Sylvia Brown December 2, 2019 FamilyBudget
A great exercise to start of your financial budget project is to ask each member of the family to make a list of ten relevant points (for example) regarding their financial needs, expectations, goals and visions. Add a second part to that list that shows their usual expenses. When everyone is finished with his or her individual list - discuss each point of each list together. Identify which items that are normally purchased during the course of the month - that can be eliminated without hardship, in order to save extra money from the monthly income. By doing this together, your family is participating and can see their contributions will help to make the family finances better.
Be open and honest about the family`s financial dilemma and discuss your expectations, goals and visions for the near and distant future. If your children are old enough to understand the concept of money, they can be of great constructive help and will also learn from this exercise. When each family member is involved in the budget project - particularly teens, it saves a great deal of energy when having to make excuses to them of why they ca not buy this or have that. Informing them of what is going on will help to avoid future arguments and any counterproductive actions on their part that could end up making the situation worse.
Using family templates or family sheets they should continually monitor the budget so that they are not spending more than they plan to. Where they find some item(s) in the budget are going up more than expected, like family bills, they should adjust expenses on other items that they could reduce or forgo. Having the family planner is good but having the discipline to follow it is best for families.
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.