Budgeting Worksheet Tip : Ease of Use and Professional _ The biggest complaint about budgeting is that it's too hard and takes too much time. Look for something that not only does all of the above functions, but is also easy to use from the get_go. The forms should be intuitive, easy to identify the cells to fill in data, and easy to read print out report. Finally, my gauge of a truly excellent budgeting worksheet is to ask yourself, "Is this a report that I'd be comfortable taking to a financial planner, banker, or other professional for further advice or coaching?" If the answer is yes, then you've done a good job!
If you do find a budgeting worksheet that you like, you can simply add categories to it or replace the ones you won't use with your own items. For example, many of these worksheets that you will find online have a place for investment income but if you don't have any investments to track either ignore that category or replace it with one of your own. _Once you view a few of these templates, you may realize that you have more categories of spending than you thought. For example, when first creating a budget, many people forget all about gifts, subscriptions, and pet expenses but by working with one of the preprinted templates, you may remember additional expenses you need to consider.