Vertex42 lists over a dozen free budget spreadsheets that work with Microsoft Excel, as well as some that are compatible with Apache OpenOffice Calc and Google Sheets. You'll find spreadsheets for monthly and yearly household and personal budgets, Christmas gift budgets, business budgets, wedding budgets and a Money Manager Spreadsheet for Kids.
For those who want to be able to track expenses against a budget, the Money Management Template is an excellent Excel or Calc spreadsheet that does not require macros to use.
Many of these spreadsheets include a demo video tutorial.
It's Your Money lists seven free budgeting spreadsheets, including a Cash Flow Budget Spreadsheet inspired by Dave Ramsey's budgeting methods. Need to keep a budget by the week? Try the Box Budget Spreadsheet, which breaks down each month into four weeks.
These spreadsheets work with Microsoft Excel 2000 or later with macros enabled, and some will work with OpenOffice Calc (free). It's Your Money offers an assortment of free or low-cost personal money management spreadsheets.
PearBudget is a free, comprehensive household monthly budget spreadsheet that can be downloaded and used with Microsoft Excel or any other spreadsheet software that supports xls files. An analysis tab analyzes expenses by month and budget category and shows the difference between actual and budgeted spending.
Check out the review of PearBudget's budget spreadsheet.
PearBudget also offers an updated online version of the budget spreadsheet that does not require a download and is available for a free 30-day trial.
Use the Google docs template gallery for Google Sheets, to find some great options for budgets.
- Best-Personal-Budget-Planner: A nicely done and very comprehensive budget spreadsheet with embedded spending and budget summary graphs.
- Simple Budget Planner: A more compact budgeting spreadsheet by Google that lets you budget expenses by percentage of annual and monthly income.
- Yearly Budget Template: A detailed yearly and monthly budget tracking spreadsheet. This budget spreadsheet lets you project income and savings as well as keep a record of actual income and savings.
If you prefer using Google Drive spreadsheets, you can also find some of the Vertex42 budget spreadsheets mentioned above in the Google Drive templates.
The Best Free Excel Budget Spreadsheet Template Sources
Managing a budget, while perhaps not the most exciting activity, can help you keep your finances organized and your debt from overwhelming you. It can also help you plan your financial future, from buying that great outfit next month to saving for a new car, to coming up with the down payment on your future home and beyond.
Budgeting doesn't have to be an arduous task, thanks to the power of budget spreadsheets. And thanks also to some industrious, finance-minded people out there, you can further simplify your budget management tasks with the help of handy and free Excel templates with pre-built budget spreadsheets ready to go.
The following rounds up four of the best free budget spreadsheets available on the Internet. Choose from online spreadsheets or downloadable templates that can be used with Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets or Apache OpenOffice Calc. All can be edited to suit your budgeting needs.