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.
Searching the internet for budget software or templates can be another good idea, or, if you feel sufficiently comfortable, you will be able to create your own in Excel. Nonetheless, by carrying out a search, you will be able to find several detailed worksheets for free that will help you to plan your budget more easily. You will even be able to obtain budget planning sheets that can direct you towards your own personal goals. A family working hard to get out of debt for example, will have different requirements than a family planning for their retirement, or for a family preparing for the arrival of a baby. The good news is that you can easily find and adjust your budget to address all these issues whilst customizing the worksheet to better suit your needs.