Having a solid household budget is a crucial part of good money management. However, when it comes to day to day life, you’ve got to find tools that can help support your efforts to put that budget into action.
“If you’ve taken the steps to set up a budget but are having problems executing it, you’ve got to consider why that is happening. Maybe your budget is too stringent or not realistic. Or perhaps you aren’t using a system that matches your personality and style. Any one of these conflicts can be a barrier to success,” says Jeff Schwartz, executive director, Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada.
“Don’t forget that your budget needs to set out limits for your spending, but ideally should also give you an opportunity to track your spending so that you can tweak it as needed. Budgeting worksheets can be enormously helpful,” says Schwartz.
Here are some helpful and free budgeting worksheets that can help get your finances in order.
Mint.com is a popular budgeting app that offers varying levels of service for money management and bill payments. They do offer a series of free budget downloads that are Excel compatible. What’s nice about these offerings is that they not only offer basic household budgeting help, but you can budget for more specific areas of your household costs, like daycare and college costs.
Student Budget Worksheet
This worksheet provided by the Government of Canada lets students plug in their expenses and income in order to let them determine if the budget that they’ve set out for themselves is realistic. One of the benefits of this budgeting tool is the level of detail, which can help students clearly decide where they need to cut back or if the problem is on the income side.
Setting a realistic budget before the school year starts can help avoid accumulating debt before the end of the year.
We offer a series of free printable spreadsheets that can help you determine your expenses and your income. We also have a credit card debt worksheet that will help you tally all of your debt, which is a crucial starting point in your debt repayment plan.
Pearbudget offers free downloadable budget worksheets (along with subscription based ones) that are very detailed in terms of how they break down categories of spending. When it comes to budgeting, detail is a good thing, because it more easily helps you track your progress and spending.
The other perk to this is that Pearbudget runs on multiple operating systems, so if you don’t use Excel, this may be a good choice for you.
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