By . Budget Spreadsheet. At Thursday, April 08th 2021, 02:20:05 AM.
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!
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.
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.