Everyone is talking about saving money, living within their means, and creating a budget these days. Even though creating a budget is relatively simple to do, it does require some time and work on your part. However, this is made easier by using these three budget worksheets listed below. Track Your Expenses and Spending Worksheets _ Before you can create a working budget, you must first know how much you spend in a given month. You can use a weekly expenses worksheet along with a monthly expense record worksheet to track your spending and monthly expenses for 30 days. This will give you accurate information of what you actually spend each month, not just what you think you spend in each expense category. Monthly Financial Report Worksheet _ After you have tracked you spending you are now ready to fill out a monthly financial report worksheet for that 30 day period. On this worksheet you will record you income for the month along with your spending in each expense category. After you have subtracted your total expenses from your net spendable income, you will see if you have an excess or if you where short for that month.
Mint.com _ The guys at Intuit are at it again and have created a wonderful tool for helping individuals and families track their finances. Their unique and highly secure site enables you to keep track of your spending, set up budgets, shows you how you measure up to your budget, gives you suggestions, and has the ability to set up alarms for you on your financial accounts on any suspicious activity. This is a very user friendly site and works very well for budgeting. _ Wesabe Another good tool to look into is called Wesabe. This is another online application that does a lot of what Mint.com does, but they have added a community touch to it. They say that they "believe that one person's good financial decision can be leveraged to an entire community. Experts call this collective intelligence. And we have a whole community of people reaping the rewards of it every day. Find solutions to your money problems... you're not alone in wanting a better financial life." In doing some research I have found most users feel like their user interface is not as friendly as Mint's. Still a good tool. _ Quicken One of the more popular personal finance tools, Quicken has recently become a free online tool to compete with the other free applications online. Quicken has been around for a while and has many useful applications. _ JustThrive.com _ Not as well known, but very good online application to help you with your budgeting needs and it does so much more. Geezeo _ To finish off the list, Geezeo is another new online tool that is free, like all of these suggestions.