Your next task is to identify all your expense areas whether they're irregular or not. Set up two columns for each pay period (as shown below); IMAGE NOT AVAILABLE HERE The first column called "Bdgt" is the portion of your income that each expense area will be assigned. The total of this column should never exceed the income you receive for that period. The second column "Used" shows a negative amount and is a record of what has been spent from that period. The beauty of this system is that it will always give you a running balance.
The purpose of a budget worksheet is to help align your earnings and spending with your savings and financial goals. A budget worksheet gives you a solid, workable plan to reach your goals, whether that is saving for retirement, a vacation, or a child's college fund _ Because here is the catch: next time you hear yourself saying "I wish I had more money" ask yourself what are you doing about it. Most people don't have an answer to that question, so they spend their time wishing. Over and over, the statement is said with no action.