By . Budget Spreadsheet. At Saturday, April 17th 2021, 00:35:27 AM.
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.
Generally a high-quality household budget spreadsheet is easily usable by those with elementary computer knowledge having a layout that is understandable and showing most of the details that are required for household management. The other important aspect to be considered while selecting a spreadsheet is the kind of flexibility it offers to user in putting together all the required inputs on income and expenses of the home budget. Some spreadsheets have add-ons like calculator, yearly calendar, savings planner etc, and one can select them based on their requirement of such features. These budgeting tools are very much important in easy monitoring of income and expenses by allowing regular updating of entries without much concern for accuracy. In long run budget spreadsheets act as life savers as one is able to plan and monitor their income and expenses and prepare themselves for any unforeseen circumstances that life has to present them in future. They also impart you the financial independence of setting out of your priorities in life.
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.