By . Budget Spreadsheet. At Monday, April 12th 2021, 18:25:53 PM.
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!).
Key elements in household budgeting & the consumers responsibility! Element one - Your budget spreadsheet or home budget software should have a user-friendly interface. It should be flexibly and easy to understand in its operation. You should not need a degree in programming in order to use or understand it. Likewise, its working environment should be designed with you, the consumer in mind. You should not have to struggle to navigate from one section of your home budget to another. The screens layout should be easy to understand. Some programmers believe that more is better; and so to that end they have fatten up ever screen with excessive graphics and/or text that contains little or no useful information. Your home budget software will become an integrate part of the lives of your family. The using of it should not stress you out! If you want stress... have children!
Go to the Income page. Type in all your income sources such as salary, bonuses, and commissions. On the column next to the list of sources of income, place the respective amounts. Get the sum of the income column and then link the total cell to the Budget page. The Utility page contains all the payments you have to make, except for loans and debts. Examples of items to be included in the Utility page are power, water, transportation cost, groceries, and clothing. Create three columns for the company name, deadline of payment, and estimated amount to be paid. When you receive your billing statement, change your projected amount to the actual amount as indicated on the statement. List all your debts in the Debt page of your home budget spreadsheet. Include the deadlines for payment, minimum monthly payment, interest rates, and the sum of all debts. If you plan to pay the smallest debts first, arrange your list of debts from the smallest to the largest. Finally, return to the Budget page that now has the total amounts of every page in your spreadsheet and then deduct your expenses from your income.