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.
The most common budgeting method used is a blank piece of paper. We've all tried it at one time or another. Income is listed on one side, expenses on the other. The idea is to balance income against expenses so that, hopefully, there is still some money left at the end of the month. _ There are at least a couple major problems with this method. First, it's pretty easy to overlook quite a few expenses. Things like that daily stop at the coffee shop, or the cost of a car registration that happens only once a year.