By . Tracking Spreadsheet. At Tuesday, May 04th 2021, 01:37:33 AM.
If you have Microsoft Excel, you can create budgeting spreadsheets to help you manage your money. Instead of buying expensive software that will only be used for your budget, spreadsheets can be used for a variety of tasks. If you dont have Excel, you can find free spreadsheet applications online in which to manage your budget. Most spreadsheet applications have built in formulas and functions that will do the math for you so you dont have to. You can keep a running balance of your accounts and you can have each category totaled as well. You can keep it as simple or make it as sophisticated as you please. Once you design the type of budgeting spreadsheets you want to use, it will be easy to copy it for subsequent months or years. You can also use just one sheet and create tabs for each month.
Our first step is to capture non-quantitative data in the spreadsheet, so we reserve a worksheet for that. This is used for location and condition information such as address, zoning category, residential vs. commercial, neighborhood, occupancy in the building and surrounding area, school district, etc. This will all be useful for financing and insurance purposes, as well as keeping track of a number of properties if you have a large real estate portfolio or a property management company. You might want to put it into a standard database format in case you want to save and analyze the information later. We want to look at costs, so we reserve a tab in the real estate spreadsheet for that. Here, you have a decision. You can either make a large list of standard rehabilitation and operating costs or a smaller list of costs specific to this property. The first option allows you to use the Excel spreadsheet for other properties which are probably not the same. The second option keeps things small and tidy and might work if this is a once-off investment. Either way, you will want to include all of the costs in a timeline schedule by week or month. This would include the re-roofing, paint, plumbing, electrics, landscaping, electricity if you are responsible for it, insurance, etc. The financing costs are likely to be the most complex because you need to estimate not only the interest rates of the loan or loans you get, but the principle amortization, mortgage insurance, etc. This can be complex from a calculations standpoint. How granular you get with costs is up to you.
To make sure the wedding budget spreadsheet is effective, you need to carry out a lot of research. This will offer you valuable information about what is available. Most people like to include their family members in the planning process but this does not mean that you should accommodate all their opinions. Stick to a guest list that you will be able to afford. Before you set your budget, get quotes from different suppliers. This gives you a good opportunity to compare all the prices in the market before you settle on specific ones. For all the items that you intend to include in your budget, make sure you get at least three quotes for each one of them. Looking at various vendors will help to bring down the costs. Once you make a purchase, make sure you get a receipt. This will make it easier for you to fill in your wedding budget spreadsheet. The things that can push the budget are those small items that most people do not notice. If there is anything that is not in your budget leave it out because it will affect your planning process. Simple things like extra decorations and making changes to your rings can add up.