By . Budget Spreadsheet. At Tuesday, April 06th 2021, 08:21:26 AM.
Sitting at your favorite restaurant hand-in-hand with your special someone with a steady stream of culinary delights wafting by, lights down low, and the occasional whispering of what might be violin music from somewhere in the establishment. What was to be the beginning of a night to remember in one sense of the word is now, instantly transformed into a night you would more likely want to forget by the look of distain engraved, as if on granite, worn by the face of your returning waitress; your credit card did not go through! More often then not when we start to speak about a home budget or budget spreadsheet, we tend to focus on the setting up and the working with the budget; as if that was all there was to running a familys home budget; never touching on the broader and more general aspects of home budgeting that interlace to form a overall successful financial picture. The successfulness of your budget spreadsheet will be reflected in how you handle, define, and process all of your financial information. For todays discussion, we will only focus on your familys checkbook and the effects misinformation can have your familys home budget.
Credit Cards- Even thou I am not a great advocate of credit cards, they do (if used correctly) allow a family to establish over time, a good credit history. In addition, in times of calamity, credit cards are a quick avenue of cash! When looking for a budget spreadsheet, look for a home budget that allows for the use and management of a least one credit card. In addition, your home budget should also give you the ability to swap out any projected budgeted transactions, for a credit card transaction. Charts - One of the greatest advancements in computer technology as been the processor speed. Today it possible to chart just about any information; but that is not the same as saying that all charted information is of value to you, the user. When considering a budget spreadsheet or home budget software, ask yourself, "Will the charts provide useful information necessary for me in achieving my short and long term goals in life?" "If I stay on budget, will my bank balance fluctuate either up or down?" "Does my projected budget TRULY reflect by lifestyle?" These are important questions; and the answers will guide you in choosing the best home budget for you and your family. Christmas - At first glance, one might not consider a section that deals with Christmas as being a useful secondary supplemental add-on. Yet, you might feel differently if you have to deal with items bought and then placed on lay-a-way, the correlation of expected income against actual purchases, and the keeping of a list of who gets what. A home budget software or budgeting spreadsheets that offer a section that deals with Christmas, can aid to making that time of year stress free.
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!).