He described it as a Budget that “works for you”, but Chancellor George Osborne’s speech should be regarded as a Budget of aspiration.
His wish is for the Conservatives to be voted in with a majority in May.
So this pre-election Budget included what the government has done in the last five years and what Mr Osborne plans to do if his party is in power in the next parliament.
The election winner is likely to set out another Budget in the summer.
Yet some measures announced by the chancellor will take effect relatively soon, so what do these announcements mean for your finances?