By . Budget Spreadsheet. At Thursday, April 15th 2021, 20:33:56 PM.
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!).
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.
Include Groceries on Your Monthly Budget Spreadsheet Groceries should also be included on the monthly budget spreadsheet. Depending on where you live and how well you shop--using coupons and buying larger packages of paper products and non-perishables--you could easily spend $80 a week in groceries just for one person (and thats not eating steak every night or eating out). By the way, avoid eating out, if at all possible, and settle for a hearty meal at home. Find Good Insurance The insurance industry has grown tremendously and so has the cost--car insurance, health insurance, and renters insurance, to name a few. Your best bet in finding good rates rests on your history and good research. For example, if youve been ticketed for reckless operation recently, your rates could be double the normal amount. As far as health insurance, some companies are offering more than one type of plan--choose the more affordable one based on your current circumstances and you can keep some of your hard-earned money where it belongs--in your pocket or in the bank. The last type of insurance mentioned is renters insurance. Although it isnt necessarily required, it could save a bundle in the long run if something catastrophic happens. Thats right--insurance premiums should be included on the monthly budget spreadsheet as well.