By . Budget Spreadsheet. At Thursday, April 08th 2021, 02:23:00 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!
Budget spreadsheets can be done by hand or on any number of websites and they help you by determining first what your overall income is and then what your expenses are. You will have to list every expense, whether it is a once a year expense (like property taxes), or a daily expense (like your morning coffee that costs five dollars). By taking a look at all of these numbers, you might be astounded by what you see. More importantly, you will then be able to make adjustments to where you are putting your money. When you realize that you are paying over $1,500 for that morning coffee each year, you might re-think that! You might also realize that the same amount of money could pay off several of your credit cards, leading you on a path to being debt free.
Dont Forget About Transportation When choosing a place to live, consider transportation costs--fuel, commute, and the wear-and-tear on your vehicle. As a general rule, living within 15 or 20 minutes of the workplace and doctors office can save a lot of fuel, travel time and lengthen the life of your vehicle. Lastly, include an estimate on the monthly budget spreadsheet of how much youre planning to allot for entertainment. That way, you can save up your "entertainment funds" for something bigger (like a vacation) or spend it on smaller perks. Its also important to save some for emergency funds as well, because cars break down and people do become ill. All of this and anything else you can think of as a potential cost should be included on the spreadsheet so youll have some idea of what youre going to spend before you have to spend it. As each month passes, simply update the spreadsheet to reflect actual costs.