Write down what you spent last month. Use Categories like mortgage, food, entertainment, clothing, transportation and savings. Savings is an important category. Is there something you should be spending your money on that you didn't last month, but that you think you should. Already the process begins to uncover things you want to know Write down what you expect to earn next month. If you are on a variable income, it might be helpful to put this in three columns: The minimum you expect, an average of what to expect, and the highest amount you expect to earn. Don't count on the highest number, but it is a great goal setting exercise to strive for that high number on a monthly basis. Write down what you KNOW you will spend next month. Fixed expenses like mortgages, property taxes are known amounts. They are constant every month and don't change. While you can change your rent or mortgage amounts by moving, it is unlikely that you will do this next month. So consider these Fixed expenses.
Most of us went all the way through school with little or no education on how to budget money. We learned a lot of useless stuff and evidently money was rated below that. Why don't they teach this in school well it could be because very few people have learned how to budget money including teachers. _ There are three things you need to know before you can even start to set up a budget. You need to know your income, you need to know your expenses,, and then you have to make adjustments so that your income is greater than your expenses. Pretty straightforward stuff right? Except very few people actually budget their money.