Budgeting Worksheet Tip : Goals_Based _ Most budgeting programs don't accommodate for your financial goals, they simply look back at the previous month to help you determine your spend for the current month. That is not good budgeting. If you have a cash flow problem, then it will just perpetuate into future months and you won't even realize it's happening. Furthermore, you are not creating a plan to achieve your goals. An excellent budgeting worksheet will accommodate for your financial goals and help you determine what you can afford or what it will take to meet those goals. It will take into account your income, current debt, expenses and savings to help you generate a plan to meet your goals.
Budgeting Worksheet Tip : Ease of Use and Professional _ The biggest complaint about budgeting is that it's too hard and takes too much time. Look for something that not only does all of the above functions, but is also easy to use from the get_go. The forms should be intuitive, easy to identify the cells to fill in data, and easy to read print out report. Finally, my gauge of a truly excellent budgeting worksheet is to ask yourself, "Is this a report that I'd be comfortable taking to a financial planner, banker, or other professional for further advice or coaching?" If the answer is yes, then you've done a good job!