Glory The Maestro
Most financially savvy people construct their own budgeting templates. If you’d like to construct yours, but have no clue as to where to start, fear not, this post is for you. This is what you have to do:
- Open an empty Excel sheet.
- Title it Personal Monthly Budget Planner.
- Create a cell that shows the particular month e.g. Month of September
- At the beginning of the month, fill in your budgeted income and expenditure.
- At the end of each week, use your financial diary to fill in your actual expenses
- At the end of the month, compare both to get your monthly variance
- Over the year, this careful budgeting will help you keep an eagle eye on how much you spend on several key items
Basically, your budgeting templates should look like the below:
|Home Expenses||Mortgage/ Rent|
|Car wash/ detailing services|
|Health||Health club dues|
|Veterinarians/ pet medicines|
|Financial obligations||Long-term savings|
|Credit card payments|
|Income tax (additional)|
|Music (CDs, etc.)|
|Video/ DVD rentals|
A D-I-Y budget allows you to literally see your spending patterns, and helps you to track your income and expenditures; so have fun doing your own budgeting and knowing you’re on your way to becoming financially savvy.