Credit and debit cards can lure you into spending frenzy that can spiral out of control before you know it. Have you ever come to the end of the month and asked, "Where did all the money go?" The convenience of plastic has made it far too easy to make purchases that we might not make if we had to dip into our wallet and make a cash purchase. _ Studies have shown that spending increases as the means to pay for an item becomes easier. In other words credit cards have made buying transactions easier, so we're more likely to buy stuff without concern, until the bill comes at the end of the month! Likewise, new 'pay with a wave' credit cards will make it easier still and foster even more poor spending habits.
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.