Tip _ Allow Yourself Some Mad Money _ The best tip you can have when creating a monthly budget is to allow some mad money for yourself and spouse in the budget. This is the number one reason most budgets fail and people do not continue using a monthly budget. The resentment of not being able to spend any money makes people frustrated and then they stop tracking their spending all together. If you allow yourself and your spouse even a small amount of money to be spent on anything you wish without having to confer with the other person, your budget will have a much better chance of being successful. If money is tight just allowing a very small amount will help keep the resentment at bay.
This column is where this system stands out. It is just a simple SUM(B13:G13) formula which picks up the totals of every expended amount and subtracts it from the total of each budgeted amount. It then shows how much you should have available in each expense area. IMAGE NOT AVAILABLE HERE For example, you will notice that each income period ษ has been going into the electricity account. Your electricity bill is charged every 60 days so you need to accumulate these funds for when the bill arrives. This account is now showing a total of ๛ held.