It’s easy to get your finances in order with this Budget Binder! Includes 20+ pages of financial printables for 2018 including budget worksheets, bill payment checklist, savings trackers, debt tracking sheets, and more!

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How to make your budget binder:

Budget Binders are a great way to get your finances organized. Use the included worksheets to track your budget, grow your savings, and pay off your debt.

Supplies you may want to use:

  • Binder: D-ring binders tend to work better.
  • Divider Tabs: Separate different areas of your finance binder such as debt, bill paying, or savings.
  • Binder Pockets: Instead of filing my bills in several different files in my filing cabinet, I just use these pockets. At the end of the year, I empty it out and place all the statements and bills in a separate file. These are also great to store your bills that are awaiting payment.
  • Zipper Pouch: These work great to store your bill paying supplies like envelopes, stamps, and your checkbook.

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20+ Printables for your Finance Binder

Everything you need to manage your money better! Customize your Budget Binder with the printables that work for your personal financial situation.

This free download includes the following printables:

  • Cover Page
  • Bill Payment Checklist
  • Bills by Due Date
  • Checkbook Register
  • Monthly Budget
  • Blank Budget Template
  • Expense Tracker
  • Irregular Expense Tracker
  • Blank Savings Goal Tracker
  • $1000 Savings Tracker
  • Debt Payments Tracker
  • Debt Payoff Progress Tracker
  • Matching 2018 Monthly Calendar

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Bills By Due Date

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This sheet is a great reference for your budget binder.

You’ll list all your bills and make sure to put them in due date order. Then you always have a quick reference to peek at and see what bills are coming up next.

Don’t forget to include quarterly, semi-annual, and annual bills. (Such as sewer, trash, insurance premiums, and subscriptions)

I like to use the comments section to note if a bill is a fixed or variable amount. Also, if you have a bill that is quarterly (or less frequent), you can use this area to make note what months have payments due.

For bills that vary, you can put an estimate or average amount.

Bill Payment Checklist Printable

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The Bill Payment Checklist is my favorite printable of all! It lists all of your bills and is a great way to remember what needs to be paid. It will provide you a snapshot of what bills you have upcoming and a way to track your payments.

Even if you are great about paying the bills when they come in, what happens if you don’t get the bill? Using a Bill Payment Checklist will remind of you of all your bills-even if the bill gets lost.

Don’t forget to include bills that are set up to pay automatically.

It’s helpful to list bills in due date order on your bill pay tracker so you can see what’s due next.

You can include bills that are quarterly or less and just put an X through the months where no payment is required.

I like to include everything on here, even if there isn’t always a monthly bill. For example, I use a Kohl’s card strictly to take advantage of discounts and pay in full when the bill comes. Even though most months do not have a bill, I include it on my checklist so I don’t miss paying if I use the card in a given month.

Checkbook Register Printable

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Just like the ones that come with your checkbook, just prettier!

 

Monthly Budget Template

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Create your monthly budget and then use this budget template to track how you did compared to your budget.

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Here’s some ideas on what you’ll want to include for each category. This isn’t an all-inclusive list, but hopefully gives you a starting point. Just because I’ve listed an expense, doesn’t mean you need to include it in your budget if it doesn’t apply to your family.

Income:

  • Paycheck
  • Bonus
  • Child support
  • Alimony
  • Social Security/retirement income
  • Self-employment income

Savings:

  • Emergency Fund
  • Retirement
  • College
  • Vacation
  • Other

Home Expenses:

  • Mortgage
  • Rent
  • Insurance
  • Taxes
  • Repairs/Maintenance
  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Trash
  • Cable/Satelite
  • Netflix/Hulu/etc
  • Internet
  • Phone
  • Cell Phone
  • Alarm/Security

Debts:

  • Student Loans
  • Credit Cards
  • Personal Loans

Auto Expenses:

  • Car payment
  • Insurance
  • Fuel
  • Repairs/maintenance
  • Tolls

Living Expenses:

  • Medical premiums
  • Charity
  • Clothing
  • Childcare
  • Haircuts/Beauty
  • Entertainment
  • Gifts
  • Pet
  • Gym
  • Medical co-pays
  • Medications

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Blank Budget Worksheet

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Create your monthly budget and then use this budget template to track how you did compared to your budget.

This one is blank so you can decide how to categorize your expenses.

Expense Tracker

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The expense tracker is a great way to monitor a particular category of your budget. You can use one for each area of your budget or just for those trouble spots.

I use these to track categories that have several purchases throughout the month (and are easier to get into budget trouble if not monitored closely). Categories like food, dining out/entertainment, and auto fuel are good examples of categories to watch.

I don’t use them for budget categories that would only have one item, such as electricity. However, if you budget all of your utilities as one big category, then this tracker would keep you on target.

Irregular Expenses Worksheet

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One-off expenses can really throw off your budget. Be prepared and use this sheet to remind you of those irregular expenses that you need to work into your monthly budget.

Some common items you might want to include:

      • Car registration/inspection
      • Birthdays/anniversaries (gifts and/or party costs
      • Kid’s activities (scouts, sports, etc)

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Blank Savings Goal Tracker

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This is a fun printable to track your progress on a particular savings goal.

Whatever your goal amount is, divide it by 50 to get the increments for your boxes. For example, if my goal was $500, my boxes would be increments of $10.

I’ve left the boxes blank so you can fill in the dollar amounts that correspond to your goal.

You can visually track your progress by shading boxes as your savings reaches the dollar amounts. The colored boxes let you know when you’ve hit 20%, 40%, 60%, and 80% of your goal.

$1000 Savings Tracking Sheet

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Working on building your emergency fund?

Keep track of your progress with this visual tracker. Shade the boxes for each $10 you get saved up.

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Debt Payments Tracking Printable

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Want to be able to monitor your progress on your debts? Print one of these sheets out for each debt.

Each month, keep track of your payments and the new balance.

Debt Payoff Progress Tracker

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Like a visual to track your debt payoff progress?

Fill in the boxes with the increments that would match up with the percentages. You’ll shade the boxes as you pay off that much of your debt.

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2018 Blank Calendar Pages


The Budget Binder wouldn’t be complete without coordinating calendar pages.

You may find it helpful to track pay days and bill due dates on the calendar pages.

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