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Tuesday Tip: Audit Your Budget

tuesday tipEver wonder where all your money is going? Ever wish you had more cash to spend on things you need or want? It can be tough to keep track of all of your spending for any given month. However, tracking is the best way to find ways to save. It’s easy to forget about some expenses that you may have forgotten about, like an unused club membership or magazine subscription. Or maybe an unnecessary expense has become a routine, like drive-thru coffee or take-out lunch.

Finding the answers is as simple as creating a budget. It’s a great way to identify what you are really spending your money on each month. Doing so will help you identify areas of your budget where you can spend less and use that money to pay off debts.

Start with ACCC’s Household Budgeting Worksheet. You can download an interactive excel file here. Using this worksheet, you can write down everything you spend, whether it’s recurring monthly bills like rent and utilities, or less frequent expenses like hair cuts and clothes shopping.

household budgeting worksheet

 

If you want to take it a step further and really dig into your spending habits, download ACCC’s Daily Expense Tracker. (interactive excel file here). This will help you account for every dollar you spend on a daily basis, and will ultimately paint a clear picture of your spending habits and how you can save money.

daily expense tracker

 

Use these worksheets to audit your budget, and you will most likely find areas where you can spend less, save more, and put more money towards bills, debts, or paying off credit cards.

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ABOUT AUTHOR / Andi

Andi is a Marketing Assistant at ACCC. He is passionate about supporting financial literacy efforts and helping to educate people on the Talking Cents blog!

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