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Are you sacrificing savings for lifestyle?

The inflation impact along with the other changes that have been witnessed in recent times has changed the spending pattern of many people.
By Arnav Pandya | None, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2008 01:31 AM IST

The inflation impact along with the other changes that have been witnessed in recent times has changed the spending pattern of many people. There has to be a change in order to accommodate the way in which these expenses have moved.

In order to keep the household budget running an individual has to decide the kind of spending and purchases he will make. The quality of these changes is important because an individual needs to know the change and the manner in which it impacts his finances and future action.

Saving impact

The first thing to see when planning the budget is whether there is change in the overall areas of expenses. There can be a position where one expense could be substituted for the other and this will not lead to a major change as far as the overall budget is concerned.

There are times when the expenses in one area are maintained but this happens at the cost of some investments or other savings. This is a material impact because some of the investment or savings is being changed to help the person maintains a certain style.

Regular investment

One should also check if there is reduction in his regular saving or some discretionary investments are being impacted. If this is happening, then a person needs to plan his budget again.

It is important that all the regular investments that deal with planning for retirement or the savings for children’s education continue without any interruption. These cannot be stopped because it is essential that the targets linked to these areas are achieved. If some additional amount is available or invested to take care of additional expenses then it is fine.

Stick to the plan

No matter what the situation is, there is a need to stick to the investment plan because there will always be excuses to get out of the commitment. Expenses will keep rising and dealing with it is a skill that has to be developed.

This is essential; otherwise it will not be possible for a person to have any meaningful investment. Investments always become the first casualty in any inflationary situation. Having a plan that recognises such a situation is also vital because there has to be some room in the plan that provides for such tough conditions that can arise.

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