When you start working with making a household budget it is extremely important to track your spending and all your expense both on a weekly and monthly basis. Many people dread tracking their expenses and recording every receipt but this is by far the best way to gain control over your spending. There is always a huge gap between what people think they spend and what they actually spend each month. So, tracking your spending is the only way to establish a working budget.
Setting up a budgeting worksheet isn't a hard chore. In fact, if you like using spreadsheets it can actually become quite enjoyable. The beauty of a budgeting worksheet is that you can see all your numbers at a quick glance in an easy to read format. It's instantly editable so changes can be made on the run and will save considerably on white_out. And perhaps the best feature, is that you can always keep a history of your transactions (depending on your hard_drive space).