The purpose of a budget worksheet is to help align your earnings and spending with your savings and financial goals. A budget worksheet gives you a solid, workable plan to reach your goals, whether that is saving for retirement, a vacation, or a child's college fund _ Because here is the catch: next time you hear yourself saying "I wish I had more money" ask yourself what are you doing about it. Most people don't have an answer to that question, so they spend their time wishing. Over and over, the statement is said with no action.
Tip _ Track you spending _ Tracking your spending for 30 days before creating a budget will give you the concrete numbers of how much you spend in each expense category every month. Many people are surprised to see how all the little purchases at up at the end of the month. By knowing how much you typically spend in each expense category you can now plan those expenses for the next month in your budget. _ Tip _ Plan for periodic expenses _ When creating a monthly budget that actually works you will need to plan ahead for periodic expenses such as car insurance (if not paid monthly), yearly car registration, gift giving, school shopping, and insurance deductibles just to name a few. If you estimate these expenses for the year and then divide by 12 you will get an amount that you can save each month for these expenses.