Anne Sanborn November 9, 2019 FamilyBudget
Why a budget is so important? It seems like creating a budget is just a tedious exercise, especially if you feel your finances are already in good working order. But you would be surprised how valuable a budget is. A budget can help keep your spending on track and uncover hidden cash flow problems that could free up more money to put toward your other financial goals. How to Create a Budget? The hardest part of creating a budget is creating one. It is like staring at a blank piece of paper when you need to write something, the first step is the hardest part.
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!
In a budget template, you will list down all the accounts that you have and this will surely allow you to have more savings. The chances of getting debts is actually very small since you can easily check the exact money that you still have to make it work for your expenses.
First, you must balance your checkbook. You can either use software, or pen and paper to accomplish this task. Now, if the concept of balancing a checkbook eludes you, just search the internet on how to balance your checkbook. And, as you balance your checkbook, you should pay particular attention to missed transactions, bad math, or any unexpected transactions. I remember that on one occasion I had recorded an unexpected deposit as a withdraw in my checkbook register. So, to my chagrin, my $150.00 deposit became on paper, a $300.00 withdraw.
List your income, how much and when during the month that you receive it. Then, list your recurring expenses - how much, to whom and when during the month that you pay them. Next, ballpark any other expenses you can come up with off the top of your head - things like groceries, gas, etc. and list those too. All of these steps can be done with just you and your spouse, a pad of paper and a pen or pencil. If you want to get a little fancy, a spreadsheet or simple budgeting software can help a lot.
Tips for Budgeting Success. Once you have taken the time to create a budget its time to follow it. You can have the best of intentions of following a budget, but after a few weeks or months you drift away from your plan. Do not let that happen to you. Here are a few basic tips that will ensure your budget is a success.