There are all kinds of tools out there for budgeting, from Web sites that connect to your bank account to the old-fashioned envelope method. Household Budget Worksheet falls somewhere in the middle, bringing some useful features to the familiar format of a spreadsheet. We think this is a great choice for anyone who needs a simple way to keep track of their spending.
Household Budget Worksheet is simply an Excel spreadsheet, and it opened in Excel with no problems. The spreadsheet had a professional-looking format with helpful built-in instructions. We really liked it that the spreadsheet lets users enter both the budgeted amount and amounts spent and then calculates the difference, making it easy to see where your budget's getting blown. There's space to enter income from wages, investments, and other sources, as well as a quite thorough list of expenses. Expense categories include home, daily living, transportation, entertainment, health, recreation, insurance, obligations and savings, education, vacation, subscriptions, children, business, pets, and miscellaneous. We appreciated the fact that Household Budget Worksheet was so thorough in its categories and also left room for users to add their own. We also liked the fact that the spreadsheet has a built-in bar graph that displays budgeted and actual spending for each category.
Overall, we think that Household Budget Worksheet is about as good as it gets when it comes to budgeting spreadsheets; it looks good and has meaningful tools to help you monitor your spending. We recommend it.