Budgeting Worksheet Tip : How to Handle Irregular Income or Expenses _ One of the most difficult parts of budgeting that people tell me they struggle with is how to budget for those irregular expenses such as real estate taxes or car insurance that are due twice a year. Another difficulty is for irregular income if someone is on commission or business_related income. Most of the worksheets do not handle these irregular income or expense situations very well, making the budget inaccurate and unreliable or rely on considerable self_adjustments by the user. A really good worksheet should have the ability to handle irregular incomes and expenses with ease. Our budgeting worksheet has a Paycheck Allocator that makes this process easy_to_do and painless.
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.