By . Budget Spreadsheet. At Wednesday, April 14th 2021, 20:15:41 PM.
Checkbook registers come in many sizes, shapes, and colors; yet, for all of their physical diversities, their only function is to provide information about your bank account. And since you are basing your lifestyle on the amount of funds in your bank account; it would behoove you to have an accurate account. Remember, you are the first line of defense against potential problems that can arise from having misinformation. Of course, you can be like our friend above who waited and had his card returned, deflated and useless only then to realize that there is a serious problem. First, you must balance your checkbook. You can either use software, or pen and paper to accomplish this task. Now, if the concept of balancing a checkbook eludes you, just search the internet on how to balance your checkbook. And, as you balance your checkbook, you should pay particular attention to missed transactions, bad math, or any unexpected transactions. I remember that on one occasion I had recorded an unexpected deposit as a withdraw in my checkbook register. So, to my chagrin, my $150.00 deposit became on paper, a $300.00 withdraw.
Once your checkbook is balanced, you should take a moment to look at the wealth of information contained therein. What? What is this wealth of information you are talking about? Try looking at your checkbook as a snap shot of your spending habits over time. By looking at what you purchase, where you go to purchase it, and how frequently you travel there to purchase it; it will soon be clear to your brain that all of those little trips to the store sure do add up! Look at all the gas you are using, and the wear and tear you are putting on your vehicle. Since you are spending the money already, you might as well purchase the items once a week and not on an everyday basis. Likewise, since you already know the items that you purchase on a daily basis, you might consider buying them in bulk (only if bulk means costing less!).
Are There Software Solutions? The good news is that there are many software tools specifically designed to help you manage your finances better. Some tools are more complex than others. If you have never used a budgeting software before, pick out one with a platform that you can understand. You shouldnt have to be very techie to be able to use the tool. A good software intuits the needs of its users, and helps them along by simplifying the process as much as possible. Evaluate, Update At the end of a certain period, assess how helpful your spreadsheet is to you. Were you able to see how youve been spending your money? Have you finally figured out which areas of your spending to cut back on? Can you now estimate how much you can reasonably set aside as savings every month? Keep your budget spreadsheet up to date so you can use it to make an informed decision about your finances anytime, all the time.