Budgeting Worksheet: Ease of Use and Professional The biggest complaint about budgeting is that it's too hard and takes too much time. Look for something that not only does all of the above functions, but is also easy to use from the get_go. The forms should be intuitive, easy to identify the cells to fill in data, and easy to read print out report. Finally, my gauge of a truly excellent budgeting worksheet is to ask yourself, "Is this a report that I'd be comfortable taking to a financial planner, banker, or other professional for further advice or coaching?" If the answer is yes, then you've done a good job!
So, back to the original question _ which free budgeting worksheet works the best? The answer, sadly, is none. That's because they all basically only allow you to list your income and expenses, and that's about it. Some of them also allow you to record your actual income and expenses. But none of the free budgeting worksheets we could find online allowed you to create a spending plan. Generally speaking, the ability to generate a paycheck_by_paycheck spending plan is only available in budgeting worksheets packaged for sale.