Anne Sanborn December 8, 2019 Family Budget
Any software or template should be able to divide all your spending into detailed categories. It should also include spending that may not occur every month. These types of spending will then need to be included in your monthly budget and set aside; that way when you need the money for something like an unexpected oil change for your car or a present for a friend, the money will be available and will not hit you as a surprise. These are just few of the things that can manage to set a good budget worksheet apart from a poor one.
How do you create an effective family budget? First of all, avoid convoluted software programs that want you to devote an entire weekend to categorizing, analyzing, and so on for the sake of creating the perfect budget. Perfectionism, when it comes to budgeting, is a huge waste of time. Reality has a funny way of sometimes not giving a damn about what you have gotten written down in your budget. So, relax and just give it your best shot.
That is it - you have now created a rudimentary budget. If you are in the negative you know you have got a problem. If you are in the positive, you are either doing really well or you have forgotten something. Keep working on your master list until you are comfortable with it. Checking your budget against your online or paper bank statement can be very helpful in finding things you have forgotten.
A budget needs to estimate your average (yearly) income. Spending, which will be relatively constant, needs to be maintained below that amount. A budget should allow for error and so keeping expenses 5% or 10% below the estimated income is a conservative approach. When done correctly, your budget should end any given year with about 5% of their income left over. Of course being conservative and having more than 5% is never a bad idea.