Everyone who has read my blog, seen me speak or read my book already knows my opinion on this debate. But we’re each different in our requirements and abilities. Should you budget using an Excel budget template, (or any spreadsheet), or one of the many software budgeting tools?
To Excel Or Not To Excel
If you asked me this question three years ago I would have emailed you an Excel budget that I built for myself and used quite successfully for several years. It worked so well, in fact, that I added an instruction tab and shared it with my friends. I told those friends that they were welcome to share it with their networks and before I knew it, I was receiving emails from people I had never met asking me budgeting questions.
But if you’re asking me today if you should budget using a spreadsheet or budgeting software, I would tell you to definitely use a software solution, such as Mint.com or LearnVest. I was recently asked this exact question by one of my sisters and that is why I’m writing this article.
Here are some of the reasons I gave my sister on why she should go the software route:
– It’s a lot less work and time.
– It’s on your phone.
– It’s real-time.
– It’s free software.
– It’s not 1997!
(She and her family are now Mint.com users).
If You Still Prefer Spreadsheets
You will need some basic Excel skills to use my template or it may work for you as is. If you are interested in checking it out, click this link to get my personal budgeting Excel workbook for FREE. No catch. (There is never “a catch” in Jim Miller’s World).
So how do you budget?
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