I consider myself a reasonably bright woman, yet when I look at business-type documents or spreadsheet computer programs, my brain hurts. Consequently, my goal this week was to keep things simple. As I stated in my previous post, we have a working budget; I just needed to taper a worksheet specifically to our situation. I had a couple requirements for this: 1) It must be something I can write on; when I’ve used computer programs I don’t feel as if I have the same sort of access or workability as I do with paper, and 2) it has to be simple. After fiddling around with my Excel-type program for some time, I gave up and went to my safe place on my computer — the word-processing program. There I created a chart that is very simple and straight-forward. Anyone with a mind for business or with an affinity for their spreadsheets, will probably find it juvenile. It is also pretty specific to our family, our pay-periods and our expenses. Here is what I came up with (You will have to click to enlarge):
Simple and to the point. I think it will help keep things a bit more organized, but of course I need a month of using it before I can make my judgement.
It wasn’t a terribly exciting week, but my mission is accomplished. Next week I’ll be working on my kitchen counters (my husband’s excited about this one – my habit of making piles drives him mad 🙂 ). Until then!