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Reader Tip: Tracking Your Budget Is Boring, But It Works

We each develop a unique saving style over the years, which is why we started the How Do You Save? group for you to divulge your winning tactics. It offers a place for you to dole out your advice to other SavvySugar readers trying to save a little moolah and learn from their experiences. Senorita reminds us that tracking and keeping a budget isn't always exciting, but it is a surefire way to quickly shed light on your unnecessary spending.

To learn her story and tip,


Senorita shares:

So not so long ago when I first met my boyfriend, now current husband, he introduced me to the idea of keeping a budget. He set up a really easy to follow spreadsheet where I could enter each day what I spent and set up an estimate as to what I would spend on rent, bills, food and, of course, fun! After a month, I was amazed I was spending over a thousand dollars on clothes and fun. I wasn't going out and buying a couple really expensive items but it was all the smaller stuff that just quickly adds up. I must admit I was completely shocked and afterward definitely felt like I had really had nothing to show for the money spent. Well, lesson learned, I continued to use the budget sheet, just to keep my spending in check and was eventually able to start saving a lot more each month!

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GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
We use Quicken for our household. It tracks our cash flow very well -- down to the smallest detail. Also, it's fun to use. I like the cash register sound it makes whenever I enter data.
esmerb esmerb 7 years
After struggling with budgeting all throughout my early 20s, I have finally gotten my act together. Now I actually have money that I can save and spend on myself!
supercoolnat supercoolnat 7 years
I've been keeping track of my budget for a long time now. It really is easy to set up a spreadsheet, and track month to month spending. I can see the months where certain categories went above budget and can try to make up for it the next month. One thing that amazes me is how much household supplies add up (drugstore type stuff - cleaning supplies, personal care, paper goods, etc.).
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I try to write everything down, but I found that, when I started doing this, my pre-tracking estimates were incredibly accurate. I waste a lot of money on meals out, but I have always known that.
syako syako 7 years
I started doing this too and I also was amazed at what I was wasting money on. Now I have my spending under control (for the most part) and when I look at my account and think, "where did my money go?" I can quickly look at my budget and figure it out.
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
if you're comfortable sharing your information, Mint makes expense tracking a breeze.
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