Tip _ Allow Yourself Some Mad Money _ The best tip you can have when creating a monthly budget is to allow some mad money for yourself and spouse in the budget. This is the number one reason most budgets fail and people do not continue using a monthly budget. The resentment of not being able to spend any money makes people frustrated and then they stop tracking their spending all together. If you allow yourself and your spouse even a small amount of money to be spent on anything you wish without having to confer with the other person, your budget will have a much better chance of being successful. If money is tight just allowing a very small amount will help keep the resentment at bay.
Everyone is talking about saving money, living within their means, and creating a budget these days. Even though creating a budget is relatively simple to do, it does require some time and work on your part. However, this is made easier by using these three budget worksheets listed below. Track Your Expenses and Spending Worksheets _ Before you can create a working budget, you must first know how much you spend in a given month. You can use a weekly expenses worksheet along with a monthly expense record worksheet to track your spending and monthly expenses for 30 days. This will give you accurate information of what you actually spend each month, not just what you think you spend in each expense category. Monthly Financial Report Worksheet _ After you have tracked you spending you are now ready to fill out a monthly financial report worksheet for that 30 day period. On this worksheet you will record you income for the month along with your spending in each expense category. After you have subtracted your total expenses from your net spendable income, you will see if you have an excess or if you where short for that month.