TomorrowMakers

How I managed my finances post-festive season- Expense Review
Rohansh Pathak

It is highly unlikely that all the expenses made during the festive season were worth making in the first place. This is the time of the year when unavoidable expenses are bound to upset your budget plans, and you can do little about it. However, I have made it a point to have a look at the expenses every year, once the festive period is over. The best time for a festive expense review is when the dust settles and your regular day-to-day life resumes. This exercise has over the years given me a good understanding of me and my family’s spending patterns. It has also helped me to find out where we have overspent and which expenses were unnecessary or could have been minimised.

What I did was quite simple actually. I have been maintaining an app to specifically record all my expenses which gives me a break up of all my spending, category wise. Earlier I used to look at my credit card bills and statements and wondered where I spend all this money have. Now I look at the app and identify exactly where I overspent. One can do productive expense review with old fashioned notebooks too.

How I did it

Praveen Nair
Retiree

Ever since I retired, I have looked forward to the festive season with added zeal. It is the buzz that I need once in a year in my laidback post-retirement life. I like to celebrate the occasion, get the house painted or renovated, buy gifts for my dear ones or go on a vacation. These things… Read more

Swati Mehra

A couple of years ago I was over the moon after landing my first job. I celebrated regally during the festive season that ensued, only to land in a financial soup for the next few months. With gargantuan credit card bills and barely any cash left, I had no other option but to default the payment… Read more

Rohansh Pathak

It is highly unlikely that all the expenses made during the festive season were worth making in the first place. This is the time of the year when unavoidable expenses are bound to upset your budget plans, and you can do little about it. However, I have made it a point to have a look at the… Read more

Rahila Khan
Homemaker

I am a single mother of one. I lost my husband just 5 years into my marriage. Life has been a struggle for me, but I have managed it and today I have no complaints. 

I was a young widow with a 3 year old son when my husband passed away due to a heart attack. My parents were my rock… Read more