Budget Sheets: Where to get one and best practices

A set of properly configured budget sheets should be the main part of your personal finance management system. It is the main part of your budget. There is a vast ocean of different types of budget sheets; but there are a select few that are the best for household and family use. Finding an average worksheet is easy; and it can take a skilled eye to find a great one. You are also able to create your own budget sheet if that is desirable. Whichever way you decide to go, a budget sheet will make any budget stellar.

Budget sheets are just now becoming trendy as many people around the world are recovering from the financial crash. These budget sheets come with many different names; these include ‘worksheets’ and ‘spreadsheets’. They should not cost money as there are literally thousands of reiterations available on the internet. By reading up on spreadsheets, you should also be able to create your own personalized budget sheet in a matter of hours.

Like previously stated, there are many different kinds of budget sheets available. In all of these types, there are a few things that you should keep your eyes peeled for. This list includes mobile compatibility, customization, simplicity, and collaboration readiness.

  • Mobile compatible – In this day and age, you want your budget sheets to be compatible with the latest smartphone technology. By now, you most likely have a computer in your pocket that follows you everywhere. Make use of it and make you’re your sheet for budgeting is set up to be compatible with your mobile device.
  • Customization – A lot of the older budget sheets were static in nature. This was before many people knew how to use a computer, so the sheets were unable to be edited correctly. Now, however, just about any financial worksheet that you download will be able to be edited. These can be edited in any spreadsheet software or PDF editor.
  • Simplicity – Another gigantic thing to search for in a budgeting spreadsheet is the simplicity. If it hurts your head just thinking about it, the sheet is probably not the right decision. You’re going to be spending many days with the budget sheet that you pick; so it would be in your best interest to make it a good one.
  • Collaboration capability – If there are going to be multiple people using the same budgeting sheet with the same information loaded in; you will need to find one that is ready to be collaborated on. The number one option is to use Google Sheets to create and share a budgeting sheet with your family.

How to Find Budget Sheets

With all this talk: where can you find budgeting sheets? You could contact someone to have one made just for your needs. If that is asking too much, you could explore BudgetPronto a bit and check out some of the downloadable content that we have to offer. Another common way is to ask a friend. You may not know if, but a very close friend or family member could just so be a budgeting enthusiast. The last and most likely most common way is to simply search “budget sheets” online. Check the images, you should be able to find a fantastic printable sheet.

If you get into the habit of using your budgeting sheet frequently, it can help your life a lot. To start, budget sheets will assist you in determining your goals in the first place. By having a place to record your financial information; you’ll be able to sit back and think about a financial goal that you might have. Once you have one set up and configured, it will help you stay on track. So many of us have a problem with getting lazy and a sheet could just be a remedy to that problem. You will also hold the ability to easily visualize your financial information. Many people fall into the life of just swiping a piece of plastic and getting in debt. With this, you could fix your problem.

As with anything, there are best practices that you should follow when you start using your budgeting sheet. Our number on recommendation is for you to make the transfer and start using cash. It feels a lot different handing over $20 than it does to scan a card and have a $20 (plus fees) debt appear in an account. Another tip that we have is for you to start taking photos of your receipts. Almost every single phone has a camera on it, taking a picture will help you remember to update your budget sheet. One other thing that you can start doing is schedule reminders. On an Android phone, you are able to schedule a reminder by a voice command. It couldn’t be easier. Our last piece of advice is two words: “peer pressure”. Tell your friends and family about your financial goals. Having other know about what you’re trying to achieve can be nothing but positive.