By . Budget Spreadsheet. At Wednesday, April 07th 2021, 03:17:16 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.
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.
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.