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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.
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.
The last perspective is the authors and is reflective in the type of budget spreadsheet or home budget software he has designed for you to use. This is the authors commitment in aiding you to reaching your long term goals in life. It should be interjected at this point that the purpose of any budget spreadsheet or home budget is only to provide useful information in one form or another. It does not decide on which bills to pay, nor the order in which they are paid. Simple put, your home budget is not your brain; it is a means to an end! That being said; the types of information provided will have a direct bearing on your ability to reach your long term goals. Information such as daily bank balances, your lowest balance in the year, and bank balance trends over a period of time. It is not wise to have a long term commitment without understanding it impact on your finances today and all of your tomorrows to come. The authors commitment should also include easy to use software or spreadsheets. There is nothing more taxing on the mind than trying to navigate through a hard to use and complex home budget or budget spreadsheet .So, now that the lights are starting to dim and everyone has gathered up all of their belongings as they prepare to leave and journey to their perspective homes; what will we take away with us and remember the most about this article? That there are two perspectives or driving forces that impact your ability to reaching your long term goals in life. While it is our responsibility is to be focused, coupled with patience and time; the authors responsibility is to provide useful information in an easy to use and understandable format.