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.
Worksheet _ Expense Worksheet _ This is another worksheet that you use to find out where you are today. This worksheet is an estimate of what your monthly expenses are. This worksheet should have household expenses, auto expenses, food expenses, medical expenses, and all other area where you spend money each month. This will give you a rough estimate of your expenses each month. _ Worksheet _ List of Creditors Worksheets _ On this worksheet you will want to list all the people you owe money. This includes credit card payments, pay day loans, and friends and family. You will want to list the name of the creditor, the amount due, and how many months (if any) you are in default.