Household bills and budgeting

Different types of household bills you need to budget for (make sure you have enough money to cover) these each month include:

Rent or Mortgage to pay for you accommodation/housing.

Food and vital supplies like toiletries

Fuel costs like petrol or travel costs like Bus and train fare(check if you qualify for concessions (discounts) due to your disability or a free bus pass.

Range of Utility bills: Water bills/rates, Also Heating costs like Gas or Electric bills generally paid every three months  

Council tax bill: to pay for local council services where you live. If you live alone you get a 25% discount if you are on a very low income or you are a full-time student you do not pay Council Tax. The amount depends on were you live and the type of home you have.  

Phone bills such as mobile phone and or house phone.

Internet bills for internet services

You may have Direct Debits: these are set amounts that come out each month to pay for services you have agreed the organisations to take to cover their bills. You can set up some bills like your phone or gas/electric to be taken by the company so you do not have to remember to pay. Direct Debits can be for varying amounts that the organisation must inform you in advance about based on what you have spent and go out of your account on an agreed day. Standing Orders are similar but for set amounts each month.

Entertainment billssuch as for going out, going to the cinema, pub out for a meal general socialising bill.

You may need money at times for new items from technology to clothes that you do not buy every month.

TV Licence bill: you must have a licence You pay for each year if you want to watch TV  (BBC) 

There can be extra bills so you need a (Contigancy) a small amount each month to cover extra unexpected costs like gifts for people or if you need to pay for a prescription.

If you do not have enough money to cover costs/bills you will go into debt and have to pay more money (interest). You need to stop- this happening by planning and staying in budget.  

You may find it helps to use a Budget planner like from the Money Advice Service

Each month or week you should get money in this could be from work as your wages from your job and or benefits like Disability benefits like Personal Independence Payments and maybe Employment Support Allowance or other benefits. Be sensible and responsible with your money and plan what you spend.

You need to decide if you will work out a monthly or weekly budget and stick with this throughout. If you get paid monthly and or get benefits monthly then monthly may be simpler to work out.

Your Income is the total amount of money you have this could be from a job and or from benefits. From this you need to work out what your typical Expenditure is, this is simply the money you regularly spend on needed items. You need to take away your expenditure (money you regularly spend like on vital bills from your total Income). What you have left is your Disposable Income this is money you can spend as you wish as you have covered your bills and vital costs for example on going out

You need to understand and identify essential spending like bills for accommodation, Gas or electric bills, travel costs, food bills from less essential spending or non essential  spending like buying luxury items or leisure items.

When you shop you need to consider prices for example do you always need the most expensive items. You can not always afford the lifestyle and items you would like for example you may not be able to afford the car you want, or to have a takeaway each time you would like, you may not be able to afford a luxury holiday or a cleaner and need to be realistic with your plans and set sensible priorities. This means you can plan more and save up for things occasionally that otherwise you will not have money for. You need to take control and responsibility for your money and be aware of what you can afford.

If you spend more money than you have you get into debt and will of borrowed money for example if you send more money than you have in your bank or if you get a loan. A Debt means this is is money that must be paid back and you would have to pay interest on it meaning you pay extra money that you would have to find. Sometimes interest can be high making paying back the money difficult and meaning you will not be able to covernormal costs and manage your spending.

Budgeting resources and videos 

NatWest Money Sense online budgeting game: See if you can manage your finances for three months with this game aimed at young people

Make Money Make Sense Eastbone Citizens Advice and East Sussex Trading Standardsresources including information on budgeting, banking, wages, debt offers advice to students and lesson plans

The Money Manual from the money charity offers budgeting information to help you with budget planning and how to build a budget also covers savings and types of borrowing, types of banking, types of insurance to understanding your payslip and sources of income

Lloyd's Bankvideo explaining how to budget so you have money for what you need and gives you tips.

Haltwhistle film project Managing a Budget the lived experience of someone with a  Learning Disability 

Money Advice Service How to open a Bank Account

  This is a You Tube video for Barclay's Money Skills explaining Budgeting