While I’m not a huge fan of budgeting (my husband is the nerd and I’m the free spirit!), I am a huge fan of organization…especially printables! And since having a budget and keeping track of your finances is very important, I decided to create a printable budget planner that I’m sharing with you! 🙂
Keeping your finances organized is very important to being successful in managing your money. I think that a written budget where you are able to put your numbers on paper with purpose will keep you accountable and help you to have freedom in your finances. And as a free spirit, I love having the freedom to spend!
I’ve created a set of 13 printables to help you create a printable budget planner. You can grab the entire collection of printables here for just $2.99! 🙂
Now, let’s get to what’s included in the printable budget planner!
Printable Budget Planner
Yearly Financial Goals
After the pretty cover, you will find a Yearly Financial Goals form. This is a great way to set priorities for your money at the beginning of the year and create actionable steps towards achieving them. If you aren’t intentional about setting goals, then you will never get anywhere with money.
Your goals should be actionable and have an end date. You can’t just say I want to pay off some of my debt this year. You won’t get anywhere with that! Instead you should say, “I want to pay off $6000 of student loan debt by December 2017.” This goal is actionable. It has a set amount and an end date. From this goal you can create a plan. If you know you have 12 months to pay off $6000, then you know you need to be putting at least $500 a month towards that debt (plus interest fees.)
I love setting goals, especially with finances. It really gives you something to work towards so that you don’t constantly feel like you are stuck.
Bill Pay Checklist
The next form in the printable budget planner is a bill pay checklist. This is just a place to list all of your normal monthly, quarterly, or annual bills. It gives you a place to list your bills, their amounts (or estimated amounts), their date of the month due, and a place for you the check it off once it has been paid.
Then we come to the wonderful monthly budgeting form! You will need 12 of these printed out for the entire year. This form will only cover your base pay for each month or income you can always expect each month. We use this for my husband’s base salary.
There is a space for you to record all of your income, a place for fluctuating expenses like groceries, gasoline, household items, hair care, etc. The next space is for your fixed expenses or items that will be the same each month. These include things like your mortgage, internet bill, insurance payments, or any debt payments you make.
We try to keep a zero-based budget so this is how I created this form. A zero-based budget means that your income minus your outgo should equal zero. As Dave Ramsey says, “Every dollar has a name.” If you have money left over, then you need to go back up to your budget and give it a name so that it doesn’t just walk right out of your bank account.
Irregular Income Budget
The irregular income budget form is for income that fluctuates from month to month. For us, this includes any overtime or holiday pay my husband receives and any income I receive from the blog. The basis of this form is for you to list out what you want to use your irregular income for in order from most important to least important.
If you are in debt, you might want to use Dave Ramsey’s debt snowball and list your debts here from least to greatest. You might also want to contribute to some sinking funds in this section which will be listed on another form later on!
Emergency Fund Spreadsheet
This form is to help you track your emergency fund. An emergency fund is a simple savings account that is only used for emergency purposes. On this form, you can track any actions you take on the account (deposits or withdrawals), the purpose of your action (what was the emergency if any), the date it took place, the amount of the action, and a running balance of your account.
I’ve found this form to be one of the most helpful in the printable budget planner. Sometimes a few smaller things can add up to one big thing and all of a sudden our emergency fund has dropped! (Please tell me this happens to you too or is it just us?!) It’s nice to keep a running balance so you know where the money goes when it leaves. It’s also nice to see a consistent trend on the upswing when that happens too! 🙂
Sinking Funds Spreadsheet
I LOVE this form! It’s for any sinking funds you might want to add to your budget and I’m all about sinking funds! If you aren’t sure what a sinking fund is, you can head over here and read all about them on Dave Ramsey’s website.
But just to give you the gist, a sinking fund is a place where you save up for larger purchases instead of taking on debt to cover them. You might have a sinking fund for a new couch, a car, a vacation, or any number of other things you want to add to your budget.
I love this form because you can create sections for each item you are saving for, the amount you want to save, a date to reach your goal amount, and a place to track any deposits into that particular sinking fund.
Outstanding Debts Spreadsheet
This last form in the printable budget planner is probably my least favorite. This is a place to track all of your debts each month. The goal is obviously for the debts to hopefully grow smaller in both size and number as the year goes on.
There is a section for each month of the year! You can also use your yearly goals page as you fill out this form to hopefully take your debts down throughout the year.
Budgeting isn’t always fun, but it can be made more fun with pretty printables! Making a printable budget planner for the year will help you set priorities, create goals, and keep your finances organized so that you can stay focused!
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