By . Budget Spreadsheet. At Thursday, April 15th 2021, 19:38:43 PM.
Starting out on your own these days can be both scary and rewarding. Even the most responsible person will encounter challenges, but the best way to succeed is to plan, plan, and plan some more. Setting up Your Monthly Budget Spreadsheet Setting up your own monthly budget spreadsheet is easy to do in popular programs like Excel and Quicken. Developing an estimate of the costs youre likely to accrue while out on your own makes good sense. That way, youll be able to quickly determine what is affordable and potentially avoid falling into a bad situation. If youre thinking about renting a place, check out the neighborhood, and better yet, talk to the neighbors. In addition to paying rent, some of the major costs that should be included on the monthly budget spreadsheet are the utilities. Ask the landlord how much utilities they typically run and make a quick call to the utility companies to double-check the accuracy of the landlords estimate.
Include Groceries on Your Monthly Budget Spreadsheet Groceries should also be included on the monthly budget spreadsheet. Depending on where you live and how well you shop--using coupons and buying larger packages of paper products and non-perishables--you could easily spend $80 a week in groceries just for one person (and thats not eating steak every night or eating out). By the way, avoid eating out, if at all possible, and settle for a hearty meal at home. Find Good Insurance The insurance industry has grown tremendously and so has the cost--car insurance, health insurance, and renters insurance, to name a few. Your best bet in finding good rates rests on your history and good research. For example, if youve been ticketed for reckless operation recently, your rates could be double the normal amount. As far as health insurance, some companies are offering more than one type of plan--choose the more affordable one based on your current circumstances and you can keep some of your hard-earned money where it belongs--in your pocket or in the bank. The last type of insurance mentioned is renters insurance. Although it isnt necessarily required, it could save a bundle in the long run if something catastrophic happens. Thats right--insurance premiums should be included on the monthly budget spreadsheet as well.
There are many out there that get daunted by the prospect of designing their own personal budget spreadsheet to manage their finances. In addition, there are literally hundreds of different products out there that claim to offer the best spreadsheets for the job. In order to reduce this unnecessary confusion Ive written this article to emphasise the 3 important characteristics that the spreadsheet you end up choosing must have. Easy-To-Use Probably the most important feature (especially for beginners) is that it must be generally very easy to use. Even if you are a computer whiz, you should opt for one that is really simple to learn and use. This is because your parents or older folk may want to use your program to manage their finances. Chances are these people will not be as capable as you with computers and thus their needs have to be accommodated. You also dont want to spend too much time teaching them the program.