending time with his family. His devotion to his kids and love of writing drives him to motivate others.