I laugh all of the time about how ironic it is that I run a blog known for its printables and absolutely hate using printables in my own life. I know it sounds silly, but I love designing printables…I just don’t like actually using them!
Take, for example, the household budget managing method I shared Tuesday. It is totally paperless. However, I love designing printables that help others manage their home and totally understand that using them works so much better for other people! I couldn’t help but create a couple of cute budget printables that match my Ultimate Planning Notebook for you guys.
If paperless organization just isn’t your thing, you can totally use the following pages to track your budget in the way I described Tuesday. Here’s how to do it…
As you’re working through Steps 3 and 4 from Tuesday’s post (setting your recurring and variable budget categories), you’ll want to use this budget planning printable. If you have the same overall budget each month, by all means, put in a dollar amount for each one…but for those of us with variable incomes, setting a percentage of your overall budget might be easier. This is the sheet you’ll refer back to as you make your budget each month.
Then, use this monthly budget planner to actually map out each individual month’s budget! This will allow you to set an initial budget and total up your spending at the end of the month. I’d recommend printing one of these sheets for each month (and keeping them after that month’s over to track your budget trends).
To track day-to-day spending, use this budget tracker. The printable version of this one is available in my printable collection, which is only available to my newsletter subscribers. If you’re already a subscriber, check the bottom of your latest newsletter for a link and password for the printable collection (or you’re welcome to email me for help). If you haven’t signed up yet, you can get the password right to your inbox (for free) by using the form below!
This printable will really allow you to take a look at where your money is going. I like that each of these printables breaks the budget down into smaller and smaller parts so you can really analyze both big-picture and smaller details of your spending. Again, you’ll probably need several copies of this one…I know I would need a few each month!
Now, hopefully I’ve covered all of my bases for those who both love and hate using printables! Want to see more of the Ultimate Planning Notebook? Click the image below!
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