New to budgeting? Have a budget now, but want a fresh start? Try our new, absolutely free budget spreadsheet, the Super Starter Budget. This ultra simple, no frills, Excel budget template is so easy, it actually makes budgeting fun!
Setting up your budget worksheet is super easy. First enter your budget time frame by selecting the month and year from the drop down menus. Then enter your net income for the month. Finally, enter up to 10 categories that you want to track. Next to each category, enter your budget amounts. Use the interactive PLUS, MINUS, UP, and DOWN buttons to add, remove, or move categories up or down.
Track your spending for the month by logging them into the Expenses table. The Expense table has columns for the date, description, amount, and category of each expense. Assign each expense to one of the categories you entered in the setup, by selecting from the built-in drop down menu. This table is a great way to have a historical record of your spending. You can even filter and sort the table to drill down on specific dates, descriptions, or categories of spending.
Your actual spending vs budget spending will automatically calculate in the Month Detail tab. This sheet will give you a savings summary, a spending summary, and a spending by category breakdown. There is also a pie chart that shows you what percentage each category represents to your total spending. It’s easy to see where you’re spending the most! Analyze the Month Detail sheet as often as you need to see how you’re tracking for the month. Adjust your spending habits as necessary, and start saving!
For detailed instructions on how to use the free budget spreadsheet, check out How to Use the Super Starter Budget.
- Single Month Budget
- One Regular Income Source
- Up to 10 Expense Categories
- Actual Spending Pie Chart
The Super Starter Budget is an introductory, single month free budget spreadsheet. For a full 12-month budget template with up to 20 categories, check out the Super Basic Budget. For a 12-month budget with 20 categories, subcategories, and many more premium features, check out the Super Deluxe Budget.