Controlling Your Budget During A Protected Trust Deed Prevention is better than cure. The simplest thing to do in order to prevent a protected trust deed budget being set too tight (and leaving you struggling) is to get it right from the start. On our forum we do hear from people that have entered protected trust deeds with ridiculously restrictive budgets that they'll never be able to manage. Clearly the firms are responsible for setting up these arrangements so they don't fail, but equally those using these arrangements must be certain that they'll be able to meet the commitments made. For that reason people should never sign a trust deed if they are worried that the budget isn't manageable. The appropriate step in such circumstances is to speak to another firm and find out whether they would allow expenditure budgets that you are more comfortable you can stick to. Your payments will usually begin around the time that the trust deed is signed, and for five weeks your creditors will review whether they will agree to it becoming protected. This is therefore the appropriate point at which to start managing your expenses to the agreed budget levels. Is this a tough transition? For some people it will be very difficult indeed, and especially so where they have been living beyond their means for an extended period of time thanks to credit availability. Other people find it very easy, perhaps because they have already made massive cutbacks in their expenditure in order to keep up with mounting debt repayments. To help make the transition smooth it can be useful to write down everything that is getting spent. This record can be compared to the agreed protected trust deed budget on a periodic basis. A lot of people find that keeping these records is a great reminder to spend wisely during a time when money availability is limited. Not all expenditure is reliably regular in frequency. Nobody knows when their car might need some work, or when their boiler may need to be repaired. The protected trust deed budget should include allowances for such irregular expenditure. An allowance is of course only useful if the money has been set to one side so that it's ready to be used when the need arises. This is where a savings account comes into its own. Our suggestion is to add up the budgets for all irregular purchases and transfer this cash into a separate savings account by standing order on or around the day that you are paid each week or month. We've often heard from people on our protected trust deeds forum that it's a wonderful feeling to have this cash tucked away rather than having to juggle credit to deal with financial emergencies. What happens when your budget changes? Most of us will see amendments to our pay each year, and it's inevitable that some of our bills and expenses will go up or down as well. Where major changes transpire during a protected trust deed we advise immediately getting in touch with the trustee. Much smaller changes can be reported at the time of the regular reviews of circumstances that will take place. The protected trust deed payment may therefore vary from time to time where circumstances dictate that this should be the case. Sticking to the agreed budget throughout a protected trust deed isn't simple. It does require dedication and determination, though of course the long-term benefits can be enormous. If you would like advice and support on this subject you may wish to visit our trust deed forum. Experts, and hundreds of people that themselves are in protected trust deeds, share knowledge and tips with each other on a daily basis.