You can create a simple monthly budget and start crushing your debt with these free printable sheets.
Budgeting can seem like tedious work and maybe one of those 4 letter words. But I am here to tell you, it’s about freedom. If you are a reader, let me share some of my favorite reads to help you with money mindset.
When you were younger you probably had dreams about what life would be as you became an adult. You probably like me, dreamed of the beautiful house, bought by your spouse who literally swept you off your feet, the white picket fence, and 2.5 children. You maybe dreamed of traveling all over the world.
Maybe you had a tough childhood. You grew up, just waiting to get out of a bad situation and wanted to be on your own and have a small apartment, a pet, a child, etc.
Whatever your background and circumstances, you are at that crossroads right now and you have a choice!
Are you going to change your life and be in control of your budget and finances or are you going to let your money control you?
I will never forget turning 18 and I received my first Credit Card Invitation. I was so excited. I was always pretty good with money so I never really abused it. After we got married and we wanted a few nice things for the house is when I started keeping a balance. It didn’t take long for the balance to rise, which is when I started understanding how the balance reflects into your credit report. I recently shared why you need a budget and the struggles our family went through.
How to Create A Monthly Budget
This will save you time and money by planning your month in advance. Once you create your first budget, you can do a follow up one each month in under 15 minutes.
Simple Monthly Budget Setup with 8 Worksheets
Our challenges start with a timer. I would suggest you don’t use your phone because you might be tempted to get distracted and your goal is to save time. I use a timer like this. By using a timer for all your daily tasks, you get it done. I have found since I do this, I don’t go off on a tangent and forget what I was originally doing.
For your first month and time doing a Budget, I suggest you get your bank statement for last month out. Then a few highlighters and start categorizing your statement into the categories on your budget sheet. I have created this printable for you so you can always have it at glance, although I am going to suggest a program for you to use on your computer and phone. It is called Everydollar.com It is free. Yahoo! But if you prefer to use just the printable that is fine for our pen and paper people. Plus you can hang it on the fridge or keep in a binder.
Once you have all your categories highlighted and add them up so you begin to create a monthly budget and can plug them into your free budget printable. Here are the steps you take, in this order.
Start with your income. This is all you have and all you can spend during the month. You can’t spend more than you have and be successful. This goes into the top on Every dollar and on the printable.
Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail
Once you put in your income, I suggest you put in your tithe or charity. Next is savings. You should have or be striving to have $1000.00 set aside for emergencies. I will share more on that in another post. Your top 4 categories after tithe and savings, are Housing, transportation, utilities, and food. All the rest are things that are not priorities. They may be things you think you need but you will need to increase your income to pay for them.
Continue to go through the list, but you should use all your income to the penny. Your goal is to end up at zero. This way you enter an amount into each category that you need. You can cross out the others or delete them from Everydollar.com
How Do I Categorize my Budget?
Start with printing off this printable and having your bank statements.
Next, Take your first 6 categories and add enter them.
Add up the remaining categories and enter them.
Once you enter them, you will have to adjust where you are going to stop spending and start saving. Most likely you will not be able to Zero it out on your first go around. I don’t want you to spend more than 20 or 30 minutes on this if you can’t adjust some lines.
If you have never done a budget you might be surprised at how much money you spend on some categories.
Many people just skip the tithe and savings categories to make the budget work, but those are your top priorities. These categories will be how you earn wealth in the future. Remember it took me 5 years. I could have done it in 3 had I been more focused. It really isn’t that long to get out of debt and into wealth. Find an accountability partner or a Dave Ramsey Class to join to help.
Where do I add my debt in the budget?
Once you are done, you can duplicate this every month, with the exception of items that change.
For example, this month I know I am going to the dentist. So I need to adjust some of my categories to be able to pay my bill. It will either be my dining out extras or my clothing budget or even groceries.
If you have any questions about this budget leave them in the comments.
Once you have all your categories filled out and used all your money to zero out your budget, you are ready for some of the baby steps in Dave Ramseys Book Total Money Makeover. The first is Baby Step 1 and it is $1000.00 set aside for emergencies. You can use the monthly savings printable to get to your goal.
This is not for clothes or a new car, or a vacation. This is what is going to help you get out of debt, and living a stress-free (financially) life. This is when your brakes go out in the car, or the home air conditioner goes out, to keep you from using your credit cards. Each month the savings line is building up this $1000.00. Put this money somewhere that is not so easy to get, but not hard enough that you dip into those credit cards again.
The point is if you want to make a difference in your finances you need to be accountable and motivated to pay off your debt and live within your means and then start building wealth. You can do it. We paid off $35k in credit cards in 5 years. It can even be done quicker if you get a second job to pay it down quicker.
The exciting thing is that once you reach that $1000.00 for your emergency fund, you can move to Baby Step 2 for Debt Reduction. If you don’t have the book. I will share that next time.
What if my monthly budget doesn’t work?
If you can’t get your budget to work, then I suggest getting an accountability partner or join Financial Peace University at your local church. Every budget works, it is just a matter of if you are willing to make the short-term sacrifice for the long-term gain. What I mean by this, is you have to have the mindset that your family is worth doing this for.
SAVINGS TIP: I have a Christmas budget line. I put some money away every month for Christmas. That way I am not surprised or go into debt. I use the monthly savings sheet for this.
Don’t forget your Monthly Budget Printable. I also have another special money affirmation printable for you to work on your mindset, make sure you print it off.
If you have any questions on how to using this simple Monthly Budget template with these 8 budget Printables, you can leave them in the comments or join our 5-day Crush Your Budget Challenge at the blue button above.
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