Anne Sanborn September 9, 2020 Family Budget
Q: Is making a budget hard? A: No! It is not. In fact, all you need to do is go to Google and type in "budget worksheet", and there are numerous free resources available to help you in the process. There are also software products available. Microsoft office actually has free downloadable budget templates. Every suggested category is included, so you can customize it to your liking, print it out, and get to work.
Overspending Breaks Your Budget. The main reason to create a budget is to keep your finances under control by keeping track of how much money you are spending and where you are spending it. When you stray from your budget it is usually because your spending too much money somewhere you know you shouldn`t. But if you have a budget that tells you exactly how much you are supposed to spend, then you do not have an excuse to overspend, right? There are a number of reasons why we overspend, so when you understand what causes overspending, you are more conscious and can put a stop to overspending and keep your budget on track.
Your budget spreadsheet or home budget software should provide you with useful information. It should be noted here that the function of a home budget is NOT just to formulate reports on monthly transactions. The function of a home budget is NOT Just to record income and expenses as they occur. Your family is not JUST about living or existing! What about dept management? What about your short and long term goals in life? Part of the totality of any home budget software is to deal with all of these issues. For, it is all of these issues that impact the way you live and the dreams you have about your future.
Creating a budget is literally as simple as entering in your projected expenses and income, and letting the software do the rest. Typically, these applications include tools to help you visualize your income relative to your expenses. Are you earning more than you are spending? How quickly will it be until you reach your saving goals? These are questions that are much more easy to answer after you enter your data into a good application, and the results are much easier to understand than using a typical spreadsheet!
By involving children into what is generally an adult task and conversation topic, they will soon learn the value of money and want to contribute positively in the family joint venture. If your children receive pocket money or income from an after-school job, encourage them to make their own budget to manage their money and too stick to it. This can prove invaluable to them later on in life.
You will even be able to obtain budget planning sheets that can direct you towards your own personal goals. A family working hard to get out of debt for example, will have different requirements than a family planning for their retirement, or for a family preparing for the arrival of a baby. The good news is that you can easily find and adjust your budget to address all these issues whilst customizing the worksheet to better suit your needs.