Anne Sanborn November 9, 2019 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.
Your home budget software should aid you in the reaching your short and long term goals in life. If it does not, than you should not be using it. Likewise, your home budget software should provide you with useful information about your future projected bank balances. Elements that contain Information such as daily bank balances, your lowest weekly bank balance, and bank balance trends over time (charts). If you are going to budget out your expenses, then those projected expenses will (over time) affect your bank balance. These elements are paramount to any successful home budget.
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.
During the family discussion take notes - this is an important discussion and your notes will help to develop your joint family budget. It is important that family members collectively do their part in both understanding the financial situation your family is experiencing as well as understanding that the family as a whole is better equipped to find the solution when working together in the same direction.