Your next task is to identify all your expense areas whether they're irregular or not. Set up two columns for each pay period (as shown below); IMAGE NOT AVAILABLE HERE The first column called "Bdgt" is the portion of your income that each expense area will be assigned. The total of this column should never exceed the income you receive for that period. The second column "Used" shows a negative amount and is a record of what has been spent from that period. The beauty of this system is that it will always give you a running balance.
More and more people are trying to create a budget to live by these days with the state of the economy. However, many people have never creating a budget before and are doing so for the first time. When you are creating a budget there are three common mistakes that you will want to avoid and they are listed below. _ Mistake _ Not Knowing Exactly What You Spend in Each Category _ It is extremely difficult to create a working budget if you first don't know how much you typically spend in each expense category. This is why it is very important to track your spending for 30 days before creating a monthly budget. You will be surprised by how much you actually spend in each expense area.