Budgeting is good for you, but often we don’t do it. There’s a big reason why most budgets fail, but close to the top of the list are all the complicated tools people use for budgeting.
Some exercise is better than none. And a simple budget is better than none.
Whether you are just learning to budget or you don’t need or want all the bells and whistles of fancy software or online budgeting tools, I give you my Really Simple Budget Worksheet.
What is the Really Simple Budget Worksheet?
The Really Simple Budget Worksheet is a one page form that asks for your monthly income and monthly expenses grouped into just a handful of categories. Unlike some budget tools, this worksheet doesn’t need to know how much you spend on coffee in the morning, beers at the bar, fast food lunches and fine dining. It groups them as dining, travel and entertainment.
Although there is some value in seeing how much your coffee or lunch habits add up to every month, it takes a lot of time to track—time most of us would rather spend in other ways. The Really Simple Budget Worksheet lets you figure out a budget in a few minutes and get on with life.
The worksheet is available as a PDF (for printing) and Microsoft Excel:
- Download the Really Simple Budget Worksheet in Adobe PDF
- Download the Simple Budget Worksheet in Microsoft Excel
More Budgeting Options
This simple budget might be the perfect introduction to budgeting for some, but might not be enough for everybody. Check out my original free budget spreadsheet, my list of free and premium online budgeting tools, or J. Money’s roundup of the best free budget templates from around the Web.