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I Have A Hard Time Handling Money; I Need A Mark Ramsey-esque Person To Help Me!?

Postby Fremont » Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:30 am

The foundation of any budget is good bookkeeping. You need to track your income and your expenses. Set up a budgeting worksheet on Excel, or get Quicken. Quicken will be easier to work with, but it will cost about $60. I listed the categories to start below. Add or delete categories as needed. Each column in Excel should be one month. Each row should be 1 expense category. Make sure to reconcile your checkbook each month. Failing to reconcile your checkbook is like having a condom, but not using it.

Enter income items with a "+" and expenses with a "-". The bottom entry called Surplus/Shortage (Spendable income) should be the sum of all the income and all the expenses. If the bottom entry is a "-", then you need to reduce your expense somewhere

There are two types of expenses: Fixed expenses and variable expenses. Expenses such as , mortgage, and car payments are fixed expenses. You can't reduce them without refinancing your house or moving to an apartment with lower rent.
Other expenses are variable. You have some control over those. Examples are how often you eat out, whether you go to expenses or inexpensive restaurants, whether you have cable TV, and if so whether you have an expensive or inexpensive package. More examples: Do you plan to get a cell phone? If so, will it be one with texting and internet (expensive), or simply one which allows you to make and receive calls without texting and internet. You control variable expenses. These are the ones which you can reduce.

There are some items which are a bit harder to budget. For example, you pay for homeowner's or renter's insurance once a year. Take the bill divide it by 12, and add it to your expenses monthly as an accrued item. Some expenses are unpredictable. For example, you know that your car will eventually need an expensive repair, but you don't know when it will happen. Go through your check register for the last 24 months. Add up all the unexpected items and divide by 24. Then enter that amount on your budget each month.

I suggest you get a book called Bookkeeping for Dummies by Lita Epstein. Please don't be offended by the name. For Dummies is a publishing company. They contract with top authors who are both experts in their field and have the ability to put concepts in simple English.


Wages and Bonuses

Interest Income

Investment Income

Miscellaneous Income

Income Subtotal


Federal Income Tax

State and Local Income Tax

Social Security/Medicare Tax

Income Taxes Subtotal

Spendable Income



Mortgage or Rent

Homeowners/Renters Insurance (actual amount paid)

Property Taxes (actual amount paid)

Home Repairs/Maintenance/HOA Dues

Home Improvements



Water and Sewer

Natural Gas or Oil

Telephone (Land Line, Cell)



Eating Out, Lunches, Snacks


Child Support/Alimony

Day Care, Babysitting


Insurance (medical,dental,vision)

Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenses

Fitness (Yoga,Massage,Gym)


Car Payments


Auto Repairs/Maintenance/Fees

Auto Insurance

Other (tolls, bus, subway, taxi)


Credit Cards

Student Loans

Other Loans


Cable TV/Videos/Movies

Computer Expense


Subscriptions and Dues




Grooming, Boarding, Vet



401(K)or IRA

Stocks/Bonds/Mutual Funds

College Fund


Emergency Fund


Toiletries, Household Products


Grooming (Hair, Make-up, Other)

Miscellaneous Expense

Total Investments and Expenses

>>> Spendable income
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I Have A Hard Time Handling Money; I Need A Mark Ramsey-esque Person To Help Me!?

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