Ask Financially's New Budget Calculator Helps Consumers Take Control of Personal Budgets After Government's Recent Deficit Announcement

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UK economists got a shock recently when the Office for National Statistics in association with HM Treasury published figures recording the first ever public sector finance deficit in January since 1993, after a surplus had been expected. Steve Bennett from urges "Don't get caught out the same way with your personal finances, it's more important than ever to manage your budget. Do you know what your day to day expenses really are? Are you too scared to look? It's not just the UK Government that needs help with budgeting."

Everyone's budget is being squeezed

"Good plans shape good decisions. That's why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true." - Lester Robert Bittel (b. 1918), writer

While leading economists and the UK Government debate how best to balance Britain's budget to ensure long term, sustainable financial security, ordinary consumers are facing the same dilemma at home, but without the benefit of free advice from leading economists.

So where to start? is happy to announce their new free online budget calculator available for UK consumers. Ask Developments Ltd is a well respected company, initially set up in 2004 to provide free financial and insurance information, but now also offering financial guides and calculators from their website, enabling UK consumers to make more informed decisions about everyday personal finances.

When Ask Financially started offering its finance and insurance information and guides, UK consumers were just getting a taste of the impending recession. The real impact the recession has had on personal incomes and living costs has since forced UK consumers to take a cold hard look at their budgets. As a result, a wealth of financial information and resources exists on the Internet, so much so it can be hard to know where to begin to try to help oneself.

Ask Financially recognises this and offers a straight forward, easy to use budget calculator to balance day to day expenses and income, while adding the security of a password protected log-in. Taking the guess work out of trying to balance personal finances, it shows in real terms what's left at the end of each week or month, avoiding any nasty surprises like the £4.3billion deficit recently announced!

If like the Government consumers are currently spending more than they're earning Ask Financially's budget calculator enables them to track costs and expenses, as they work towards getting household budgets back into the black. Users' information is securely stored and retrieved at any time. Easily updated, the calculator becomes an essential tool for ongoing budget reviews.

Doing a personal budget today is one of the most important things consumers can do to take control of their finances (even if it seems as if everyone else around them isn't!).

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