Write down what you spent last month. Use Categories like mortgage, food, entertainment, clothing, transportation and savings. Savings is an important category. Is there something you should be spending your money on that you didn't last month, but that you think you should. Already the process begins to uncover things you want to know Write down what you expect to earn next month. If you are on a variable income, it might be helpful to put this in three columns: The minimum you expect, an average of what to expect, and the highest amount you expect to earn. Don't count on the highest number, but it is a great goal setting exercise to strive for that high number on a monthly basis. Write down what you KNOW you will spend next month. Fixed expenses like mortgages, property taxes are known amounts. They are constant every month and don't change. While you can change your rent or mortgage amounts by moving, it is unlikely that you will do this next month. So consider these Fixed expenses.
Next, you need to have a set of goals to work towards. There is no point is starting a budget worksheet unless you have a goal that you are striving to achieve. Without a goal sheet, any extra money you do save from your budget worksheet will have no real purpose and will be far easier to spend. Having a written set of goals helps to keep you on track. Last, you need a good budget worksheet that is simple and easy to use. Having a big fancy software is not going to help you succeed any faster. Besides, there is a learning curve to complex financial software, and using a simpler form will get you real results faster and easier, plus you can save any money you would have spent on the software! Having and using a budget worksheet can take you past the stage of wishing about having more money and actually making real progress towards your goals. Start today and guaranteed within a short time, you will be setting your path to success and feeling great about having met your goals.