You should be able to document your income, expenses, and (hopefully) savings every month. If your income minus expenses is a positive number, you can relax a little. You still may want to work on your budget so you can save more for an emergency or retirement. If that number comes out negative, you could be in big trouble. Spending more money than you make means you must rely on credit. In turn, this means you are setting yourself up for more trouble because those credit card payments will get higher every month.
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.