By . Budget Spreadsheet. At Tuesday, April 06th 2021, 10:21:30 AM.
Starting out on your own these days can be both scary and rewarding. Even the most responsible person will encounter challenges, but the best way to succeed is to plan, plan, and plan some more. Setting up Your Monthly Budget Spreadsheet Setting up your own monthly budget spreadsheet is easy to do in popular programs like Excel and Quicken. Developing an estimate of the costs youre likely to accrue while out on your own makes good sense. That way, youll be able to quickly determine what is affordable and potentially avoid falling into a bad situation. If youre thinking about renting a place, check out the neighborhood, and better yet, talk to the neighbors. In addition to paying rent, some of the major costs that should be included on the monthly budget spreadsheet are the utilities. Ask the landlord how much utilities they typically run and make a quick call to the utility companies to double-check the accuracy of the landlords estimate.
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!).
Checkbook registers come in many sizes, shapes, and colors; yet, for all of their physical diversities, their only function is to provide information about your bank account. And since you are basing your lifestyle on the amount of funds in your bank account; it would behoove you to have an accurate account. Remember, you are the first line of defense against potential problems that can arise from having misinformation. Of course, you can be like our friend above who waited and had his card returned, deflated and useless only then to realize that there is a serious problem. First, you must balance your checkbook. You can either use software, or pen and paper to accomplish this task. Now, if the concept of balancing a checkbook eludes you, just search the internet on how to balance your checkbook. And, as you balance your checkbook, you should pay particular attention to missed transactions, bad math, or any unexpected transactions. I remember that on one occasion I had recorded an unexpected deposit as a withdraw in my checkbook register. So, to my chagrin, my $150.00 deposit became on paper, a $300.00 withdraw.