Free Google Sheets and Excel Budgeting Templates

Excel and Sheets are great tools in creating and tracking your budget. Use these templates to create and track your budget each month.

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How to use these spreadsheets

  1. Begin each month by filling in your expected income and anticipated expenses in the respective "budgeted" columns. The subtotal at the bottom of each table will automatically update, showing you how much of your budget remains.

  2. After outlining your expenses, decide the amounts you wish to direct towards loan repayments and savings. This is where you see progress toward your goals.
  3. Feel free to tailor the names of rows within your tables to better align with your budget. The only table where that you cannot adjust the names is in the Discretionary Expenses table, as those names are linked to formulas.
  4. As the month progresses, record actual incomes and expenditures in the "actual columns." For discretionary spending, utilize the separate tracking table and category drop-downs for a streamlined process.
  5. At month's end, evaluate your remaining budget. This is the opportunity to enhance your savings or make additional loan payments. To prepare for the upcoming month, simply duplicate the sheet, carrying over all formulas to continue your financial planning journey.

Excel and Sheets Basics

Creating an Additional Sheet:

  • Right-click on an existing tab at the bottom.
  • Select Insert > Worksheet to add a new sheet.

Duplicating a Sheet:

  • Right-click the sheet tab you wish to duplicate.
  • Choose Move or Copy.
  • Check the Create a copy box and select where to place the duplicate.

Using the SUM Function:

  • To sum cells, type =SUM(A1:A5) in a cell, replacing A1:A5 with your specific range.
  • For quick sums, you can enter the formula you would like to add together, like =1+1

Inserting Rows in a Table:

  • Right-click on a row within your table.
  • Choose Insert Table Rows Above/Below to add a row without affecting the rest of the sheet.

Viewing Formulas in a Cell:

  • To see the formula in a cell, simply click on the cell.
  • Alternatively, press Ctrl + ~ to toggle the view of formulas across the sheet.

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