Let’s address your burning question: What is a Zero based budget?
You may have heard the Zero Based Budget term floating around lately. It seems to be the new financial buzz word. Budget minded people often hear that they should have a zero based budget, but if you’re new to budgeting and trying to live frugally, it can be hard to figure out exactly what that means. Fortunately, it’s very easy to figure out and even easier to put into practice once you get the basics down.
To start, let’s talk about what a zero based budget is. A zero based budget is almost exactly like the budget you currently have, or not, but with one big difference. You need to spend every, single, penny. I know what you are thinking.. sounds like fun right? Well you’d be right if you know that every single penny must be used and accounted for wisely. With this type of budget, you will take any money that is left over after you’ve budgeted your expenses and assign it to either savings, debt or investments that’s it.