Almost everybody I know, which includes me, has let a budget get out of control at one time or another. I really think it used to be able to control personal finances because it was not as easy to spend money. As I work on my own budget, and as I speak to people I know, here are some common problems that get people in trouble. Debit and Credit Cards. It is just so easy to buy things by swiping a piece of plastic that we lose track of how much money we spend. A decade or so ago we spent cash or wrote checks. It made us think about spending money more as we had to carry enough money or go through the act of writing and recording our checks.
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.