By . Budget Spreadsheet. At Thursday, April 08th 2021, 01:58:22 AM.
Did you know that there are two driving forces, or perspectives at work in achieving your long term goals in life? It true, they are yours and the author behind the home budget or budget spreadsheet you have opted to use on a daily bases; and any commitment failure from either end will most likely cause a derailment of any and all of your long term goals. So let us take under consideration, these two perspectives and how they apply to achieving your long term goals in life.The first perspective is of course yours, and is broken down into two parts. These two areas are your personal commitment to achieving your long term goals and will work apart from your budget spreadsheet; but they are none the less foundational to its success. First, you will need to exercise focus and/or determination. Please, keep in the cracks and crevices of your mind that abstract goals in life that are akin to "power", "financial freedom", and "being rich" are nice; but will soon fade away, since wealth and power are at best relative; you will never earn enough, nor have enough power. Ergo, these are unfocused and unrealistic "types" of goals to have in life. Focused goals in life should revolve around items of need, trips or get-a-ways, and personal achievements. Thou, this is not a comprehensive list; these are however, tangible and attainable for the resolute of mind. Secondly, you will also need to allow for time in reaching your long term goals in life. Many families become discouraged in the short term, soon giving up for failing to grasp this basic concept in Long term goal achievement. When looking at other families we tend to see the results and not the determination, hard work, and time that had produced such results. So please, work hard, remain patient, focus on each goal, and allow for plenty of time!
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.
The other important items on the list are monthly grocery needs, utility bills, home maintenance, maintenance of car or any other vehicle, entertainment, personal expenditure. Once the sorting of income and expenses is done make a column that indicate projected amount and another that gives actual amount for both income and expenditure. This way one can keep track of the actual amount of expenditure that is taking place and try to balance funds. Now days, there are many software programs available online providing a wide range of home budget spreadsheet. They are user-friendly with flexibility to represent data either as pie diagrams or charts. Inbuilt calculators in these programs save time on various calculations and are handy to use. With such understandable spreadsheets, one can take care of their finances in a better way and ensure the availability of proper funds not only during months end, but also in case of any emergency in long run. One should therefore look out for spreadsheets that have most of the above facilities and ensure an effortless budgeting experience.