Here is an example of how to create a monthly budget. Excel formulas are already in place. All you need to do is as follows:
1) Start by entering the income you receive on a monthly basis into the row labeled “After Tax Income”.
2) Change and create categories on the left-hand side of the spreadsheet with expenses you typically incur on a monthly basis. For example, maybe you don’t have “Student Loans” replace it instead with “Entertainment”.
3) Enter the amounts you plan to spend in each category on a given month. These amounts can change from month to month.
4) Lastly, make sure that the amount listed at the very bottom is a positive number and indicated with black. This ensures that your spending/saving does not exceed your monthly income.
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