Isabel Leverrier October 7, 2020 Budget
What I like to do now with this information is use it for the start of my budget. Now that you know where you are spending your money, you can develop some financial goals. Do you want to get out of debt? Do you want to save for a wonderful vacation? Do you want to save more for your retirement?
For example, I love donuts. There are several times that T have bought one or two donuts from the mini-mart when I stopped to get gas. I may only spend one dollar at each stop, but if I do this several times each week, it can add $10 or more to my food budget. Coffee might add another $10 or $20. If I did not figure this into my food budget, I would have problems. Since all of our money is supposed to be accounted for in our budget, there is no "extra" money. That means that if I do not take it from my food category, I am taking that $20 or $30 from another category. This would throw the entire budget off course.
Many people would love to simplify their budgeting process. However, since many cannot use the Excel worksheet, there has been a desire to have an easily available and user friendly budgeting spreadsheet that would enable you budget with ease. Many versions of these spreadsheets are available and can easily be used with Microsoft Office such as Excel hence making it easy for many people.
Software for financial planning, however, can bog down a computer and even require some upgrades in hardware. Online software and tools, however, use a website`s own servers to make calculations, allowing your computer to do very little of the work. For instance, a calculator for budget constraints might cost quite a bit of money and use up a good amount of computer resources, but an online tool is capable of tabulating budget results for little to no cost.
In the first instance, make a note of everything you spend - big and small - each day for a whole month. The first thing you wll notice is how all the little things actually add up to quite a lot over the course of a month. For example, it is estimated that the average worker will spend around £5 a day buying their lunch. And even taking into account weekends and holidays, that is an excessive amount of money every year on unnecessary lunchtime treats. By bringing in homemade lunches everyday it is possible to make considerable savings for a modest effort.
Which Budget Calculator? When you have got your paperwork to hand it is time to find a budget calculator. There are loads of budget calculators on the internet - have a look at a few and see if there is one suitable for your needs. If you ca not find one that looks right for you, you could set up a personalised one on a spreadsheet. Go through your bank statements and make a list of all your monthly, quarterly and annual bills. Then add one third of the quarterly and one twelfth of the annual bills to your monthly column. Next list all your monthly income in the same way. Transfer the information to your chosen budget calculator and see where your money is going.