Mistake _ Not Planning for Upcoming Expenses _ When you are creating a monthly budget it is always helpful to save a certain amount of money for a given category even if you don't have that expense for the given month. For example, let's say you pay your car insurance every six month. It is important to take your payment and divide it by six. Then, each month you will want to save that amount so you have the insurance payment when it comes due instead of trying to come up with the whole amount in one given month. If you can do this for as many periodic expenses as possible, it will be easier to have a balanced budget each month.
You have to start somewhere and a budgeting worksheet can make the dreaded task of budgeting much easier. Whether you use computer based software or plan to keep your budget on paper, a worksheet can help you to brainstorm the categories you will need to budget for. While most of them will be slightly different than the budget you eventually come up with, they can serve as a helpful tool that will make the entire process much easie