Budgeting Worksheet Tip : Compare your Monthly Spend to a Standard Guideline _ Once you put your numbers in, how do you compare to the national average or some other standard guideline? The budgeting worksheet should give you some idea of how you compare in each of the above categories. Then you can make some decisions if you're over or under spending in some areas. The beauty of using worksheets is not only to see where your money is going but to see how you compare to a standard guideline.
Another good example of the benefits of using a template as you create your budget is the category labeled vacation. While most people don't budget for their vacation on a monthly basis on their budgeting worksheet, experts suggest that you incorporate all of your one time or annual expenses into a workable monthly budget. This way, when vacation time rolls around, you will already have all the funds you need. Think of the other one time or annual expenses in your financial picture that you may need to plan for on a monthly basis.