Wendy Hodge December 8, 2019 Family Budget
Your budget spreadsheet or home budget software should provide you with useful secondary supplemental add-ons. Everybody loves the pop-up calendar and calculator; but what do they offer that you do not already have on your computer? Let us examine four types of add-ons that not only offer useful information, but also aid in the reaching of short and long term goals. They are savings, credit cards, charts, and Christmas.
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!
To avoid running out of money because expenses occur before the money actually arrives a "safety cushion" of excess cash (to cover those months when actual income is below estimations) should be implemented. There is no easy way to develop a safety cushion, so you will have to spend less you earn. Developing a cushion can be a challenging particularly when starting during a low spot in your earning cycle, although this is how most budgets begin. In general, personal and family budgets that start out with expenses that are 5% or 10% below your average income and should slowly develop a cushion of savings that can be accessed when earnings are below average. Whether this rate of building your cushion cushion is fast enough depends upon on how variable your income is, and whether the budgeting process starts at a high or low point during the earnings cycles.
Keep your home budget or budget spreadsheet from floundering. Gain the benefits of understanding what your spending habits are. Please, do not forget that you are the first line of defense against misinformation! No one tries to drive their vehicle with their eyes closed because they know that they will soon disassemble their vehicle by the means of a tree. In the same sense, that is how it is for those who close their eyes to their home budget spreadsheet; soon they too have undone all of their dreams in life.